Kindness Rocks Walk 2022

 
On Sunday, October 9th, members of Holy Family’s Children’s Ministry and Youth Group programs held their first Kindness Rocks Walk. Kindness rocks are small rocks painted with characters or words of encouragement and hidden in public places for people to find and enjoy. Students painted their Kindness Rocks during the Sunday school kickoff carnival in September.
 
Participants met at the old train station in downtown Fishers and walked the Nickel Plate Trail that runs behind the church. They started with the Hiker’s Prayer, deposited Kindness Rocks along the trail, peeked through the treeline at Holy Family, then finished with a prayer for the community. For more information about activities at Holy Family for children and youth, please contact the program directors.
 
Children’s Ministry – Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org
Youth Group – Ruth Everett youthministry@hfec.org
 

View photos from the Kindness Rocks Walk HERE.

 
The Hiker’s Prayer
Thank you God for the rising sun.
You’ve granted me another day.
Your grace is amazing; bless you faithful Lord.
The creation sings your praise, and I join the sound.
Heal my tired soul; restore my aching bones.
Lead each step along my path today.
Ease my burdens as I press forward.
Quench my thirst with your living streams.
Like the cool morning breeze, your peace refreshes me.
Steady me on the slippery slopes.
Release me from the ropes that bind me, that hold me back.
Protect me from the viper that hides.
Lift me up from this shadowy valley.
The peak is almost in sight. I am rising above this world.
Into your country, I long to go.
Bless my companions who travel with me.
The trail is rugged and narrow, but you are right beside me.
Thank you God, my trusted Guide.
Glory to your holy name. Amen.


Sunday School Kickoff 2022

On Sunday, September 18th, Holy Family’s Children’s Ministry and Youth Group programs held a kickoff carnival to begin the Sunday school year. Students participated in painting kindness rocks, playing teambuilding yard games, and sharing a snack together in the outdoor picnic shelter. More information about activities for children and youth is available from their directors. All are welcome!
 
Children’s Ministry: Jolene Johnston   jjohnston@hfec.org
Youth Group: Ruth Everett   youthministry@hfec.org
 

View photos from the Kickoff Carnival HERE.



Helping Hands

 
On Sunday, February 20th, students in the Disciples Sunday school class and members of the Holy Family Youth Group gathered to sort, count, and bag hygiene supplies for local friends in need. Their discussion focused on agencies that offer support and additional ways to serve as the heart and hands of Jesus in the community. For more information about outreach programs within Children’s Ministry and Youth Group, please contact one of the program directors. Jolene Johnston (Children’s Ministry) jjohnston@hfec.org or Ruth Everett (Youth Group) youthministry@hfec.org

View more photos HERE.



Gospel at Hogwarts 2021 – Triwizard Tournament

Holy Family held its annual Gospel at Hogwarts event on November 6, 2021. This year the scripture and activities were based on the fourth book and movie in the Harry Potter series called “The Goblet of Fire.” At Holy Family, students were sorted into three schools based on the elements of fire, water, and earth. The activities and scripture used throughout the evening, escape-room-style, also followed that theme. Students were challenged to solve puzzles and work together through many tasks including facing a dragon! At the end of the evening, all guests enjoyed Yule Ball refreshments and music in the parish hall. A special dance presentation and waltz lessons were provided by professional dancers. The final comments by Professor Meryl and closing prayer by Dumbledore called upon the Holy Spirit to be with each and every student and guest, that day and always. For more information about this annual ministry event, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org

View more Triwizard Tournament photos HERE.



Gospel at Hogwarts 2020

Following many postponements and cancellations of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Family was finally able to host its Gospel at Hogwarts 2020 event in April 2021. Students attended an outdoor, in-person event at Holy Family to visit Diagon Alley to “shop” for school supplies. They walked through shops such as The Leaky Cauldron,  Potages Cauldrons, Madame Malkin’s, Ollivanders, Flourish and Blotts, and Honeydukes then visited with Hagrid around a campfire. On the following evening, students entered the Zoom of Requirement for an evening of scripture and magical stories followed by more conversation with the Professors. Plans are already underway for the next event in November 2021. For more information about this free community event, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

View Gospel at Hogwarts 2020 photos HERE.



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
 



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

Click HERE for more photos from this event.

 


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.


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.
 
 


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.