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!

Free To Be Under Three 

Free To Be Under Three, NYC’s premier infant, toddler and two’s program is now a part of Heavenly Rest’s weekly activities.  We currently have open enrollment for all parents and caregivers with children from birth to thirty-four months.

Please read more about Free to Be Under Three by visiting our website at this link freetobeunderthree.com  To register or for any questions please call us at 212-988-1708.

Weekly Monday and Friday Playgroups
Join parents on Monday and Friday mornings from 10am-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.

Fall Children’s Programs
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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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.