Pet Blessing 2020

 
On Sunday, October 4th, Holy Family resumed in-person worship following many months of participating solely in virtual worship through prepared video services. The outdoor services were broadcast over AM radio in the parking lot and featured the blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Despite the rain, participants joyously honked their car horns during the sign of peace and waved to maintain social distancing protocols. For more information about worship at Holy Family, please contact Father Bruce Gray. bgray@hfec.org

For more photos of the 2020
Pet Blessing and outdoor worship, click HERE.

 

Drone photo courtesy of Stephen Beard



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.
 
 


Prayer Flight 2020

 
PrayerFlight is a group of men and women who have joined forces to pray over our cities, states, and nation from the unique perspective of flight. We understand that it is not where we are when we pray but rather the sincerity and fervency of our prayers that God hears and answers. Our dedicated men and women believe that it is from our perspective in flight which allows us the opportunity to observe God’s awesome creation and are reminded of our duty to pray for our fellow man, cities, and nation.
 
Through our perspective in flight, we desire to spend time in prayer specifically for the city that we are flying over. On days set aside by PrayerFlight, the mission is to cover entire counties, states, and our nation as Prayer Warriors team up with pilots and physically cover an assigned area with prayer.
 
Marty Blake, parishioner at Holy Family (Fishers, IN), was contacted by the national PrayerFlight coordinators to find a volunteer pilot for the Indianapolis Capital City flight on May 7, 2020. Marty is a commercial pilot and flight instructor and is employed by the Indiana Department of Transportation where he oversees and regulates aviation activities and facilities in the State of Indiana.
 
Marty volunteered to command the flight and asked the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows to fly along and pray over the Indianapolis metro area. A Cessna 182 Skylane was the aircraft used for the 40-minute flight. The flight flew over many suburban communities, several schools, and multiple parishes including St. Christopher’s (Carmel), Holy Family (Fishers), St. Paul’s (Indianapolis), Trinity (Indianapolis), and Christ Church Cathedral (Indianapolis). Additionally, the Indiana State House and government center building campuses were flown over at approximately 12:00 PM on May 7th. The Indiana capital PrayerFlight originated and terminated at Indianapolis Regional Airport, located on the east side of Indianapolis.
 
 
From Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows:
The word for bishop in Greek comes from episcope—meaning oversight. Participating in National Prayer Flight by praying over the geographic area in my care—in my oversight—was profound. The people in the congregations of the Diocese of Indianapolis and the workers, leaders, and legislators that help govern us are always in my prayer. However to literally pray over our region during a time of pandemic and crisis seems fitting and right. To share this experience with two faithful leaders of our diocese made it even more meaningful. With the Feast of the Ascension coming on May 21st, I prayed the following prayers in addition to the extemporaneous prayers offered.
 
Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
Thou hast raised our human nature in the clouds to God’s right hand;
there we sit in heavenly places, there with thee in glory stand;
Jesus reigns, adored by angels; Man with God is on the throne;
Might Lord, in thine Ascension we by faith behold our own.
Christopher Wordsworth (1807-85)
 
 
Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, IN
 
Downtown Indianapolis, IN
 

For more photos from this Prayer Flight, please click HERE.



Online Worship: Out of the Box

 
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Family and most churches worldwide have transitioned their weekly worship services to solely online format. While this is obviously a limitation in terms of exchanging the peace with other congregation members in person and receiving Eucharist, the situation has also created an opportunity to reach worship participants all around the globe. Clergy members, staff, and volunteers have demonstrated creativity in their weekly readings, sometimes changing the physical location, props used, and presentation format in new and unique ways. Be sure to take note of each week’s worship video and watch for these “out of the box” presentations of scripture.  

 

 



Ash Wednesday 2020

 
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – Book of Common Prayer

More photos from Ash Wednesday are available here.



Christmas 2019

 
Holy Family celebrated the birth of our Lord with three worship services – 5 PM Children’s Service and 11 PM Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, the unique “Pajama Eucharist” was held at 10 PM when participants are encouraged to “come as they are,” even if that means in holiday pajamas and robes. For more information about worship at Holy Family, please contact the church office. admin@hfec.org
 

View more photos from Christmas at Holy Family by clicking HERE.



Greening of the Church 2019

 
On Sunday, December 22nd, members of Holy Family spent time decking the halls at the annual Greening of the Church event. Following the preparations for Christmas services. the Brotherhood of St. Andrew members hosted a spaghetti dinner in thanks for their hard work. More photos from this event can be seen HERE.


Stewardship Ingathering 2019

 
On Sunday, November 24th during both the 8 AM and 10 AM services, Holy Family congregation members gathered to offer their 2020 pledges of financial support to Holy Family and its ministries. Father Bruce blessed the pledges and encouraged those gathered to light a candle as a symbol of their role in the greater #holyvillage. For more information about supporting the worship and ministries at Holy Family, please contact the church office. admin@hfec.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Pet Blessing 2019

On Sunday, October 6th, Holy Family held its annual pet blessing during the 10 AM worship service. Many dogs, and one brave cat, attended the service with their humans and received a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Photos from this special service can be viewed by clicking HERE.