All Are Welcome

In God's House, At God's Table


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Christmas Eve at Holy Innocents

730pm carols, 800pm service with choir.
(No service on Sunday morning Dec. 25 at Holy Innocents)

Christmas Day at St Columba

9:00am Eucharist

Sunday Holy Eucharist:

9:00am at St Columba
10:30am at Holy Innocents

Choir Practice

9:30 a.m. Sundays at Holy Innocents

NEW! Christian Education/Sunday School:

9:30-10:20 a.m. Sundays at Holy Innocents

NEW! Adult Forum/Inquirer's Class!

After the church Fellowship Hour at Holy Innocents. Bring your coffee cup and a bite of something over and sit in!

Are you looking for a "church home?" The Episcopal Churches of Holy Innocents in Hoffman Estates and St Columba in Hanover Park welcome you "home" to worship with us. We are two churches, but we strive to be one in Christ. We are many colors, many backgrounds, many lifestyles, and one people in God's house. We are young, old, formal, informal, straight, gay, single, committed, and married.

Explore your relationship with God as a part of two inclusive, diverse communities. Worship in a "high-church" liturgy setting with a progressive outlook. We look forward to greeting you in peace.

Not sure you know how to "do church?" Never mind the fancy vocabulary, this is all you need to know:
Music, candles, chimes, and sometimes incense. People who smile and welcome you no matter who you are, what you look like, or how you live. Wisdom from the Bible and food for mind, body and soul. Prayers for people near and far. Children and young people whose enthusiasm makes you smile. Tea in a china cup with pink rosebuds.

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Who Are The Holy Innocents?
Feast Day: 28 December NT


We read in Matthew 2 that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Herod, fearing for his throne, ordered that all the male infants of Bethlehem be killed. These children are regarded as martyrs for the Gospel -- "martyrs in fact though not in will." Augustine called them "buds, killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves." - From The Biographical Sketches

PRAYER (traditional language)

We remember this day, O God, the slaughter of the holy Innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive, we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

PRAYER (contemporary language)

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Fr. Ted Durst, Vicar and Priest-in-Charge
Holy Innocents and St Columba Episcopal Churches
The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell and The Rt. Reverend Victor Scantlebury, Bishops
email-0024.gifColleen Muehl, Senior Warden
Stuart Leitch, Organist and Choir Director
Audrey Cannon, Altar Guild Director
email-0024.gifCherry Stoddard, Treasurer
Doreen Carlisle, Secretary
email-0024.gifGinny Gibbs, Webmistress




Unless otherwise indicated, this biographical sketch was written by James E. Kiefer and any comments about its content should be directed to him. The Biographical Sketches home page has more information.
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