Amazing morning of worship followed by luncheon brings blessings to church

The House of Hope and other guests joined us Sunday, Sept. 25 for worship and a luncheon following services.

To aid non-Episcopalians in understanding the order of worship, each participant was given a service folder with the entire service, including prayers, scripture and hymns printed.

Communion, as always, was open to all.

A very enthusiastic rendition of Onward Christian Soldiers dismissed us to go out and love and serve the Lord.

Although the luncheon had been planned for outdoors, thunderstorms quickly changed our minds, and everyone found a place inside the building to enjoy the meal and fellowship.

Fried chicken was prepared by Randy Parten and side dishes were brought by parishioners.

It was a fun, spirit-filled day.

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Creative worship through Bible Journaling

Creative worship through Bible Journaling
This page, done by journaler and blogger Stephanie Ackerman, is representative of the journaling being done by people worldwide as they seek a closer relationship with God.
This page, done by journaler and blogger Stephanie Ackerman, is representative of the journaling being done by people worldwide as they seek a closer relationship with God.

Holy Innocents to host workshop March 19

Setting aside time during the day for a one-on-one with God is something we all yearn for, but in our busy lives, it doesn’t always happen. Daily Bible readings are posted everywhere (see our sidebar for the Lectionary), but even that convenience doesn’t always motivate us.

But women (and men) across the world are coming together, physically and in spirit, to share a journey with Christ that is attracting attention everywhere.

Creative worship through Bible journaling is increasing sales of journaling Bibles, colored pencils, watercolors, cling stamps, stickers and rub-on letters, as journalers take to the margins of their Bibles to illustrate the verses.

Doodling and drawing have long been a part of note-taking, and studies have found that people often remember what they were thinking about when they look at their drawings and doodles years later. Bible journaling seems the perfect venue for that type of creativity.

Several websites and Facebook groups have sprung up to accommodate those who are eager to participate. The image with this story comes from one such blog, Homegrown Hospitality. Visit the page to get a peek into the process by one journaler.

Some websites and Facebook groups are journaling together with devotionals provided by the administrators of the site or group. Others are following their own reading plans and coming to the groups for inspiration or to share their work.

Holy Innocents will host a workshop Saturday, March. 19, at the church to introduce the community to Bible journaling in its many forms. The workshop is free and there will be door prizes, including a journaling Bible.

Please fill out the attached registration form so we know how many to expect in order to get materials put together.

Register here.

Below are some examples of Bible journaling and journaling Bibles. Most Bibles are available now, but a couple will not be released until March.

Journaling Bibles have wider margins for notetaking and art, and the pages are slightly thicker. These are available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Christian book stores. But a lot of people are choosing to journal in notebooks, on canvas and even digitally. The beautiful thing is that there are no rules, but many, many options. And isn’t it just like our God to make it that easy for us?

Please join us March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and let’s get you started on your journey.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Come join us as we rid our pantry of all the fattening stuff to get ready for the 40-day Lenten season!

We’ll have a free pancake supper Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Did we mention that it was free?

Come fill up on pancakes and all the trimmings and share some time with your friends and neighbors.

And I forgot to tell you…it’s free!

Welcome to Holy Innocents

Welcome to Holy Innocents

Welcome to the new Holy Innocents Episcopal Church web site!

Holy Innocents is a small, intimate Episcopal Church in Madisonville, Texas in the Brazos Valley. We are a mission church of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

We welcome all to our weekly services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.