Saint Luke's was built for the purpose of raising children. Like the surrounding village of Crestline, this church was designed for families. Children have the run of the place. They always have.


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...


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!


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


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Weekly for Children


  • 6 WEEKS THRU 3K Nursery (with Little Lambs Sunday School for 2's & 3's
  • 4K- 5K Level I Atrium / Room 220
  • 1ST & 2ND GRADE Level II Atrium / Room 216
  • 3RD GRADE Atrium of the Kingdom of God / Room 211
  • 4TH GRADE Club 4:9 / Room 214
  • 5TH & 6TH GRADE Preteen Ministry / Room 212


  • 6 weeks thorough 3k / Nursery
  • 4k & 5K / Level I Atrium / Room 220
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade / BLAST / Room 211
  • 4th, 5th, & 6th grade / Bible Games / Room 212


  • As part of churchwide outreach, the Children’s Ministry coordinates with the Parish Outreach Committee for monthly projects.


  • Monthly fellowships and other special events throughout the year offer creative fun for all ages.
  • Safety and Security measures for the Children's Ministry

    We want your child to feel loved and secure when they enter our building and we want you to feel secure about leaving your child in our care. Therefore, we place a high regard on security, with background checks on our nursery workers and by implementing security measures. Each time you bring your child to the nursery, you will be given a nametag to fill out and place on your child’s back. It has a parent receipt for you to hold on to. You will need to have this when you return to pick up your child.

  • Health Policies for the Children's Ministry

    Children may come to the nursery when they have been symptom free for 24 hours. A child that is placed on antibiotics must be on this medication for 24 hours before coming to the nursery. We cannot give your child medicine while they are at church.

    Please keep your children at home if they have shown any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours: Fever, Vomiting, Eye Drainage, Green or Yellow Runny Nose, Excessive Coughing, Diarrhea, Questionable Rash, mouth Sores with any Drooling, Any Communicable Disease, or if there is increased tiredness, irritability, or crying. If any of these symptoms occur while they are in our care, we may ask that you come get them for the wellbeing of your child, as well as the other children in our care.


  • Nursery Drop Off Guidelines

    Please bring bottles and other things your child may need while in our care, including diapers and a change of clothes. The nursery does not have access to these items unless you provide them. Please make us aware of any allergies your child has when you drop them off. On occasion, snacks are provided. Please let us know if you would not like your child to have a snack. Make sure to label everything you bring to ensure it is returned to you. Please try to leave all personal toys at home. Please note that for the safety of our children it is our policy that a parent/guardian must be on the Saint Luke’s campus while their child is in the care of our nursery.

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