Ministries and Spiritual Life
Holy Innocents is a vibrant, welcoming community that creates a space for families to come and grow in their spirituality with one another.We offer a variety of spiritually enriching programs for children and families.
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Both adults and young people serve as acolytes at Holy Innocents. If you are interested, please contact the vicar, or speak with one of the acolytes.
Adult education offerings are held seasonally on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and also on Wednesday evenings. The offerings can be as general as a three-week study of prayer or as specific as a look at the life of a particular saint. All are welcome to attend.
Members of the altar guild assist the clergy in preparing the altar for each worship service. New members are always welcome. Ongoing training is provided for all who participate in the altar guild. Both youth and adults can acolyte. You might want to consider other behind the scene services: doing laundry, keeping linens in good repair, making the Sunday bread (for the recipe, click here).
Confirmation classes are offered periodically, as there is interest in the congregation. Classes are individualized depending upon the background of the person seeking membership. If you are interested in becoming a member of Holy Innocents and are not an Episcopalian, please let the clergy know so that arrangements can be made that fit your needs and schedule.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
EFM is a four-year course of study in scripture and theology. If you are interested, please contact the vicar. Financial help is available. If you have been attending ‘via media’ and would like to continue the conversation, EFM is an excellent way to do that.
Pastoral Care Team
The Pastoral Care Team maintains regular personal contact with the members of the congregation, providing pastoral care to those who desire it. The Pastoral Care Team also functions as a prayer circle, praying each week for those for whom prayer has been requested.
Members of the flower guild provide flowers for services each Sunday. Each member provides flowers approximately once every other month. The members of the flower guild work cooperatively to prepare the flowers for the church at Easter and Christmas.
Fundraising Social Events
Various parties and events are held during the year. All are welcome to participate, both by planning and by attending events that are of interest. Other ideas for events that members would enjoy are always welcome.
The garden at Holy Innocents is small, but a very inviting place to spend time. Many visit the garden simply to sit and reflect or participate by becoming one of our gardeners. To volunteer, please contact office at holyinsf.org.
Members of the parish offer hospitality each Sunday for coffee hour. There is coffee hour following each service. You can sign up during any church service at our sign-up sheet.
Nursing Home Visits
Members of Holy Innocents visit a local nursing home each month, providing a worship service complete with music and the Eucharist. If you would like to join the nursing home group, please contact Sister Jean, at The Community of Saint Francis.
Traditionally, outreach at Holy Innocents has included supporting local charities by providing food, socks or other needed items for homeless or otherwise needy people. We are currently in the process of growing our ministries of outreach and always welcome ideas about how we can best be the Body of Christ in our neighborhood.
The choir provides music for Sunday worship and special services throughout the year. If you are interested in singing with us, please speak with our music director, Bill Keck.
Understanding how we share our resources with the Church and with the world is an ongoing tack, not only for individuals, but for the Church. We want our conversations about stewardship to center not around a pledge form, but around how we live our lives.
Yoga at Holy Innocents Episcopal is a multi-faith practice accessible to all levels from novice to advanced. It is a space for ALL individuals to gather in community and connect with the body, mind, and spirit. The class is held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the sacred space of the sanctuary. This class has a suggested donation of $10-$15 though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.