Madonna and Child
CHILDREN

At St. Luke’s, we see faith as a life-long journey, beginning with our youngest children. We believe that children already have a relationship with God, need space and quiet time to let that relationship be felt and nurtured, and need words and names to help recognize and retain that relationship. We respect children and believe that they deserve and can understand the biggest, most important parts of church life.

 

We seek to introduce children to Jesus Christ through prayer, music, and play. For us, this happens in a variety of ways. We offer spiritual education and formation on Sunday mornings in our Atrium program, age-appropriate worship services for young children and their families, a highly-regarded choral music program, and much more.

 

The Nursery (Birth - Age 3)

Although children of all ages are always welcome in worship at St. Luke’s, we do offer the option of nursery care for younger children.  We provide a safe, clean, and happy environment where the qualified nursery and childcare workers make each child feel comfortable and loved. The nursery is available each Sunday beginning at 9:00. The nursery is a nut-free area.

Sunday Morning Formation for Children (PreKindergarten - 2nd Grade) | 9:00 -10:00 am

Sunday Morning Formation at St. Luke's offers varied and rich experiences for children and families through inviting and inspiring liturgies, engaging in movement, story, art, and song, connecting with nature, and opportunities for fellowship with the larger community.  Enroll in Sunday Morning Formation Here. 

Solemn Communion (Grades 2 - 4)

Young children in our parish receive communion from the time they communicate a desire for it, but may want to know more about the sacrament as they get older. The Solemn Communion program is offered for children in second grade or higher, to deepen their understanding of what takes place during the Eucharist. It involves a series of classes, culminating with the Solemn Communion Service where each child is welcomed into a deeper relationship with God. In the classes, adults and children wonder together about the mystery of communion and the profound gift given to us in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It is an invitation to consider a singular moment in a child’s spiritual life in new and age-appropriate ways.

Youth Acolytes

Children who have completed Solemn Communion are invited to participate in the worship service as youth acolytes.

Training Choir & Trebles

The Training Choir is made up of children in kindergarten through second grades. Our youngest choristers learn everything they need to know to graduate to our youth and adult choir. Training Choir rehearsals are fun! In addition to preparing songs to sing for church services, the children play many singing games and begin to learn to read music. The Training Choir sings periodically through the year at the 10:00 service.

 

St. Luke’s youth choir, known as the Trebles, offers an unparalleled opportunity to provide young singers with a free, world-class musical education.  As participants, choristers experience the English cathedral model of choral singing as they join the adults in mature, challenging, and rewarding music-making.  Our choristers receive musical training in vocal production, sight-reading, music theory, and aural skills in the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training schema.

Keeping God’s People Safe

The St. Luke’s community is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere for our children and youth. To foster a secure environment, we provide Keeping God’s People Safe training to all who work with our children and youth, including church school teachers, mentors, clergy, and staff. This training sensitizes us to the dangers of child sexual abuse and teaches us to recognize and prevent situations in which abuse or exploitation might occur. Please contact the parish office if you have any questions regarding this training.

Upcoming Formation Opportunities for Children