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. Our last Sunday School gathering for this year was on May 23rd. Sunday School will resume in September.
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.
Sunday School, 9:30 AM – Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 19!
Rick Ammenhauser, Senior Sunday school teacher, announces that children’s Sunday school classes will commence on Sunday, September 19 at 9:30am. St. Luke’s uses Godly Play, a Montessori-based curriculum with our younger children, ages five to ten years old. In October, another program will launch for our older youth. That ministry program will include focused lesson plans with goals, activities, and talking points on topics including racism and creation care. For more information, to enroll your child, or to learn more about serving in the Sunday school program, please see Mother Barnes or email her at email@example.com or Rick Ammenhauser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click below to access free faith formation resources for kids and families.
- For Sunday, September 19, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary-based Sunday Paper Junior
From previous weeks:
- Here’s an article featuring books to teach children about 9/11.
- For The Day of Pentecost, May 23, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- And a Children’s Worship Bulletin from our friends at Illustrated Ministry
- A Pentecost video for children and other Pentecost activities and reflections from Building Faith
Spiritual Resources for Holy Week
- Stations of the Cross from Latin America 1492–1992. In the paintings of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1980) and liturgical meditations by Maria Graf-Huber, we walk with Jesus through Latin America’s five-hundred-year struggle for liberation.
- Holy Week Family Worship: Outline for Maundy Thursday & Good Friday. Use or adapt these services at the dinner table or create some sacred space, however is best for your family.
- Agapé Meal Activity. Children, parents and non-family adults enjoy asking and answering questions. Everyone can learn something about the symbolic pieces of Maundy Thursday and Holy Week.
- The Great Easter Vigil Fort. Make a pillow fort, or a “cave,” under a table. Turn down the lights and grab a flashlight. Get cozy. Read and sing through the prayers and readings suggested by Wendy Barrie — however much is appropriate for your children. You could do some before bed and the last part on Easter morning.
- Holy Week coloring pages by Sybil Macbeth. You can “incorporate them with your intercessory prayers or with your current Lenten discipline. Another idea is to place your griefs, sorrows, questions, queries, beliefs, unbeliefs, petitions, wails, wows, gratitudes, grudges, pains, pleasures, satisfactions, sufferings — anything that comes up for you — on the templates. Use words, doodles, strokes of the pen, dots, dashes, color…”
- Sunday Paper Junior
- For The Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Palm Sunday , March 28, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Good Friday, April 2, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For The Great Vigil of Easter, April 3, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Materials include: Lectionary based Sunday Paper Junior
- For Lent and Holy Week, 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
As we mark a year of living with Covid-19 and having our world turned upside down, we hope these Prayers for Marking a Year of Covid-19 coloring pages will provide you and your family with some language for marking the anniversary that changed everything
- Here’s a Wordsearch for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday.
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
WAY OF LOVE FAMILY RETREAT DAY: On Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10 AM we held 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