Jr. DOK Prayer Walk

 
On Sunday, July 14th, a few members of Holy Family’s Daughters of the King and Jr. Daughters of the King chapters participated in a prayer walk at Flowing Well Park in Carmel. Participants enjoyed the glorious weather and stopped along the trail to focus on nature, read scripture, and reflect on God’s glory. For more information about Jr. Daughters of the King at Holy Family, please contact Directresses Ruth Everett and Kristine Canter. mmjrdok@gmail.com



June Youth Gathering

 
On Sunday, June 9th, members of Holy Family’s youth group gathered with their parents for some teambuilding activities, campfire s’mores, and Compline. Despite the rainy weather, everyone took part in the activities in the outdoor picnic shelter. For more information about Holy Family’s youth activities, please email youthministry@hfec.org.


Pentecost 2019

 
On Sunday, June 9th. Holy Family celebrated the Feast of Pentecost at both morning services and with a pitch-in picnic lunch. Guitar music was provided by Ethan Everett accompanied by pianist Bethany Paden. Recent Confirmand Mikaila Blake was also recognized and presented with a certificate signed by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and her own personal Book of Common Prayer. For more information about being confirmed, received, or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church, contact Holy Family’s rector Father Bruce Gray. bgray@hfec.org
 
 
 
 


Pride 2019

 
On a glorious morning filled with sunshine, Holy Family joined with over 200 members of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana to walk in the 2019 Pride parade. The morning began with a prayer service held in English and Spanish. Walkers carried Episcopal flags and handed out fans, stickers, and stress balls emblazoned with messages of God’s love for all. For more information about Holy Family’s “Believe Out Loud” welcoming mission, please contact The Reverend Bruce W. Gray bgray@hfec.org (rector) or The Reverend Cathy Scott cscott@hfec.org (deacon). 
 
More photos from the Pride parade can be seen HERE.
 


Celebration Sunday 2019

 
On Sunday, May 19th, Holy Family honored its 2019 high school graduates. Three students participated in 9 AM Sunday school, sharing reflections from their years in high school, holding part time jobs, and applying for college. Their parents were also invited to attend. During the 10 AM service, Father Bruce blessed all the graduates as well as its Christian formation teachers. The high school graduates will receive bibles and prayer shawls made by Holy Family’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. 
 
 


Easter 2019

 
Holy Family celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord at Easter Vigil and on Easter Day services. Photos from worship, Easter Brunch, and the annual Easter egg hunt are available by clicking HERE. You may view videos of Easter homilies and choir anthems by clicking the links below.
 
Easter Vigil homily:
by the Reverend Cathy Gray
 
Easter Vigil choir anthem:
 
Easter homily:
by the Reverend Bruce W. Gray
 
Easter choir anthem:


Holy Week 2019

Holy Family held several services during Holy Week including ones on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Photos are available by clicking HERE. Click the links below to hear the homily and choir anthem from Palm Sunday.
 
Palm Sunday homily:
A Story of Two Processions
by the Reverend Bruce W. Gray
 
Palm Sunday anthem:
Let Sweet Hosannas Ring
by the Holy Family choir
 


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.



Lenten Youth Group Outreach

 
Six youth from HFEC and four adults gathered on Friday evening, March 22nd, for time focused on the importance of effective communication and how it impacts our daily lives. The group participated in a nonverbal game of “telephone,” to understand the importance of detail in all forms of communication.  As always, the end result is far away from the original piece of information!  After our Compline worship service, the group delivered a prepared meal for the Hamilton County Emergency Communications dispatch center located at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office/Jail Complex in Noblesville.  After setting up the meal in the break room, the group was given a tour of the 911 dispatch center controlling the police, fire, and other emergency response operations in the county.  The group was able to hear one-sided live 911 calls and see the required calm and effective action to perform this important job 24 hours a day!  The group was also allowed to see the Emergency Operations Center which is activated during major events such as flooding, potential earthquakes, or other major disasters.  Many of our youth and adults asked excellent questions and were able to learn about this potential career path is this important part of our lives. For more information about Holy Family’s Youth Group, please contact director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org

More photos from this event can be viewed HERE.



Girl Scout Sunday 2019

 
On Sunday, March 10th, Holy Family celebrated Girl Scout Sunday. The Girl Scouts designate the Saturday and Sunday that fall nearest to March 12th, the Birthday of Girl Scouting, as Girl Scout Sabbath and Girl Scout Sunday to give girls an opportunity to be recognized as a Girl Scout within their house of worship. Father Bruce blessed scouts in attendance during the 10 AM service.