Celebrating St. Nick

 
On Sunday, December 6th, Holy Family celebrated the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of sailors and those in need, particularly children. St. Nick shared stories of his life with Junior Warden and long-time Sunday school teacher, Bob Murray, during Holy Family’s 9 AM worship service Facebook watch party. Father Bruce continued the conversation about the beloved bishop during 10 AM Adult Forum. Finally, Holy Family’s children were surprised by a visit from St. Nick during their weekly Children’s Ministry Zoom gathering where they learned more from him and shared the passing of the Peace. For more information about special events at Holy Family, contact Father Bruce Gray. bgray@hfec.org
 



Trunk or Treat 2020

 
Holy Family hosted its first Trunk or Treat event on October 30, 2020. Congregation members decorated the trunks of their vehicles in a variety of themes and handed out treats to children who attended. COVID-19 precautions were taken and included having display hosts wear gloves and masks for the entire event, offering treats that were store-made and individually-wrapped (in many cases prebagged as well), spacing vehicles more than six feet apart, making hand sanitizer available at several locations, and having the children visit the displays in a one-way path. Great fun was had by all! For more information about activities with Holy Family’s children and youth, please contact one of the program directors. Jolene Johnston – Children’s Ministry, Ruth Everett – Youth Ministry
 

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Listening for God

 
 
On Sunday, September 25th, children and youth members of Holy Family gathered for outdoor, socially-distanced gatherings of faith, fun, and fellowship. Children and youth each navigated an obstacle course, blind-folded, listening to the careful instructions of a Sunday school classmate or adult. The resulting discussion and prayers focused on the need to listen for God, no matter how difficult, in an ever-changing and anxious world. The youth group also enjoyed a personalized meditation/self-care session by yoga instructor and HFEC member, Greta Wilson. For more information about Christian formation activities at Holy Family, please contact the program directors.
 
Jolene Johnston, Children’s Ministry
jjohnston@hfec.org 
 
Ruth Everett, Youth Ministry
youthministry@hfec.org

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Christian Formation Fall Kickoff

 
 
 
On Sunday, September 13th, all ages of Sunday school/Christian formation classes met online via Zoom to begin the fall semester. For more information regarding upcoming virtual meetings and in-person gatherings, please contact Jolene Johnston at jjohnston@hfec.org or see the Holy Family newsletter.


Patriotic Porch Drop

To celebrate the Fourth of July, Holy Family’s Children and Youth Ministry students were treated to a surprise porch drop goodie bag filled with sidewalk chalk, a beach ball, microwave POPcorn, freezer POPsicles, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, suncatchers, and a US flag. The bag also included a handout with a prayer for our country from the Book of Common Prayer, a patriotic Spotify playlist, and helpful links to inspire patriotism in kids. During this time of physical separation, Holy Family enjoys finding ways to keep people feeling connected as a #holyvillage. For more information about Holy Family please contact the following: Ruth Everett (Youth Ministry) or Jolene Johnston (Children’s Ministry). 
 

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Pentecost Kids

Holy Family delivered Pentecost bags to the families with children to celebrate the birthday of the church. The bags included a red pinwheel, red candle, bubble wands for each child in the household, and a set of activities for how to explore the different ways that the Holy Spirit is often represented in scripture. Please send photos or videos of your child or family participating in Pentecost activities to Jolene Johnston at jjohnston@hfec.org.
 
 


Breakfast with St. Nicholas 2019

On Saturday, December 7th, the Holy Family chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew hosted Breakfast with St. Nicholas. Families enjoyed a variety of breakfast treats and participated in crafts and games. St. Nicholas himself joined the gathering to share his story and give the children chocolate coins. A special addition this year was a train village with many houses and charaters. St. Nick had a few minutes to take photos with the children before he had to get back to his adventures. For more information about children’s activities at Holy Family, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org.
 

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the Breakfast with St. Nick event.



Stations of the Cross Experience

 
On Palm Sunday, students in PreK-12th grade, adult mentors, and parents participated in a Stations of the Cross experience. During the weeks of Lent, students in grades 2-6 painted wooden crosses to mark the stations and were given an opportunity on Palm Sunday to describe the meaning behind their artwork. Participants walked the path of Jesus and joined activities that marked events along the way such as wearing a purple cloak or crown of thorns, tasting sour wine, and wrapping a small crucifix in white linen to place in a tomb. All participants carried their own personal crosses on the journey and were encouraged to take them home to hold during other Holy Week services. For more information about Children’s Ministry worship, please contact Director Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

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Child of God – Lifted in Prayer

 
Students from HFEC Sunday school classes in grades 2-12 gathered this past week to work together and construct a supportive model of the child of God. The “child of God” was a clear glass full of Christmas candy.  Other materials included three clear glasses labeled as faith, community, and love. There were also three butter knives each labeled as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The students were challenged to have all materials touching to elevate and support the child of God with the widest footprint possible which represented community outreach.  The group worked through several variations before suspending the child of God glass successfully by the knives on top of a marble table top. Following the activity, the students enjoyed a candy treat and discussed the connections from this challenge to their own lives. For more information about teambuilding activities at Holy Family, please contact Youth Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org
 
 
 


Junior Daughter Cookie Exchange 2018

 
On Saturday, December 15th, several members and prospective members of the Junior Daughters of the King at Holy Family gathered with their mothers and other Daughters of the King for a cookie exchange. Participants made holiday crafts and watched a movie. For more information about Junior Daughters of the King at Holy Family, please contact co-directors Ruth Everett and Kristine Canter. mmjrdok@gmail.com  
 

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