St. Luke’s uses the GODLY PLAY curriculum for early Christian education during Sunday school classes. The GODLY PLAY method helps children explore their faith through story, to enhance their spiritual experience with wonder and play.
Sunday School is held at 9:30 AM every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month.
Family Eucharist is held on the first Sunday of the month. The children and youth play a direct role in the worship service by serving as ushers, acolytes and lectors.
During this time of physical distancing and staying at home we are providing resources for parents and grandparents to share with younger family members. Click on the links below for resources for this week, as well as other age appropriate and inter-generational activities.
Children and Youth Christian Education Materials
Children’s Christian Education Materials
Click below to access free faith formation resources for kids:
Sunday School, 9:30 AM – Our Sunday School program uses Godly play is a Montessori –based curriculum. We are currently holding sessions via Zoom. Please email Mother Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive Zoom log-on information.
Children’s Christian Education Materials
Click below to access free faith formation resources for kids.
- For Sunday, March 7, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Lent, we are offering An Illustrated Lent for Families – Reflections on the Heart. To have these materials sent to you, please email Mother Barnes at email@example.com
From previous weeks:
- Valentines Day. Here’s a coloring sheet “You are loved.” The Bible has lots to say about love. Want to add a verse to your valentines hearts? Some verses to use: 1 John 4:7, 1 Corinthians 13:4, Romans 12:10, Luke 6:35a, John 3:16, Mark 12:30, John 13:34, 1 John 4:19, 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Here’s a Baptism of Jesus lesson and Coloring Sheet from our friends at Illustrated Ministry.
And here’s an Epiphany Star Coloring sheet.
Click here for a special Christmas edition of the Sunday Paper Junior.
From Advent 4, here’s an Annunciation coloring sheet based on Fra Angelico’s painting of the Annunciation.
Coloring page for the Feast of St. Lucia.
Click here to learn more about St. Lucia and Christmas in Sweden...and a yummy recipe too!
Children’s coloring page for the Feast of St. Nicholas.
Children’s coloring sheet for the Feast of St. Luke (10/18).
And here’s a coloring sheet for the Feast of St. Francis(10/4).
Here are some resources for talking to kids about race:
This post originally appeared in August, 2017 after the racial violence in Charlottesville. It has been substantially rewritten as of June 1, 2020.
Here’s a resource for talking to kids about race: A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory — An excellent book and video reading by the author for young children.
Especially for our Teens and Tweens
Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People by Sharon Ely Pearson and Jenifer C. Gamber.
This prayer book designed for teens draws on the Book of Common Prayer, the Bible and events that occur in their daily lives. This creative compilation of over 100 original prayers offers simple New and original prayers are also offered, written by contemporary church leaders in the Episcopal Church, as well as by teens themselves, young adults and youth leaders and insightful instruction about prayer.
Two Helpful Articles
- The Year Without Graduation. To the Class of 2020: This is your loss, and we need to pay attention. Even in a pandemic. by Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW, Grief therapist, international speaker on grief and dementia, author, LCSW at Central Counseling Services. April 5, 2020
- Naming loss and gratitude with young people in these uncertain days by Brad M. Griffin from Fuller Youth Institute. March 20, 2020
The Faith & Politics Institute is delighted to bring to you luminaries from their renowned FPI Pilgrimages online Thursdays at 4:00 pm EDT starting in May. Each week FPI will host a live discussion for families about young Americans who led in extraordinary ways to bend the “arc of the moral universe’ towards justice. Stories and photos will be shared by activists, their children and others who are dedicated to revealing the details hidden from the history book.
WAY OF LOVE FAMILY RETREAT DAY: On Saturday, February 29that 10 AM we will also be having an intergenerational Way of Love “family retreat” in Lent as a means to introduce The Way of Love to children and families (including grandparents) and engage all ages in learning about the seven practices that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called the Episcopal Church to follow in our daily life. This gathering will include an opening activity for all ages to share what each of the seven practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest means to them using puzzle pieces. A puzzle is then constructed and a review of the Circle of the Church Year (using Godly Play) to see how we can follow the Way of Love throughout the year, connecting to Jesus in our lives. A light lunch will be provided.
Diocesan Youth Events