Children are important to the community of faith at St. Luke’s. We take seriously the Sacrament of Baptism and pledge to nurture our children in the Christian faith toward a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Children’s Ministries are designed to help children know that they are loved by God and belong to a parish family that loves and supports them.
Music and Godly Play Schedule
(Temporarily Suspended as COVID precaution)
Prior to church, parent(s) sign child(ren) into to Sunday School at table in narthex.
10:30 am – Children enter sanctuary carrying the cross and banner after choir
for opening hymns and Children’s Homily.
10:40 am – Children walk out after homily.
10:45 am – Children walk upstairs with volunteers/teachers to music room for music time.
10:55 am – Godly Play I and II begins. (separated by age)
11:15 am – Children return to sanctuary after sermon during the peace to meet up with parent(s). (Activity bags will be available in Narthex.)
Soon after the start of the 10:30 am service, children are invited by Fr. Steve to come forward for the Children’s Homily. This takes various forms, but most often Fr. Steve sits on the chancel floor with the children to talk with them. The adults also enjoy this time, but the homily is focused the children, with the message on their level and the dynamic is love and “belonging.”
The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice nurtures children to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in their lives.
- Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
- Godly Play has a foundation of 40+ years of research and practice.
- Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
- Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
- Godly Play allows children to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
- Godly Play nurtures children to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.
A nursery is provided during the 10:30 a.m. service and other during other activities of the parish. The nursery is centrally located in the middle of our facilities on the first floor between the parish office and Metcalf Hall. Both paid and volunteer help are utilized in caring for the children. We want children and families to know that even the youngest among us are important. The environment is clean, bright, happy and loving.