At St. Luke’s, we are fed by scripture, the sacraments, the mystery of liturgy, the call to service, and the gift of community. And we believe our youngest parishioners need to be fed in just these same ways. Here’s how we currently meet that need.
Kids begin each 9:30 liturgy in the pews with the families, and remain there throughout the readings. They then join Deacon Greg for the Gospel Procession before processing out for a children’s sermon, music, and art in the library. They return to the church at the Exchange of Peace. This keeps kids closely connected to our worship gathering, and allows them to sit with us through the mystery, praise, and complexity that is our liturgy.
Additionally, our religious education program runs from 11am to 12N (concomitant to the adult formation offerings), and is held on the third floor education wing. This year’s program is divided into nine units based on the topics we want kids to explore this year (and the liturgical seasons in which those topics fit). Sometimes these sessions are intergenerational (we bring kids down to learn alongside adults, and occasionally even to teach us!), but most will be designed for ages 4-10. Part of our goal this year is to widen the lens of our children’s religious formation: we don’t want to limit the voices they hear. This is important because we are gifted with a parish full of wise and experienced teachers, scholars, and leaders, which is an immense privilege, and one from which our kids should benefit. This likewise allows individuals to devote themselves deeply for a series of weeks, and then to return to their own formation practices.
The topics we will cover this year include:
- The Book of Common Prayer
- The Eucharist
- Home as a Family’s Spiritual Center
- Isaiah, Art, & Music
- The Story of Joseph
- Matthew & First-Century Nazareth Context
- Exodus, Art, & Music
- Acts of the Apostles
- Ecclesiology (or “What is Church?”)
SPACE: Our church school rooms are built not just for education, but for spiritual journeying. To keep us all focused on that fact, we keep them simple, leaving only those objects that are needed for a particular lesson, or that have liturgical or spiritual significance. I adore the small altars, and the liturgical calendars that guide us through each year. I also love the clean, tall stacks of prayer mats, and enjoy watching each child choose one and set it carefully in the circle in preparation for the work we share.
If your sons and daughters are a part of our children’s worship program, we take seriously the immense and beautiful responsibility of helping them understand their closeness with God. And if you’re thinking of beginning to attend, we would love the chance to get to know your family, and to learn and worship alongside your little ones.
You can find details about the Religious Education schedule here.