Unfortunately, last week’s service at Winchester House was canceled due to a flu outbreak at the facility.The children of The Church of the Holy Spirit, though, have used the opportunity to spread some love and blessings to the residents of Winchester House by making “Get Well” door hangers. Check out some of their amazing artwork below, and mark your calendars for Feb. 8, when St. Gregory’s Choir is rescheduled to help lead worship at the facility. Bring your family to worship with our sisters and brothers in Christ!
What an incredible welcome the last week and a half have been! The excitement and energy around the youth program at CHS is palpable. This is a special place, and I am honored to become a part of it. Thank you.
We had a great gathering of youth and parents at last Sunday’s meet-and-greet in the Parish Hall. Thanks for coming out, sharing stories, eating pizza, and playing human bingo!
There are a few things I would like to bring to attention:
1.) On Sunday Feb 1., I will be joining several other youth and leaders from around Lake Forest at a Feed My Starving Children event. I invite all high school aged youth to join me. We’ll gather at 12 p.m., grab a quick lunch and then pack lunch bags from 1 – 3 p.m. There will be plenty of time to get back for the Super Bowl at 5:30 p.m. Please contact me if you are planning on attending.
2.) On Friday, Feb. 6, from 4 – 6 p.m., Debbie Stockert and I will host all 5th – 8th graders for a St. Valentine’s party at CHS. There will be food, games, and fellowship. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks.
3.) We are going on another Work Trip this summer with Group mission trips! The dates are June 21 – 27, and we will be traveling to Ohio. Those interested will need to deposit $50 to hold their spot. We will be having our first mission trip meeting on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to share stories and expectations as well as schedule meetings and fundraisers. If you plan on going on this trip, you will be expected to help fundraise and attend the preparation meetings.
Again, I am so excited to be here and am grateful for the commitment to young people shared by this parish.
Charles Murphy is the Director of Youth Ministries at The Church of the Holy Spirit. Have a question for Charles? Contact him at email@example.com.
This past week was as much of a time of reunion for the CHS family as it was for families across the country. Wednesday night the CHS youth group, alumni, and parents gathered at Wisma for a Welcome Back evening of food and music. Then on Sunday morning following a lovely First Sunday in Advent service, many families attended the annual Advent Wreathmaking Workshop. Check out the pictures below. For more photos, check out our Facebook page.
Each year in November, the fifth and sixth graders of F.R.O.G.s go door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting canned goods and nonperishable items for the CHS Food Pantry. Paper grocery bags are distributed throughout the neighborhood with notes asking residents to fill the bags and leave them on their porches between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
This past week’s drive brought in dozens of bags of food, and the F.R.O.G.s left some brightly-colored decorations at the pantry when they dropped off the bags.
Check out the video and photos of their trip below, and don’t forget — the food pantry accepts donations year round. This month they are most in need of hearty soup, saltine crackers, and spaghetti sauce. For a complete list of pantry needs, visit chslf.org/pantry.
by Debbie Stockert
When the school year begins, there often is a lot of buzz in the hallways of CHS…where should my children go? Should they attend Children’s Chapel? Should they attend Church School? Is there a difference, and if so, what is it?
Well, my response to the first three questions is a resounding “Yes!” How Chapel and Church School differ will take a little more time to explain.
Our goal at CHS is to invite you and every member of your family into active worship here at the Church of the Holy Spirit. We aim to meet children at their many stages of age, growth, knowledge and faith.
Children worship and pray to God differently than adults, and so, we offer a worship service at 9 a.m. in our second floor Children’s Chapel that is designed specifically for them. They will hear a child-oriented Gospel message and learn to pray and worship among their peers. The main focus of Children’s Chapel is hearing the Word. The chapel leaders will engage the children in storytelling and drama to understand the gospel lesson and other faith stories. The children also sing, pray, and share … all with a child-focused message.
Children are encouraged to arrive before 9 a.m. in order for parents to arrive on time in Church. A chapel leader will be in chapel at 8:45 to greet the children. When parents enter the Nave they are asked to take a child-seat- saver and place it on a chair for their child who will be joining them later. Parents are always invited and encouraged to come and stay with their child in Children’s Chapel at any time.
Returning to the Nave will take place as a procession beginning upstairs and collecting the little children and then processing into church during the Presentation Hymn. The ushers will open the doors and children will return to their parents and their saved seats – rejoining their families for the remainder of the service and the celebration of the Eucharist.
The Church School serves children enrolled in classes beginning with 3 year olds through 6th grade. It is a comprehensive program that incorporates church school curriculum, the teaching of the Episcopal traditions, special fellowship events, and mission opportunities for all ages in a safe and nurturing environment. This is where the real learning takes place!
During the school year, Church School classes meet from 10 a.m. (immediately following the 9 a.m. service) until 10:50. There are at least two teachers in each classroom and they use the team-teaching method of education. Teachers work very hard to deliver a focused message each week and to help children bring those messages home with them. The Church school is a “cooperative” school, meaning that every Church school parent is expected to serve in some capacity with the program. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents, grandparents and members of the congregation.
Children at home
No matter what a church does day in and day out and year in and year out, the real objective of a church is to support children and families. Not just in church but beginning in the homes, their schools and their communities. Our faith walks with us every day.
The church continues to build programs and resources that support the role of the Christian parent. Please allow us to help support you in the ever-important task of raising children of God. And thank you for the gift of your children in this church.
Debbie Stockert is The Church of the Holy Spirit’s Church School Director and Family Ministry Associate. Have a question for Debbie? Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org