A Legacy of Loving Children
In 1949 a group of young families bought a little farmhouse where the church library now sits. From these humble roots, a church was born—a place where children would learn the love of Christ. Today, the original little homemade altar sits in the children's chapel in remembrance, and a spirit of family still permeates.
Nurturing Faith for a Lifetime
As children encounter Jesus through loving instruction, fellowship, and fun, they begin the lifelong journey of following him.In a safe and nurturing environment, babies are cared for by professional nursery staff with the help of enthusiastic volunteers. And as children grow, so does their learning. Little Lambs Sunday School introduces little ones to basics of the faith, and Atrium of the Good Shepherd on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights leads children to deeper relationships with God. Training progresses throughout the elementary school years with Club 4:9 and Preteen Ministry.
At Saint Luke’s, the church experience for our children is not limited to children’s ministry activities, though—children are central to church life. We are committed to building a strong foundation of faith in community, so children are engaged in every service, and clergy participate in all aspects of children's ministry. Churchwide activities bring together the entire church family.
Children's Programs Include...
LITTLE LAMBS SUNDAY SCHOOL
On Sundays when Sunday School is offered, the two and three year old nursery classes are given child friendly Sunday School lessons geared toward their age and level of learning. They go into the Children’s Chapel to sing songs and hear a lesson and then head back to their classrooms to make a craft associated with their lesson. This is an important time to help build their foundation of faith and learn to love the Lord with all their heart!
ATRIUM OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to religious education rooted in the Bible and the liturgy, with consideration given to the developmental stage of the child. The aim is for each child to deepen their innate relationship with God and connect the prayers of the Liturgy to the words of the Bible.
The children are active participants in a kid-friendly version of “big church,” reflecting the structure, music, and actions they would witness in the Nave. Children serve as "Junior acolytes" to light and extinguish the altar candles and as "Junior Ushers” to take up our offerings. Classic Bible stories are presented on large, brightly illustrated story cards. Children hear a roughly chronological history of God’s people (Creation through the Day of Pentecost and the early church). Older children lead our prayers—prayers of intercession, confession and thanksgiving. We end our formal worship time with an enthusiastic passing of the Peace, then we sing songs until it’s time to return to church.Fall Calendar 2016
Children's Ministry: 205.871.3583