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 on Sunday mornings leads children to deeper relationships with God.
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...
Children meet their Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. They listen to stories read from the Bible about his birth, and explore parables and prophesy about the kingdom of God. Figures of people, pearls, mustard seeds, wheat and other materials help them experience the scripture they read. They learn about baptism and communion. As their skills develop they pour actual water and wine as they learn about baptism and communion. They practice and discuss the words they hear in church and the gestures they observe there. They pray.
1ST - 3RD Grade
Children are introduced to the history of the kingdom of God from creation to redemption and the return of Jesus, using timelines, maps, and a model of the city of Jerusalem. They connect this history to holidays and seasons of the church year. They discuss the 10 Commandments and Christian virtues. They read and discuss more parables and the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Third graders attend a Saturday retreat at church, learning about sin and God’s forgiveness through Christ.
4TH - 6TH Grade
Children develop a greater understanding of the kingdom of God, its history, and their place in it. They continue Bible study and discussion, with an emphasis on accounts of the lives of patriarchs and prophets. Study of Christian scripture emphasizes parables and miracles. They explore all the sacraments, Christian maxims and virtues and gain understanding of Christian responsibility.
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