CPR/AED Training

 
On Wednesday, January 16th, Holy Family hosted an American Heart Association CPR/AED training and certification in the parish hall. Generous members of Holy Family’s congregation recently donated funds to purchase an AED unit for the church and cover the cost of the training led by Shaun Barnett. The course was attended by members of the congregation, staff, childcare volunteers, preschool teachers, vestry members, and ushers in an effort to be better-prepared to serve the community in case of an emergency. Special thanks are extended to Holy Family member Dr. Douglas Tannas for coordinating the AED purchase and CPR/AED training. For more information, please contact the church office. admin@hfec.org
 
 

For more photos from the CPR/AED training please click HERE.



Rocked the Socks!

 
This fall Holy Family teamed up with The Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis in an attempt to donate 10,000 pairs of socks to Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis. Socks are the most needed (and at least donated) items for the homeless community. At the end of the drive which took place over about six weeks, 20, 732 pairs of socks were purchased or donated to Wheeler Mission! Many thanks to those who participated in donating money, socks, or helping deliver the donations. For more information about outreach projects at Holy Family, please contact Deacon Cathy Scott. cscott@hfec.org
 
 
 


Angel Tree 2018

Holy Family delivered gifts to children at Fishers Elementary as part of its annual Angel Tree ministry. This beloved tradition brings together young and old and the spirit of giving. For more information about Angel Tree, please contact Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org


Mission Trip Presentation 2018

 
On Sunday, September 9th, members of the 2018 Serving in the Circle City mission trip crew presented stories from their outreach work in Elwood and Indianapolis. Click below to view the slides used during the presentation. Contact Youth Director Marty Blake for more information about Holy Family’s youth mission trips. mblake@hfec.org

SITCC Presentation Online



Education Sunday 2018

 
Holy family kicked off the Christian Formation year with a multi-generational formation festival.  Participants from all levels of Sunday school, youth group, and adult formation engaged in interactive team building activities centered around a farm theme.  Participants spent ten minutes learning about each other by separating into groups such as “sweet” or “salty” and “hand-held Bible” or “electronic app” before breaking into smaller groups for continued work together.  Participants were required to utilize effective coordination, communication, and trust to achieve a common goal.  Finally, the larger group was broken into their appropriate formation age groups to discuss upcoming curriculum in their classes.  For more information about Christian formation at Holy Family, please contact the following leaders:
 
Children’s Ministry: Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org
Youth Ministry: Marty Blake mblake@hfec.org
Adult Formation: The Reverend Bruce W. Gray bgray@hfec.org
 

For more photos from Education Sunday at Holy Family, please click HERE.



Community Solidarity Gathering

 
The Reverend Bruce W. Gray spoke at tonight’s Community Solidarity Gathering at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel after recent vandalization. The following is the text of Father Bruce’s presentation.
 

I greet you tonight on behalf of Episcopalians throughout the Indianapolis region and beyond.

One of the privileges and opportunities human beings receive when each of us is created is to participate in the divine task of growing day by day in our awareness of how interconnected we all are. We all, every one of us, are created in the divine image, and given the holy task of loving each other, both people seemingly different from ourselves and those apparently more similar.

Yet too often people resist this awareness through various means, such as labeling and persecution. In those moments human desires for superiority over others try to overwhelm the divine truth of the wholeness of creation and the oneness of all people. These types of behaviors seek to divide us, to deny the holy bonds that exist among us all. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to especially respond to attitudes, actions, and words of Anti Semitism, since too often Christian texts and institutions have been used to justify the creation and propagation of Anti-Semitism. Millions have died as a result, and so I must explicitly say, and pray for “no more.”

No more hatred. No more destruction. No more violence.

But to simply say and pray it is not enough.

So

I offer to you all the promise that I, and so many others, will hold and uphold the divine truth that we all, all people, are one, equally loved and cared for by God. And we all stand in solidarity tonight, and will continue to do so, facing together the people in this world who desire our division from one another and want to hear fear in our voices. Instead, we vocalize holy solidarity, divine courage, and blessed joy.



Pride 2018

 
On Saturday, June 9th, clergy and members of Holy Family Episcopal Church participated in the Indy Pride Festival Parade and Festival. The Rev. Cathy Scott (Deacon) and The Rev. Bruce W. Gray (Rector) marched with others from the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis led by The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop. Over 150 participants from the Diocese gathered for a prayer service and blessing before the parade. Following the parade, members of several Episcopal churches manned a booth at the festival, sharing God’s love and information about the inclusiveness of the Episcopal Church. For more information about Holy Family in Fishers, please contact Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

More photos from the parade can be found by clicking HERE.



Sudanese Bishop Visit

The Rt. Rev. Moses Anur Ayom, Bishop of the Diocese of Athooch in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, and Rebecca Koryom, head of the Mothers Union in that diocese, visited Holy Family on May 3, 2018 as part of their Global Missions Commission partnership. They were accompanied by The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. and The Rev. Jeffrey Bowers, Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
 
The Diocese of Athooch was formed in 2014 when then-Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul split the Diocese of Bor into two entities and established the new diocese north of Bor. Deng Bul retired last month and was succeeded by the Most Rev. Justin Bada Arama. The Diocese of Indianapolis had a companion relationship with the Diocese of Bor from 2002-2016. For more information about the Global Missions Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, please click HERE.
 

For more photos of tonight’s gathering, please click HERE.



Spruce Up For Spring!

 

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Members of Holy Family’s Youth Group gathered to spruce up the church grounds by trimming ornamental grasses, raking leaves, and pruning rose bushes in preparation for upcoming Holy Week services. The students and adult leaders finished their monthly gathering by sharing Compline together. For more information about Holy Family’s Youth Group, please contact Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org


Lenten Lock-In 2018

 
On Saturday, March 10th, Holy Family Youth Group held its annual Lenten Lock-In. As an extra special wrinkle, the participants enjoyed (or didn’t!) losing an hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time.
 
 
 
The students began the evening with an Agape meal. An Agape Meal is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. At certain points in the Agape Meal, food was passed and shared with the group between readings and songs.
 
 
Following the Agape meal, youth participated in a spiritually-moving Stations of the Cross service featuring a social justice focus. The Reverend Cathy Scott, Holy Family’s Deacon, gave readings for each station that compared the original path of Jesus to the cross to modern-day examples of suffering in our local community and around the world.
 
 
The evening also included a teambuilding activity in the Narthex and some free time for games and fellowship.
 
 
As is tradition for the Lenten Lock-In, the youth prepared and delivered a meal to those who serve our community in the dark of night. This year they prepared a salad, lasagna, cake, and drinks for the officers working the night shift at the Fishers Police Department. The students and youth leaders toured the station and participated in a lively discussion with Officer Simmonds.
 
 
Back at church, everyone prepared for bed and finished the evening with Compline from the Book of Common Prayer.
 
 
Following breakfast in the parish hall, the lock-in participants attended the 8 AM service and shared Eucharist.  The event has become a very special part of our youth ministry. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Youth Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org
 
For more Lenten Lock-In photos please CLICK HERE