Children's ministries

Saint Luke’s has a rich history of nourishing children and we aim to create an environment of learning, wonder and opportunity to help each child build a spiritual foundation and grow in faith.

COVID-19

During COVID-19 when we are able to offer Sunday morning in-person worship, children ages birth – 36 months are welcome to go to the Nursery. Due to necessary practice of safety protocols in the Education Building, our in-person Children’s Faith Formation programs are temporarily suspended.

While we currently are not able to offer in-person Godly Play and Sunday Church School (see below for program descriptions), we invite children and their families to practice:

Family Worship at Home with a weekly lesson

A Children’s Sermon by Clergy

Prayers and a Godly Play Lesson video

shared in Saint Luke’s Sunday morning “Worship With Us” email (join our mailing list at the bottom of this page).  The Children’s Sermon and Godly Play videos are also available through the Video Archive.

Nursery (ages 0-3)

Who: Children ages birth – 36 months can go to the nursery for reading and playtime with two seasoned and certified childcare providers, Bev and Jen. During worship, if your child is in need, they will contact you by text.

Where: The nursery is in Room 106 of the Education Building, adjacent to the main church. It’s a welcoming environment for infants and young toddlers.

When: Drop off begins at 8:45 AM.  Drop-off will take place at the Education Building parking lot entrance, adjacent to the outdoor worship location.   Proper COVID 19 safety guidelines are in place and children will have a temperature scan prior to entry.  Pickup occurs in the same location as drop-off, directly following the service.

Godly Play
(AGES 3 and UP)

What: Godly Play—a tactile and engaging Montessori model for learning the Bible—is designed, at Saint Luke’s, for our children ages 3 and up. This model of sacred teaching allows young children to enter into the story and learn of God’s profound love in a welcoming, age-appropriate way. Recognized around the world as an optimal way to tell the stories of the Bible, Godly Play provides the children of Saint Luke’s with the gift of mystery and wonder.

First grade to
Fifth Grade

During COVID-19, children ages 1st through 5th grade are welcome to join their families at in-person worship offered at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Due to necessary practice of safety protocols in the education building, our in-person Church School programs typically offered on Sunday morning are temporarily suspended. All children age 3 and up are welcome to participate in Godly Play (see above).

Church at Home: Each week we will update the Children’s section of the Church at Home page on the website with lectionary based lesson video, reflection, suggested activity and bulletin.  You may also sign up to receive a weekly email with this information through the Children’s Ministries Fall 2020 Registration (link above).  

Saint Luke’s Summer Camp

The Saint Luke’s Summer Camp was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19. We are planning to offer it again in 2021. It is a positive and educational church experience for children led by the Saint Luke’s Clergy team.  Children will experience daily Bible related crafts, including cooking, Bible story time with clergy, games, music and outdoor play. 

Saint Luke's Parish School

The Saint Luke’s Parish School is an Episcopal School that provides a weekday ministry to young children without regard to race, religion, nationality or economic status.  The school is committed to fostering a close relationship between home, school and parish. Our school’s goal is to prepare our children educationally, socially and spiritually for their futures by helping the whole child grow in a developmentally appropriate atmosphere.

  • Emotionally – To create a positive self-image.
  • Socially – To learn to get along with others in an increasingly diverse world and to respect other religious traditions and beliefs.
  • Physically – To develop muscle coordination and the ability to care for oneself.
  • Intellectually – To encourage a child’s curiosity and to provide an opportunity to learn in a nurturing environment.
  • Spiritually – To foster a sense of age-appropriate religious understanding and spiritual wonder and to instill key Christian values of prayer, worship, love of neighbor, justice and peace.