All Parish Breakfast: December 15
Advent Parish Breakfast will be Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM. Please join your parish family at our quarterly youth sponsored breakfast. This is a special opportunity to share time and a delicious meal during this season of anticipation and hope. The menu includes cinnamon-baked French toast, sausage links, scrambled eggs, fruit and oatmeal, coffee, orange juice and milk. Adults are $6.00 and children ages 6-12 are $4.00, with a $20.00 maximum per family. All proceeds will benefit our Youth and Families ministries.
Christmas Eve Service 2013
Christmas Cookies and Hot Chocolate: December 22
During the coffee hours after the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services, join Youth and Families to decorate Christmas cookies, which will be delivered to our neighbors at the The Palms of Fort Myers Retirement Community. Contact Karin Winter at email@example.com for more information.
Children from Pre-K through 5th grade are always welcome to attend Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. weekly in the Education Wing. Sunday School takes place from September through May. We use the Episcopal curriculum Weaving God’s Promises.
Please make sure your children are registered for Sunday School. You can call in your registration to the office at 239-936-1000 or turn in the form available here to the office.
Please see the Teens and Tweens page for information on Christian education for kids in 6th through 12th grade. Teens in grades 9-12 are also welcome to become student aids in the elementary Sunday School classrooms. Sunday School also needs loving adults to teach our children the message of Christ. Please consider what you can offer to these important ministries. Talk to Betsey Lunsford for more information at 239-481-8730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children in the Church
Children are an integral part of our life as a church family. We consider them not just the future of our church, but the present. Children are always welcome to participate fully in worship services and church life. If desired, nursery care is available for children up through age 4 during our 10:30 a.m. Sunday service and at many events. All volunteers and employees who work with children in any capacity are trained in abuse prevention and child safety through our diocesan offices. We welcome you and your children to St. Hilary’s!
Children of all ages are welcome to sit with their families during any of our services. In an effort to engage children ages 4-12 in a worship experience appropriate to their developmental level, Children’s Church is provided each Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service. Shortly after the church service begins, children ages 4-12 are invited to follow the cross to a room next door, where they can participate in an age-appropriate lesson that follows the weekly Scripture readings that we hear in the regular service. Often their lesson will include time to draw or do a craft or time for movement and physical activity. The children return to the sanctuary to sit with their families just before communion.
Children’s Church is a time to grow, learn, and have fun … we hope you will join us as we celebrate God’s love and learn to be part of His church! Please contact Rebecca Jones at email@example.com for more information about Children’s Church. Loving adults are also needed to help with this ministry. Contact Rebecca if you are interested!
Vacation Bible School 2013
What a Moovelous time we had at St. Hilary’s in July!
HayDay VBS 2013 was filled with fun, laughter, making new friends, farm animals sounds (from children and actual animals), music, service projects, games and the important message that “Jesus will always love us; he’s our friend.” The weeks leading up to VBS were filled with planning, collecting supplies, practicing and decorating.
From Friday night through Sunday morning the Education Wing and Parish Hall of St. Hilary’s were transformed into a colorful farmyard and barn. On Friday we ate a farmhouse dinner and started HayDay with 25 campers, eight teens and over 25 adult volunteers. On Saturday, we ended with goats and chicks to cuddle and pet. HayDay campers and volunteers sang and presented a gift of friendship Sunday morning to remind us all that Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:11). We ended in back in the barn to show the spotlight slideshow especially made for HayDay VBS 2013, which highlighted all our campers and volunteers.
With so much enthusiastic help and support, HayDay VBS was a huge success. If you are interested in finding out how you can help next year, contact our Youth and Families Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.