The Children’s Ministry at HIEC is a vibrant and meaningful space for children to learn about and experience God through games, activities, crafts, science experiments, music, liturgy, discussion, and prayer. Children pre-K- 5th grade meet for Sunday school in our Children’s classroom wing. Nursery care is available and provided by paid staff during Sunday morning worship and Sunday school.
Children also meet once a month on Wednesday night for GLOW, a great opportunity for children to grow deeper in their faith, building knowledge and confidence in their understanding of Scripture and the Christian life. We gather for snacks, talk about a faith topic, then play a game or an activity that builds on our lesson.
If you are new to Holy Innocents’ and are interested in investing in the faith formation of your child, please register for Sunday school by emailing Ms. Renee or Ms. Megan today. We are excited to partner with you as you lead your family in your journey of faith.
The Youth Ministry at Holy Innocents is designed to create a safe, inviting atmosphere where youth can feel free to be themselves while nurturing their faith. The mission of this ministry is to help build a strong, Christian foundation for our youth so they are prepared to lead a Christian life when they become independent adults. The HIEC youth program is an inclusive Episcopal youth community (EYC) open to all 6th-12th graders from various schools. Through practices of worship, prayer, community service, and fun EYC gatherings, our youth ministry works to instill a strong Christian understanding for our youth of who they are and who God is in this world.
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The HIEC youth are continuing to meet online for Sunday school due to COVID-19. While this is not an ideal situation, the youth stay active in this class and participate in meaningful conversations each Sunday at 11 AM. Right now, they are exploring the complex book of Romans and how Christians today can relate to those Paul addressed in this letter. Each week, the youth log into zoom and bring their Sunday school bags with them to the class. These bags are picked up once a month from the church and contain crafts and activities that relate to the lessons for that month. If you would like to join us for some fun conversations on Sunday mornings, please contact Megan Atkinson.
Our junior EYC program is for our Middle schoolers in 6th-8th grade. This group meets twice a month, once on the third Sunday of every month from4-6 and again on a special, alternating Sunday of the month with various times. These meet-ups do not include a heavy curriculum and are simply to provide fun activities for our youth to build relationships and enjoy their time with the church. Examples of these events such as movie nights and whirly ball are fun fellowship times for our Middle schoolers!
Our senior EYC program is for our High schoolers in 9th-12th grade. This group meets several times throughout the school year on rotating Sundays with alternating times. Events include a fall camping retreat, a trivia night based on the hit TV show “The Office,” a trip to the Studio Movie Grill, and much more! This group is also planning a trip to Greece for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage! Stay tuned for more info.
All EYC We have several events offered throughout the school year that are open to both our Junior and Senior EYC groups to enjoy! For instance, both groups are invited to visit Uncle Shucks Haunted Corn Maze in October as well as work with Open Hands Atlanta to pack meals for the community.
For a schedule of all our EYC events and more detailed information, please check out the events page and contact Megan Atkinson to subscribe to our weekly newsletter! To participate in EYC events, we ask parents to please fill out our one-time Youth Ministry Permission Form by clicking here.
** EYC gatherings are currently taking place as combined events due to COVID-19. The youth meet in person once a month for Bible study and once for a fun, outdoor, and socially distanced event.**
Acolytes at HIEC
At Holy Innocents, we value the role that young people play in our community and offer many opportunities for them to engage in the life of our parish. One such way is to participate as an acolyte in our worship services. Our youth can jump in on this opportunity anytime between 6th-12th grade and have training classes available for them throughout the school year. They enjoy fun perks such as pizza parties, pool parties, and an award ceremony at the end of the year!
The youth group at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church believes in the need to carry out our faith through service. We offer several opportunities to give back to the community and would love for you to join us! Please contact Megan Atkinson for details on service hours and for how you can get involved in giving back!
The Family Ministry at Holy Innocents’ provides various outlets for families in all stages of life to grow closer to God and to one another. The mission of this ministry is to create multiple opportunities for education and fellowship for families with children ranging from newborns to seniors in High school.
POLO is a group open for all parents with children in Pre-K through 5th grade. This group has several events held throughout the year that help establish friendships between parents as well as provide opportunities for parents to get involved in the spiritual lives of their children.
Plugged In is a group open for all parents of middle school or high school students. This group has several events throughout the year that help establish friendships among parents and keep them “plugged in” to today’s youth culture.
Through the Pastoral Care ministries of Holy Innocents' we seek to restore the compassionate and connected lives for which we are all created. For us, the new commandment - to love one another as Christ loves us - is to be lived out again and again every new day.
We encourage all members of Holy Innocents' to be active in Pastoral Care by:
- Calling the church and notifying one of the Clergy, Melody McNeil, the Assistant for Pastoral Care, or the church office when you or your family member goes into the hospital or is in need of pastoral care.
- Offering names for ongoing intercessory prayer through filling out the form in the pew.
Community of Hope International is comprised of laypeople who are called and trained to serve in all forms of pastoral care to members of our Holy Innocents’ church community as lay ministers. Pastoral care is when a person is “present” in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group, consciously or unconsciously representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs. Community of Hope is based on the monastic Rule of St. Benedict, which emphasizes obedience, humility, and discipline.
Holy Innocents’ is blessed to have a strong and faithful group of people serving in our chapter of Community of Hope since the spring of 2018.
God has blessed us to be a blessing. Holy Innocents’ is committed to sharing the overwhelming abundance God has showered on us with people who are in need in our community and beyond.
Through our partners, we provide support to our neighbors in need in the local community, greater Atlanta, as well as internationally. We give generously to organizations that provide necessities such as food, clothing, and other assistance to our neighbors. We continually seek and welcome new opportunities to serve.
At Holy Innocents’ many parishioners participate in outreach and service to the community, and there are many ways to get involved:
- Ongoing opportunities volunteering with our partner organizations
- Quarterly preparation of meals for the unsheltered, mentally ill, and the shut-in
Contact The Reverend Kenya Thompson - Associate Rector for Christian Community
Contact Lindsay Fluke Chair - Outreach Committee
Parish events, interest groups, and small group gatherings are just part of the way we offer hospitality and fellowship at HI. Our mission is to ensure strong relationships among all our parishioners. These relationships are the bonds that hold our community together and also help it flourish!
Get together with the guys over a cup of coffee and a biscuit as we discuss our current reading. All men are included and invited to attend!
A great way to connect with other guys. Hospitality and lively discussion as well as breakfast. All men are welcome and invited to attend!
The Men’s Dinner and a Book group meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month to discuss a book of the groups choosing. Each meeting is hosted by a different member.
Contact: Jeremy Webber
Start your week with authentic, in-depth conversation in the light of wisdom sayings from throughout the ages. We invite you to share the questions, challenges and thanksgiving of our lives. The Wisdom Circle is open; so come as it fits into your schedule and bring a friend. Visit the Women's Wisdom Circle Blog for more info and to get connected by clicking HERE
Contact: Abbie Hittauer
Open to all, the Prayer Shawl Ministry offers a chance for service to others as well as a time for socializing. The Guild of Knitters meets on the 1st Tuesdays of the month during the school year from 7-8:30PM in the parlor, so join us when you can!
Contact: Kathie Larkin
Have you ever read a book and then wanted to discuss and hear other's thoughts and opinions on it? Come join us on the second Monday of each month from 6-7:30 in Bishop Commons to share our impression of books, ask questions, provoke new ideas about relationships, humor, opportunities, the world, and our own aspirations!
Contact: Kit Reedy