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!

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

Youth Confirmation Registration
Youth Confirmation registration is open! Are you or someone you know about to be in the 8th grade? Check out our dynamic Confirmation class – more than just religious training, confirmation invites students to find out what they value, what it means to be part of a community of faith, and more. Calendar and registration available through our website, heavenlyrest.org, or contact Robbie Pennoyer at rpennoyer@gmail.com for more information

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.

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:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.