Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland


By: Ascension Press

Material Overview

Epic: The Early Church is a historical study of the founding of the Church in order to grow closer to Christ and understand the Church today.

About the Program

The second study in the Epic Church history series, The Early Church is a 10-part program that presents in exciting and dramatic detail the first 500 years of the Church through the lives and events of the saints, philosophers, theologians, martyrs, and ruthless emperors. For group or private study.



Home Preparation

Light reading assignments and study questions are worked through before class.


DVD Presentation

Dynamic and engaging DVD lessons start each session.


Group Discussion

A discussion of the session’s questions along with sharing of new insights from the DVD presentation.



  1. The Mustard Seed
  2. The Ways of Life and Death
  3. Martyrs and Apologists
  4. The Faith Attacked
  5. The Dawn of Christendom
  6. The Arian Attack
  7. The Bitter Fruit of Heresy
  8. Heroes of God
  9. Councils and a Great Pope
  10. Splintering of an Empire



  • Discover the major people, places, and events of the first 500 years of Church history
  • Recognize that the early Christian Church truly was the Catholic Church
  • Gain a greater understanding of the teachings and dogmas of the Catholic Faith—and meet those who gave their lives to define and defend them
  • Discover that many of the challenges facing the Church today are the same ones boldly confronted by the Early Church Fathers
  • Learn how the heroic stories of the saints can challenge and affirm your own walk of faith.



  • Dynamic On-Screen Graphics
  • Stunning Photography
  • Classic Art
  • Full-Color Study Materials
  • Animated Maps
  • Catechism References



Online Access available

Risk free preview pack available


Included Resources

This Starter Pack contains everything a leader needs to begin an Epic: The Early Church study, including:

  • 5-DVD Set (Ten, 45-50 min. sessions)
  • Study Set:
    • Epic: The Early Church Student Workbook (full color, 160 pages)
    • Epic: The Early Church Timeline Chart
    • Epic Bookmark
  • Leader’s Pack:
    • Epic: The Early Church Leader’s Guide (full color, 210 pages)
    • Epic: The Early Church Timeline Chart
    • Epic Bookmark



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