Here’s a helpful suggestion from Ms. Laura, our Children and Youth Minister: A beautiful prayer that Episcopalians United Against Racism uses. I find it helpful to pray on my own as well as with children and youth: Gathering Prayer.
Children’s Education while We’re Away from Church
While children’s education must be online, we have two offerings each week.
Sunday Morning Godly Play
Godly Play is available on Facebook live Sundays at 9 a.m.
Tuesday Evening Story Time
On Tuesday evenings Ms. Lauren invites younger children to get into their pajamas and share a bedtime story with her. Story Time is at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook live.
In 2020, St. Luke’s is offering an at-home once-a-week VBS called CommUNITY Allies. All resources are dropped off on children’s porches, and families meet weekly by Zoom to discuss the week’s themes and talk about activities for the week. Here we see boxes being packed for drop-off, with able assistance from a friend.
Our Pre-COVID Programs
Sunday Morning Schedule for Children’s Education
These were our Sunday morning education offerings when we were forced to move all of our on-campus activities online.
- Nursery – open from 9:15am-12:00pm
- Godly Play – 10:00am-10:40am: Children will return to church to have communion with their family.
Nursery – Currently on Hold
Children of all ages are welcome and present at all of our worship services. A crying baby does not present a problem (except sometimes to the parents!). Some families find that their youngest children are more comfortable in the nursery, though, staffed by our long time staff member, Miss Carol, as well as by volunteers. The nursery is for infants through three year olds.
Godly Play – Currently on Hold
St. Luke’s welcomes children starting at four years of age to participate in a Montessori approach to Christian education called “Godly Play.” The Godly Play program, setting, materials, and teacher style are based on the ideas of Jerome Berryman (Godly Play) and Sonja Stewart (Young Children and Worship). Our trained teachers use open inquiry and a structured space to support children as they grow in their relationship to God. They tell stories in ways that children understand but don’t tell them what to think. Instead, teachers invite children to “wonder.” “I wonder what was the most important part of the story for you.” “I wonder why the characters in the story acted the way they did.” Hands-on materials make the stories come alive. Children eventually learn the stories by hand and by heart as they play with the materials on their own or with a teacher. Children also create works of art to show how the story feels to them. Older children are invited to explore Bible maps and prophet studies as they become more advanced.
Through Godly Play, these children are learning habits to help them talk and listen to God.
We hope your children will come wonder and worship with us.