Ministries

MINISTRIES & MISSION

“A Kid’s Place”:  This emergency assessment center for abused, abandoned and neglected children is located in Valrico.  Holy Innocents’ helps to support the center with our time talent and treasure

A.A.: Alcoholics Anonymous has three groups that meet at the church at different times each week

Adopt-a-Family: Buys and distributes gifts and cash to needy families during the Christmas season

Angel Tree: Buys and distributes Christmas gifts for families who parent or parents are incarcerated

Boy Scouts:  Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts. Educational program for boys and young adults to build character and learn responsibility of participating and citizenship

Brandon Outreach Clinic: Provides health and wellness services free of charge to people in our community who do not have access to basic health care.  They provide diagnosis, treatment, lab tests, and follow-up care.  The clinic teams up with local specialists, who provide additional care free of charge.  Holy Innocents’ supports this service to our community financially and are part of their volunteer team (brandonoutreachclinic.com)

Bread Ministry: Pick up bread from a local grocery store and distribute it to Meals on Wheels clients and others in the community in need of food.

Daisy Scouts: For girls in grades K-1 who are ready to start on their Girl Scout journey! Daisy Scouts earn petals (badges), sell cookies, explore nature, and learn how to make a difference in their community, even at a young age.

Dominican Republic Partnership: Missionary work of building the Centro Bueno Pastor (Good Shepherd Center) chapel/church outside of Santo Domingo

Emergency Care Health Organization (ECHO): Donates food, clothing and school supplies for needy families

Family Promise: A local non-profit that aids local homeless families by giving a safe place to stay in churches while they secure jobs and homes. Holy Innocents’ is one of a network of churches in the Brandon area who take a week every few months to house and feed families.

KidsPack: Provides food bags to children in need at local Dover Elementary so that they have food on weekends when they are away from school. Holy Innocents’ packs food bags every other week at church, then delivers them to Dover. During the 2014-15 school year, participants in this intergenerational ministry outreach packed 3851 weekend meal packages for kids who would otherwise not eat on the weekends.

Meals-on-Wheels: Provides and delivers hot meals to homebound needy families

Mission Trips: Organized trips to different locations in the country and around the world to help those in need

Nets for Life: Empowers communities to fight malaria by raising awareness, providing life-saving education, and promoting the use of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in homes. A single net protects three children form malaria. The program trains volunteers as Malaria Control Agents, equipping them to educate their communities about proper net use and maintenance. The ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts of these volunteers helps to instill a net culture – a community-wide understanding of the protective value of nets, ways to prevent malaria, and when to seek effective medical treatment.

Rachel’s Guild: Makes quilts for abused, abandoned and neglected children at Joshua House

Seamen’s Institute: Collects toiletries and personal supplies for merchant seamen who come to the Port of Tampa

St. Lawrence Guild: Prepare homemade soups for those in our parish who are homebound or ill

Veterans’ Ministry: Display photos of family members from our congregation who are serving in the military and support them as needed throughout the year

Whistle Stop Craft Show: Annual fall craft show to raise funds for mission and outreach

STEWARDSHIP

Stewardship Committee: Support the mission of Holy Innocents’.  Plan and organize annual stewardship programs and campaign

Year-Round Stewardship:  Lay ministry and service opportunities booklet and promotion activities.  Time, talent, and treasure reporting and documentation

Planned Giving: Provide information and resources to parishioners on Holy Innocents’ endowment

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Adult Christian Education Classes:  9:15 a.m. on Sundays in various locations on the church campus. Adult classes offered on a wide variety of topics.

Bereavement Team: Supports parishioners who have lost a loved one

Centering Prayer: This group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel to go through centering prayer, which is a popular method of meditation used by Christians. It places a strong emphasis on internal silence.

Cursillo:  Retreat Weekend held at our diocesan retreat center (Dayspring). Cursillo prepares people for leadership in the church

Home Groups: Small groups for bible study and fellowship hosted by other parishioners in their homes

Men’s Bible Study:  Meets twice a month on the second and fourth Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the youth room to study scripture.

Women’s Bible Study: Meets once a week on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the youth room during each study. There are several studies offered throughout the year with breaks in between each study.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Happening:  Weekend retreat for high school students to understand and grow in their faith.

High School and College-aged Students: For young adults in grade 11 through 20s. They gather together for special outings and mission work.

Middle School: Kids in middle school are encouraged to attend the weekend program “New Beginnings” at DaySpring Conference Center, our diocesan retreat center, which will help them to explore their faith in relation to themselves, their friends, and their family, all in a safe environment.

Nursery:  Newborn to age 3, available on Sunday mornings from 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Kiser Hall.  There are always two adults supervising children.  The nursery is equipped with books, toys, games and snacks to give our youngest friends a fun experience together.

Young People’s Worship: Ages 3 and up. Happens during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. It includes bible stories using the “Godly Play” method, which features interaction with a Bible story while teaching quiet reverence and a sense of spiritual peace. The children leave worship at the beginning of the service and return for the Eucharist at the end.

Youth Group:  For kids age 5th grade through high school. They are encouraged to share their faith through the reading of scripture and outreach in mission work. They also serve as guides and mentors for our Young People’s Worship.

WORSHIP

Acolytes: Acolytes are young people of the church who assist in the Sunday service by carrying the cross, torches, and lighting candles

Altar Guild: Altar Guild sets up the Altar before all services and makes sure that everything is in place for worship

Baptism Classes:  Prepares adults seeking baptism and parents of children who are having a child baptized

Bell Choir: Adds a majestic sound to our worship services once a month. Meets on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Innocents’ Parish Choir:  Sings at the 10:30am service and on special occasions. Meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. for rehearsal

Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers: Members of the congregation read the scriptures during worship services, and serve the wine during the Eucharist

PARISH LIFE

Helping Hands: Meeting the needs of families when there is an illness, accident, death, or birth of a child

Parish Events: Coordinates all fellowship, hospitality and parish events for Holy Innocents

Sunday Coffee Hour:  A ministry that welcomes anyone after both Sunday services to have drinks and a snack in the Parish Hall, and provide social time to connect with others, particularly new comers.  Participants can bring a snack to share by signing up in the Parish Hall; those wanting to do more can help set up, make coffee & help clean up

PASTORAL CARE

Flower Distribution:  Altar flowers are distributed every week to health care facilities or those in our congregation who are not able to join us in church.

Greeting Cards:  Cards are sent to the congregants who share their Anniversary and/or Birthday with us on behalf of the church family.

Healing Ministry:  The Healing Ministry Team is available for prayer every Sunday in the Chapel area after Communion.

Hospital Visitation:  There are two team members tasked to visit the Hospital every week.  One generally visits in the first part of the week and the second visits the last half of the week.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors:  This team is trained to bring Holy Communion to those identified by the Pastor who are unable to come to church.  Each team generally visits once a month.

New Moms:  Meals or other needs are addressed with new parents shortly after they bring their baby’s home as a support from their church family.

Prayer Chain:  This team of   “prayer warriors” prays every day for those who ask for prayer or are in need of prayer, contacted through e-mail and always confidential.

NEWCOMERS

Advertising and Publicity: Coordinate advertisements and publicity about Holy Innocents’

Church Directory Assistance: Work with LifeTouch ministries to ensure that the photo directory we have is up-to-date with the photos and information (address, phone, email) of all parishioners

Newcomer Welcome and Coffee with the Clergy: Coordinate visitation and orientation for newcomers

Photography: Take photos of the daily life and events happening at Holy Innocents’

Sunday Morning Greeters: Parishioners who greet all who come in our doors and make our visitors feel welcome.  Provide visitors with current church information, handouts and facility tours. Help keep nametags up-to-date.

Ushers: Assist the congregation during Sunday services

Website Maintenance: Ensure that website is up-to-date and functioning properly