Children and Youth
St. Luke’s offers formation classes for children ages three through eighteen–there is something for everyone!
Godly Play: The experiential “Way” of Godly Play creates a contemplative, “wondering” space for children to work with our liturgical rituals and sacred stories. It is based on the Montessori educational way, and creates a safe space for children to nurture their innate sense of the sacred and the Divine.
We currently offer Godly Play for two age groups, age three through kindergarten, and first and second grades. We have teams of loving, dedicated teachers who serve as the Storytellers for the Godly Play program. For more information about Godly Play, please click to www.godlyplayfoundation.org.
Engaging the Story: Our third through sixth grade children engage with Scripture via the Workshop Cycles curriculum, spending from four to six weeks on a topic, such as “The Moses Chronicle,” or “The Miracles of Jesus.” With teachers and other adults from our congregation, the children begin each class with a few minutes of silent contemplation, and then engage their topic through art, drama, music, journaling, and a wealth of other activities.
Engaging the Word: Our older children in seventh through tenth grades work with the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) curriculum and practice contemplative, experiential prayer. They work with a Rule of Life, and when their time comes, they enter the community as young adults in the liturgy celebrating the Rite of Womanhood and Manhood. Our current cohort of older senior high youth works with our rector around issues of faith, life, and entering the next stage of their own journey: graduation from high school and preparing for what comes next!
A few times a year we host special events open to all families, whether a Game Night where we bring a covered dish, exchange and play our favorite board games, or a Jesse Tree celebration, where we also enjoy a feast, creating ornaments for the Jesse Tree, and maybe even get a visit from St. Nicholas.
Our youth in sixth to twelfth grades are always up for adventure, and we have cooked meals at our local Hospitality House shelter, gone hiking and bowling, spent time with rescued horses, and attended retreats. We are always open to new suggestions as well as new folks who are up for facilitating new adventures!
All of our teachers and volunteers who work with youth have completed a training program, Safeguarding God’s Children, and comply with our Safe Church Policy. If you have any questions or just want to know more about what happens at St. Luke’s for young people, please contact the office by clicking here and filling out our contact form.