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). 
 

To view photos of families in action with their patriotic goodie bags, please click HERE.



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
 

View photos from Stations of the Cross experience HERE.



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  
 

View more cookie exchange photos HERE.



Breakfast with St. Nicholas

On Saturday, December 8th, the Holy Family chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew hosted Breakfast with St. Nicholas. Families enjoyed a variety of breakfast treats including chocolate and peppermint pancakes and participated in crafts and games. St. Nicholas himself joined the gathering to share his story and give the children chocolate coins. 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.
 

View more photos from Breakfast with St. Nicholas HERE.



Gospel at Hogwarts 2018

 
Holy Family invited children of all ages to enjoy an adventure of discipleship to uncover the Gospel at Hogwarts. Scripture passages included The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Parable of the Sower, and the Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy. This multigenerational adventure took place on November 17, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Led by House prefects, guests attended a variety of classes at Hogwarts including Herbology and Potions, played a rousing game of Quidditch, and shared fellowship with treats in the Great Hall.

View photos from the 2018 Gospel at Hogwarts HERE.

This was the second annual Hogwarts event at Holy Family. View photos from Holy Family’s 2017 Gospel at Hogwarts by clicking HERE. Contact Children’s Ministry Director Jolene Johnston for more information. jjohnston@hfec.org


Bench Blessing

 
On Sunday, September 23rd, representatives from Girl Scout Troop 183 in Fishers participated in a special ceremony to bless the playground bench they donated to Holy Family. The scouts gathered over 400 pounds of bottle and container caps and lids that were recycled and transformed into the bench. The bench was a gift to the church in thanksgiving for using the space for Girl Scout meetings over the past five years. Following the blessing, the scouts chatted with Father Bruce, Mother Cathy, and members of the congregation about the project. 
 
 
 
 


Earth Day 2018

 
On Earth Day, April 22nd, Holy Family celebrated Earth Day in a variety of ways. During 9 AM Adult Forum, The Reverend Cathy Gray offered reflections on the holiday with those in attendance. Following the 10 AM service, everyone walked outdoors with Father Bruce to bless the Holy Family Community Garden plots as well as seeds and plants brought by worshipers. Finally, adults and children scattered native Indiana wildflower seeds along the treeline to enhance the outdoor chapel. It will be interesting to watch and see what Mother Nature provides! For more information about special events or the Community Garden at Holy Family, please contact Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

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