Christian Formation

Christian Formation Programs

HNC members attend Safe Church Training to be certified to work with children, youth, and adults as needed by their ministry.

Christian Formation for Children

Children's Chapel

Young children (ages 3 to 7) who have outgrown nursery care can attend an age-appropriate service of lessons, songs, and prayer offered in the Narthex during the 9:00 a.m. service.  They process out of the main service to the Narthex prior to the Gospel and return to the main service at the Peace.

In this way, the children experience an age-appropriate Ministry of the Word, then complete our community of faith when we receive Holy Communion as one family in Christ.

Contact:  Ann Cooper

Nursery Care

The nursery staff includes one paid worker and several volunteers.  At least two people are caring for the infants and toddlers each Sunday during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services and Sunday School.

Contact:  Kathryn Bridewell

Sunday School

Classes, which begin with a musical segment, span the years from preschool to elementary and middle school ages.    Younger children are taught in Godly Play® classes which follow a Montessori approach.  Older children learn about the Episcopal Church's forms of worship  and exercise their creativity in arts and crafts projects. 

Classes are held between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.

Contact:  Denise Pearsall

Vacation Bible School

VBS is a week-long summer program for children, age 3 through rising 6th graders, built around a unifying theme and offered jointly by the three Williamsburg area Episcopal churches: Bruton Parish, St. Martin's, and Hickory Neck Church.  The three churches rotate serving as the host church.  Teens and adults are encouraged to serve as volunteers in this ministry. 

Vacation Bible School for the 2021 summer session will be hosted by HNC during the week of August 2-6, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  There are virtual and in-person options.  This year’s VBS theme is "Compassion Camp:  Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You." 

The registration form can be found HERE.

Contact:  Denise Pearsall

Christian Formation for Youth

Youth Group

All Junior and Senior High School youth are invited to continue their fellowship with each other by participating in the programs organized for the youth group. 


Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center, to enjoy supper and fellowship together, to play games and just talk, to share in discussions about Biblical, spiritual, and societal issues, and to worship with each other.  We participate in church-wide events, including Fall Festival and the Winter Emergency Shelter. 


Occasionally, we take chaperoned field trips to do community service, to attend convocation and diocesan events, and for recreation as a group.  Friends are always welcome, too.

Contact:  Paula Simmons

Youth - Meals

​When the Hickory Neck Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings, a meal is usually provided by families of the youth or other HNC parishioners.  Food may be home-cooked, store-bought, or take-out.

Contact:  Paula Simmons

Christian Formation for Adults

Adult Forum

Adults meet on Sunday mornings in the Wilkinson Center at 10:15 a.m., during Coffee Hour, to discuss a wide range of religious topics and current timely topics.

Contact:  Rev. Charlie Bauer


Lectio Divina

Women's Ministry is a group of ladies who meet together and have open discussion about Jesus and the Word.  We would love it if you would come and visit with us.

Contact:  Joan Forrest 

Spiritual Seekers

Spiritual Seekers meet every Tuesday evening to study the Bible and other various spiritual issues.  We are currently studying a video series on the PBS DVD "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians;" covering topics including the Apostle Paul and the first followers, Jews and Gentiles, and Peter and Paul.

Contact:  Sue Banks

Wednesday Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Narthex, a group of parishioners come together to view video lectures on the Bible and then engage in free-ranging discussion of the ideas presented.

​Contact:  Jean Hancock


Cursillo is a spiritual awaking movement within the Episcopal Church.  It's a method to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ.  It's also a community where we're encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace.  To help us on this journey we have Group Reunions, Ultreyas, and Weekend Retreats.

Current November 2016 Issue of the Cursillo Newsletter - "The Rooster Crows!"

Contacts:  TBD