October 10, 2015
 Keep an eye out for exciting Children and Families Holiday activities coming up soon!
It’s Christmas Pageant time again! 
Sign up begins now for youth age 5 through 9th grade as costumed participants and highschool and returning college students as Heavenly Helpers. Sign up now by clicking on this link and filling out our Pageant sign up form! Our first rehearsal is Wednesday, December 6 at 5pm. and the pageant will be on Christmas Eve at the 3:30pm and 5pm services. Looking forward to another wonderful Pageant this year!

Merry & Bright: A CHRistmas Fundraiser

Join us on Saturday, December 2 from 4pm-7pm in the church to celebrate the joy of Christmas together. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, mulled wine and cider, festive live music, and the glow of Roland de Fries’ North Star art installation unveiled that night; there will be entertainment for all ages: make an Advent wreath or an aromatic pomander, decorate cookies, and trim our Christmas Tree; buy giftworthy parishioner-made gourmet foods, a Heavenly Rest ornament, and other festive delights. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus and the opportunity to sing the carols we know and love. Come and experience the merriness of community and the brightness of the season!

Who’s Got the Ugliest Kitschmas Sweater?

Help us ring in the holiday season in kitschy style! Dig out your ugliest Christmas sweater and drop in to the Merry Kitschmas party on December 8 in the Undercroft from 6-10pm. Our judges will award prizes for the ugliest sweater — you could be a winner! We’ll also have games, movies that are family favorites, tasty treats, adult beverages, and the cheesiest Christmas Karaoke ever. $20 suggested donation to support CHR programs. RSVP to Taylor Johnson at communications@heavenlyrest.org.

Middle School Youth Group: Friends, Faith, and Fun  Meets during the Sunday school hour (9:35am-10:25am) beginning September 10. This group is open to youth in grades 6 & 7. The leaders for this Youth Group are the Rev. Robbie Pennoyer and Lindsey Counts and their focus is to develop Christian Community through fun activities and service projects. Learn more and register.

Godly Play (for ages 3 to 9) 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.
Sign up here for Godly Play I (ages 3-5)
Sign up here for Godly Play II (ages 6-9)

Tiny Tots Church: This program is for young children ages birth through 2 years. This is a program for infants, toddlers and their parents. It meets during the Sunday school hour (9:35am until 10:25am) in the nursery. Learn more and register.

Club 4, 5:  Sunday School classes (9:35am until 10:25am) starting September 11 for grades 3 through 5:  Click here to register


 Baby Playgroup: Baby play group is open to infants and their caregivers meeting every Thursday beginning September 15. They will meet in the nursery from 9:30am to Noon for free play with age appropriate toys.

Sign up here for Baby Play Groups!
0-12 months Thursdays 9:30am-Noon
12-24 months Fridays 9:30am-Noon
24-36 months Tuesdays 9:30am- Noon
3-5 years Preschool Playgroup Wednesdays 3:30pm-5pm

Storytime: The story time group will meet on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 until Noon in the nursery beginning October 4th. Story time will be followed up with art and movement activities that are developmentally appropriate. The children will also be given additional time to play and socialize in the nursery. As of September 12, Storytime registration is closed as the class has reached capacity. Thank you for your ongoing interest!


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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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:
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