Shining as an Example of Revitalization

The Rt. Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, is visiting St. Cyprian’s, Oxford, on Sunday, September 6. She will preach the sermon at the 11 a.m. service.

A church in the midst of a revitalization, St. Cyprian’s is home to a vibrant, diverse congregation. A historically African-American congregation, several years ago the church found itself struggling, so church leaders began reaching out to the community, including its growing Latino population, inviting and welcoming them in to the church. As the congregation grew, so did its offerings to its new members, including bilingual services.Continue reading “Shining as an Example of Revitalization”

Afterschool Literacy Program: A Beacon of Hope

On Sept. 15, 2014, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church launched an Afterschool Literacy Program.  The Rev. John Heinemeier, Vicar at Cyprian’s, envisioned a program that would target families of students identified as struggling readers.  With the assistance of the Literacy Advisory Board and the parishioners of St. Cyprian’s, the vision became a reality.

Enrolled students receive 45 minutes of individual tutoring each day.  Tutors were trained in the Augustine Literacy Project, which is a multi-sensory, phonetic approach to reading instruction.  Tutors planned lessons utilizing structured language instruction (Orton-Gillingham approach) as well as Wilson materials.

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