October 10, 2015

 Heavenly Rest is re-imagining our Children and Family ministries, and welcoming a new member to our team: read more about it here!

It‘s Christmas Pageant Sign-Up Time!
Participate in this 49-year old Pageant tradition where 100 children (along with live animals) tell the Christmas Story. Sign-up begins now for youth age 5 through 8th grade as costumed participants. High school and returning college students are invited to be Heavenly Helpers. Complete the pageant sign-up form here. Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-5:45pm. Questions? E-mail Director of Music Mollie Nicholas at mnichols@heavenlyrest.org. The full rehearsal schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, December 5, 12, 19 from 5pm-5:45pm
Friday, December 21 from 4pm-6pm
Saturday, December 22 from 11am-1pm
Sunday, December 23 from 4pm-6pm
Monday, December 24, 2:30pm for 3:30pm and 5pm Pageants

Afterschool Grace-To-Go Packing Community Service
Looking for an opportunity to do some family community service or to give your child that experience? Join us on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:30pm-5:30pm in Darlington Hall to help us pack 400 meals to provide to families in December. Snacks will be provided. Please e-mail Lucy at lbreidenthal@heavenlyrest.org to sign-up!

Weekly Monday and Friday Playgroups
Join parents on Monday and Friday mornings from 11am-Noon in our Good Shepherd Play Room for free play, prayer, and community. Parents and children gather together weekly to share experiences, learn, and explore together.

Monthly Saturday Playgroups
Join us for a monthly Saturday playgroup from 10:30am-12:30pm for parents of infants and toddlers! We will gather for storytelling, music, and play. Coffee and bagels provided, cash donations accepted. Upcoming Saturday Playgroup dates: November 17, December 15, January 19, and February 16.

Children’s Programs Begin September 23rd!
We’re excited to be re-starting our children’s programs, both familiar and new. Godly Play begins with an orientation for children and parents. And our new Head of Children and Family Ministries, Lucy Breidenthal, launches an exciting new initiative called Sunday Explorations, a series of two-part workshops for our young people on Sunday mornings to delve into and explore our faith and traditions. More detailed information will be forthcoming, but here’s a sneak-peek at what’s upcoming:
*Holy Stories, Sacred Light: Stained Glass with Tim Lively
*Stewards of the Earth: Creation Labyrinth 
*God With Us: Guests in a Strange Land Storytelling Workshop 
*For Quiet Girls: Mary, Mother of Jesus Dance & Movement Workshop

Godly Play (for ages 3 to 1st grade) is a method of Christian Education and spiritual direction whereby children learn the art of religious language through parable, sacred story, silence. and liturgical action.  In Godly Play we tell the Bible stories to children to encourage them to connect to their personal experience of God.


Being in a choir provides both a singing and spiritual community for children and their families at our church. The combination of advanced musical training in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with the spirituality and camaraderie of a church choir is unique. Many of our choristers have remained a loyal part of the program all the way through their graduation from high school. To learn more about Children’s Choir, see a schedule, or sign up – click here.

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Need a Prayer

Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.