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We are truly blessed at Holy Innocents’ to have so many worthwhile opportunities to donate our time, talent, and treasure to organizations through our Mission and Ministry programs.
We invite you to review our list of mission and outreach opportunities and consider it prayerfully. If you are interested in learning more or become involved with any of these programs, please complete our Ministry Interest Form.
Angel Tree: Buys and distributes Christmas gifts for families who parent or parents are incarcerated and distributes the gifts with a church-wide Christmas Event.
Boy Scouts: We are a charter organization for Troops 109 & 901 Scouts. Educational program for boys, girls, and young adults to build character and learn the responsibility of participating and citizenship.
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.
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 participate once every quarter.
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 deliver them to Dover.
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.
Rachel’s Guild: Makes quilts for abused, abandoned and neglected children at Joshua House
“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.
Adopt-a-Family: Buys and distributes gifts and cash to needy families during the Christmas season
Brandon Outreach Clinic: Provides health and wellness services free of charge to people in our community who do not have access to primary health care.
Emergency Care Health Organization (ECHO): Donates food, clothing and school supplies for needy families
Seamen’s Institute: Collects toiletries and personal supplies for merchant seamen who come to the Port of Tampa.
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.
Bequest Giving: Provide information for end of life-giving for the work of Holy Innocents’.
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 practice 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 fellowship hosted by other parishioners in their homes.
Men’s Bible Study: Meets twice a month on the second and fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. Check calendar for location
Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA): Established in 1883, the BSA is the oldest evangelic ministry of the Episcopal Church. Our mission is to assist men and boys with their relationship with Christ. Check calendar for meeting schedule. During meetings, we pray for and update our prayer list, discuss planned readings and upcoming service projects.
Daughter’s of the King: Women’s group that meets for prayer and service for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom. Check the calendar for meeting time.
Women’s Bible Study: Check the church calendar for schedule. There are several studies offered throughout the year.
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. Check the Church calendar for practice times and days.
Holy Innocents’ Parish Choir: Sings at the 10:30 a.m. service and on special occasions. Check the Church calendar for practice times and days.
The Children and Youth Choir: The Children and Youth Choir is open to all children grades 3 through 8. Contact the Choir Director, Matthew Swickey, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lay Readers: The congregation reads the scriptures during worship services.
Chalice Bearers: Serve the wine during the Eucharist
Ushers: This ministry is open to anyone willing to serve one Sunday per month during the worship service. Duties include providing bulletins to arriving worshipers, collecting offerings, and assisting during the communion service.
Greeters: Greet parishioners and new people, one Sunday a month. Guide newcomers to Parish Hall for coffee hour and answer questions they might have.
Audio-Visual Team: Sound team volunteers help in the sound booth during Sunday Services, funerals, and other church events. No experience is necessary.
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 newcomers. 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.
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 or by appointment.
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 visit 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.
Prayer Chain: This team of “prayer warriors” prays every day for those who ask for prayer or are in need of prayer, contacted through email, and always confidential.
To inquire about or join any of the ministries, please complete the below form, checking the box next to each ministry in which you are interested. Upon completion, your form will be sent automatically to our Parish Administrator who will let appropriate team leaders know of your interests.