Pentecost 2021

 
On Saturday, May 22nd, Holy Family held its annual Pentecost outdoor worship service and parish picnic. Households brought their own food and drinks for the picnic event in order to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. Children enjoyed watching the Holy Spirit catch their red streamers in the wind and shared personal portions of “Happy Birthday to the Church” birthday cake with all who attended. For more information about worship at Holy Family, please contact The Reverend Bruce Gray at bgray@hfec.org.

For more Pentecost photos, please click HERE.

 



Celebrating 2021 High School Graduates

 
On Sunday, May 16th, Holy Family celebrated its 2021 high school graduates. The seniors were presented with bibles as well as prayer shawls made by members of Holy Family’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. Both items were blessed by Father Bruce during the 10 AM service. Pictured above with Father Bruce are Hannah Tannas, Mikaila Blake, and Zach Clar. Aaron Lackner was not able to attend the presentation. Father Bruce also blessed all teachers during the service which was also the last day of Sunday school for the spring term. For more information about teens and Youth Ministry at Holy Family, please contact Director Ruth Everett. youthministry@hfec.org
 
 


Earth Day Holy Hike 2021

 
On Sunday, April 25th, Children’s Ministry and Youth Group households enjoyed a Holy Hike at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers led by Deacon Cathy Scott. The focus of the walk was thanking God for all creation in honor of Earth Day. Participants enjoyed the various trails, walkways, and treehouses at the park and stopped at various points to pray together. Prior to the walk, several families joined together at the picnic shelter to enjoy lunches that they brought for themselves. For more information about Holy Family’s Children’s Ministry and Youth Group activities, please contact the Directors.
 
Jolene Johnston, Children’s Ministry jjohnston@hfec.org
Ruth Everett, Youth Group youthministry@hfec.org
 

View photos from the Earth Day Holy Hike 2021 HERE.



Youth Group Campfire Compline

 
On Sunday evening, the Holy Family youth group met in person to share in evening prayer together. Socially-distanced and wearing masks, the youth and adults sat around the fire and brought a beautiful day to an end with Compline. Deacon Cathy Scott came back to visit and discussed new beginnings. Inspired by her trip to Iona, she utilized rocks to show the release of burdens and welcome positivity into their lives. The group was also able to witness the start of a beautiful sunset and also watch a fox wander through the outdoor worship area. For more information about Youth Group, contact Director, Ruth Everett, at youthministry@hfec.org.
 

For more photos from the Campfire Compline, please click HERE.



Ash Wednesday at Home

 
On Wednesday, February 17th, Holy Family held its first virtual Ash Wednesday service livestreamed on YouTube. Parishioners tuned in from home on various devices and imposed ashes on themselves and others in their households. View or print the bulletin HERE.
 
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
 

View photos from Holy Family households worshiping at home by clicking HERE.



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.