At Holy Family, we honor and respect young people as full participants in our church family, often lovingly referred to as the #holyvillage. Children and youth are fully-integrated into our worship services, ministries, and outreach work. Our youth often lead their parents into the mission field. They understand discipleship as a matter of the heart – listening to God’s call and responding whole-heartedly to care for and listen to the marginalized, the hungry, and the poor. An older youth member serves on our vestry (church board) to represent the needs and concerns of young people. Our Holy Family purposefully-engages in many intergenerational activities that offer support and energy to all who participate.
 
Children in PreK through 12th grade participate in Sunday school classes on Sundays at 9 AM during the school year. Lessons are prepared by the Children’s Ministry Director and Youth Ministry Director and are taught by caring mentors from the congregation. Occasionally throughout the year, families participate in intergenerational activities such as our St. Nicholas event and service projects.
 
Our programs break for the summer to allow our teachers a chance to renew themselves spiritually and spend time with their families.
 

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Babies and toddlers through age three are welcome in our Nursery during our 10 AM worship service. Young children are encouraged to play, share, and sing in our peaceful, loving environment. Please advise our caregivers if your child has any allergies or requires special medical assistance. A sign-in sheet is provided in the event that we need to reach you during these times.
 
Nursery care is provided during the 10 AM service to infants and children through age three throughout the entire year.
 

Godly Play

Children in preschool, Kindergarten, and first grade participate in our Godly Play class. Units cover two weeks with one theme. Most themes will have a Godly Play lesson and a Centers lesson.

Creation-300x200Godly Play is a Montessori-style approach to teaching Bible stories. Children receive instruction using wooden and felt figures that represent key people and events in the stories. They are encouraged to ask “wondering questions” about the stories to deepen their understanding of the material. They also participate in individual and group art projects that reflect the themes of the units.

Centers lessons will have the same theme as the Godly Play stories. They may include (but are not limited to) activities such as storybooks, books on CD, blocks, music, cooking, puppets, puzzles, crafts, and coloring sheets. Children may choose one activity or several during the Centers lesson.

Children in these grades are also welcome to attend our Childcare which is offered during the first thirty minutes of our   10 AM worship service.
 

Believers (Grades 2-3)

This grade level uses the Living the Good News and Building Faith Brick by Brick curriculum. Based on readings designated by the Revised Common Lectionary and other important bible stories, students respond by creating scenes and structures using Legos. Additional activities and resources help students better-understand and reflect on scripture. This class also focuses on the order of the seasons in the liturgical year and builds familiarity with full participation in all aspects of our worship service including learning frequently-used prayers and reading music in our hymnals.
 

GroupDisciples (Grades 4-6)

This grade level uses the Living the Good News curriculum. Lessons follow the readings used in our worship service and have activities designed for older students.  They will supplement their lessons with activities from the
Building Faith Brick by Brick Lego curriculum. Additionally, students are provided with the opportunity to be formed in the Anglican tradition, learning the basics of Episcopalian teachings that prepare Christians for Confirmation when they are eligible.  Creating a safe environment for tweens to grow in friendship is important to our program. The world is pushing harder on our kids than ever before, and we want to help prepare them to make good choices.
 
Mission Trip 2016

Youth Group (Grades 7-12)

 
Students participate in social and service project outings in addition to their Sunday
morning classes and monthly evening meetings.  Curriculum focuses on weaving Anglican traditions into daily life and recognizing and responding to God’s gifts to the world.  A focus on social justice discussions, active and engaging listening exercises, and leadership development activities are a significant part of every youth event.  All youth are encouraged to participate in both internal and external ministries. Most youth spend time serving as acolytes and running the sound system/audio visual ministries during worship, and attending a week long mission trip every summer.  Additionally our youth participate in multiple fund raising activities such as a talent show and annual pancake and spaghetti dinners with silent auction components.  Youth also participate in social outings, camping and canoeing trips, lock-ins and Diocesan-wide weekend retreats twice in the spring and fall every year.
 

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Service Projects and Outreach

Students in all grade levels participate in a variety of outreach projects which vary from year to year. Some recent activities include our Tools 4 School supply drive, Crop Walk, Angel Tree, Heifer Campaign, Dayspring Center work, and our annual Youth Group Mission Trip.

Social Events

Students in all grade levels participate in age-appropriate social activities throughout the year including movie nights, bowling parties, field trips, and lock-ins.
 
Children’s Ministry Director: Jolene Johnston  jjohnston@hfec.org
Youth Ministry Director: Marty Blake   mblake@hfec.org