MISSION & OUTREACH
THRIFT SHOP CONTRIBUTIONS
Each Fall we hold our Fall Festival & Christmas Sale and share our proceeds with local charities. In 2022 we provided financial contributions to Meals on Wheels, Waikiki Health, Hawaiian Humane Society, Iolani Key Club, Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE), and the Wounded Warrior Project.
We also gift money to the Prison Reentry Alms Fund to assist with rehabilitation of prisoners back into society. Following this gift, a report is sent to the church, to be shared with the congregation, with requests for prayers.
HOLY NATIVITY FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Homelessness is one of the most challenging social issues impacting Hawaii, especially Honolulu. Holy Nativity Church Outreach program belongs to the “Shallow Subsidy” movement. We sponsor one family, per year, and the money we provide, helps families find jobs and accommodation, helps pay the rent, and generally helps support the family for one year while they get back on their feet and out of homelessness. This program has a very high rate of success, and we have been supporting this program since 2017 and hope to continue for as long as is necessary.
2019 was the 30th anniversary of this wonderful institution within Hawai'i. They describe their mission as a place that provides professional and accessible mental health counseling sensitive to the spiritual traditions of individuals, families and communities in Hawaii. As well as members of the church (including clergy) being on the board, we, as a church community, contribute financially to this organization.
We our proud to support this food pantry in East Oahu serving those in our community who are food insecure by providing food every Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
The Healthy Mothers/ Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘iis a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving maternal and child health in Hawai‘i through education, outreach, and advocacy. Our Holy Nativity Community donation drive provides canned and dry non-perishable goods, diapers, and personal hygiene items.
At Christmas, Holy Nativity School, Church, and Thrift Shop teamed up to adopt 12 families through Catholic Charities Hawai’i. HNS, HNC, and the Thrift Store each adopted one family.
Meeting people in the place of their greatest need, with the hope of sharing Jesus and a plan for good living. Holy Nativity is proud to provide financial assistance for their activities.
Holy Nativity hosts a food drive during Stewardship to help feed financially insecure college students.
Many ACSB clients are released from custody in poor attire, e.g., wearing jail issued clothing or dirty/damaged clothing. Many also lack items needed for basic hygiene. ACSB is initiating a voluntary project to assist these clients as they transition to independence. Holy Nativity helps provide a gift of men's clothing to help those recently released from custody.
COMMUNITY WORK DAYS
This non-profit organizes people to remove invasive algae from Maunalua Bay. Their work is never complete because the algae continues growing. Despite this fact, the organization invites people to come and learn how to help day after day, year after year. In October 2022, School and Church members spent a morning at Luliouou Beach removing algae.
CLERGY & LAY LEADERS
Our caring and experienced ministers visit private homes and care facilities, and provide baptism, confirmation, wedding, and other Christian services
Ushers greet parishioners, pass out service bulletins and guide parishioners to the altar during communion.
Altar guild members set the mood of a service. They keep the silver and brass sparkling, the candles ready to burn, the linens clean and crisp, and the flowers appropriate. This is a vital behind-the-scenes ministry that requires in-depth training and a deep commitment to the care of the sacristies of the church.
Eucharistic Ministers are lay leaders who assist the clergy during services. They help the priest administer communion. Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed Episcopalians and members of Holy Nativity who are licensed by the Diocese and serve at the pleasure of the Rector.
Lay Readers lend their voices to reading the Old Testament lesson, the Sunday Psalm, the New Testament lesson, and the Intercession/Prayers of the People to the congregation during Sunday and other worship services.
Our covenantal life with God is expressed in relationships of commitment and faithfulness, including those of same-sex couples.
It is the Church’s joy to celebrate relationships as signs of God’s love, to pray for God’s grace to support couples in their life together, and to join with these couples in our shared witness to the gospel in the world.
Our Music Ministry adds a harmonious presence at our worship service each Sunday and on special occasions.
Choir members sing during worship in person and collaborate with the Kona Choral Society and the Windward Choral Society virtually.
If you enjoy singing, consider joining our choir! Practice is on Thursday evenings.
Holy Nativity Choir
Creation Care and Environmental Justice are important aspects of living in Hawai’i, and Holy Nativity is actively doing what we can to make a difference. Environmentally-minded folks have formed a Green Team to look at our campus and find opportunities where we can reduce our energy usage, suggest and implement sustainable practices across the campus, and care for the wonderful Creation that God has made in our community.
We are taking steps to live more lightly on the land, such as installing photovoltaic panels to lighten our carbon footprint and participating in algae removal from Maunalua Bay with our local Malama Maunalua organization.
We sponsor public informational sessions on topics from local experts ranging from watershed and challenges with cesspools and flooding as sea levels rise, learning about the importance of preservations for Native Hawaiian cultural sites, to understanding fossil fuels and renewable energy here in the islands.
And we are beautifying our campus for our 75th Anniversary celebration through ongoing landscaping and building updating activities.