For Children & Families

Children are a gift from God and are treasured members of his Kingdom. St. Luke’s Church strives to provide an atmosphere where children can feel safe, valued, loved, and be nurtured in their growing relationship with Jesus. By providing quality care for young children (ages infant through 5th grade), the goal of the Children and Family Ministry Team is also to enable parents to pursue their own relationship with God through our worship, formation, and fellowship offerings.

 

A Note About Children with Special Needs
Please know that St. Luke’s welcomes children with special needs with the goal of integrating these children into our regular Sunday classes and Ministry events as much as possible. Please contact Ann Allen at ann@stlukes-sa.net with any questions or concerns.

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Supporting Families

The “Holy Strollers” is a ministry for families with children ages newborn (actually, even “expecting families!) through Pre-Kinder. The focus is on support and fellowship during these oh-so-wonderful and constantly changing years! Play-dates and family gatherings are planned throughout the year on varying dates and times to accommodate varying family schedules. For more information, or to share the joyful news that your family is expecting a little one, contact Tracy McCallin at tracy.mccallin@gmail.com.
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Parent’s Night Out is offered by the St. Luke’s childcare staff on the first Friday of the month during the school year (September-May) where parents may enjoy an evening out while their children, ages infant through 5th grade, are in the safe and loving care of St. Luke’s wonderful childcare staff! The cost is $15 per child, with a maximum cost of $35 per family. For more information on upcoming Parent’s Night Out dates, contact Suzanna Frey at suzannaf@stlukes-sa.net.

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Children & Worship

St. Luke’s wholeheartedly welcomes children at all worship services. Children learn to worship by worshipping and it has been said that they do so “from the neck down.” Please know that the activity and “wiggles” are not bothering anyone. That being said, St. Luke’s recognizes there are times when young children need the opportunity to play in our Nurseries, and so 
childcare is available for all morning services.
 
– Family Service at 9:00 a.m.:
 St. Luke’s has a family service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. While the service is a Rite II Holy Eucharist like the traditional 11:00 a.m. “big” service, the 9:00 a.m. service is designed to recognize and minister the presence of children and youth in the congregation. Children and youth are incorporated in worship serving as acolytes, reading scripture, ushering, singing in the children’s choir, and leading the prayers. The sermon addresses both adults and children. The service is approximately 45 minutes long.
 
– Children’s Chapel: 
Just like their parents, grandparents, and grown-up friends do, one way that children express their relationship with God, is through worship. And so, children are wholeheartedly welcome at all of St. Luke’s worship services. After all, children learn to worship by worshiping! That said, St. Luke’s does offer two Chapel services for children during the 11:00 a.m. service. These worship times are geared especially for young Preschoolers and Elementary children and recognizes the need for their worship time to be more “interactive and participatory!”
  • Preschool Chapel is for ages 2 years-old through Kindergarten from 11:20-11:35 a.m. in Room 209. This worship time includes music, a Bible story, and prayer time. Children are invited to serve as “crucifers” (carrying the cross) and “acolytes” (lighting the candles and passing the offering basket). Parents can send an offering with their children if they wish. (No offering is too small…even pennies!) Children already in their childcare rooms are accompanied to this service by the Childcare & Nursery staff. Children return to their childcare room afterwards.
  • Children’s Chapel for 1st-5th graders is also during the 11:00 a.m. service. Children begin the 11:00 a.m. worship service with their families. Following the “Song of Praise,” children are invited to follow the “crucifer” (a child carrying the children’s cross) down the center aisle and to the Children’s Chapel upstairs. This Children’s service includes music, a Gospel reading, a brief “children’s homily,” and prayers. Children are invited to participate as “crucifers,” “acolytes” (lighting the candles), and by reading the lessons. Children rejoin their families in worship during the Peace.
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