We delight in offering opportunities for children, teenagers and families to experience the joy, challenge, relevance and beauty of Christian faith. As an Episcopal Church we are always seeking to live out our baptismal promise to “do all in our power to support these persons in their life in Christ.” To that end St. Luke’s has adopted a policy for child protection, and we invite young people at St. Luke's to:
- Worship in a welcoming community where all
participate in liturgy and Eucharist, regardless of age.
- Engage the Bible, Christian traditions and liturgy
with creative and critical minds in Sunday School.
- Serve the parish and world by volunteering for
one-time, occasional, or weekly ministry commitments.
We welcome and include children of all ages at our 9:15 am service. Children participate in the choir, on the altar, within the sermon, and reading at the pulpit weekly.
Sunday School and Parent Fellowship
Sunday School follows the 9:15 am family service during the school year for ages 4 through 18. Fun and creative classes are lead by artistic and passionate teachers who engage children with bible stories through art movement and service. Concurrently, parents gather for fellowship and forums lead by clergy and parishioners.
Sunday Nursery Care
Nursery care is offered for our youngest members, birth through age 5. Families are encouraged to bring children to the service.
Ones & Twos Group
This ministry is a support and information group for young children and their parents and caregivers. The Ones & Twos group meets weekly on Tuesday at 4:00 pm in Laughlin Hall. This is a great opportunity to connect and enjoy the company and conversation of other parents and caregivers of toddlers. Join us for coffee and connection.
Sundays at St. Luke's for Children
There are many impressions made on children when they
come to church. We want to ensure that children feel welcome. There are coloring bulletins for younger children in the back of the church - we wish to make sure that younger children (and their parents) feel welcome through the service.
Sunday School is offered at 10:15 and on appointed Sunday mornings for young people age two through high school. Preschool and elementary classes offer age-appropriate engagement with Biblical stories through art, movement and service.
Sunday School coincides with the school year and resumes in the Fall.
Nursery care is offered for our youngest members through age six during worship (9:00 am—1:00 pm); parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring children to the service, especially at communion time.
Children in the third grade and above are encouraged to lead and learn in the liturgy by serving as acolytes. Our junior acolytes participate in services through activities such as: carrying the cross, lighting candles, and serving at the altar. Becoming a junior acolyte provides a close-up learning experience for children while participating in the life of the congregation.
For more information about becoming a Junior Acolyte contact
Deacon Bo Reynolds at
Young people in third through eighth grades are invited to audition for the choir. They sing at most 9:15 services during the academic year. While not a religious education program itself, Choristers offers a marvelous musical education and a small stipend to those who wish to lead the congregation through song.
In addition to singing regularly at services at the church and the school, the Choristers participate in special events such as concerts and Evensong services at St. Luke’s Church and at other venues, and perform with the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, a professional vocal ensemble, and on occasion with orchestra. They have the option to participate in an annual Chorister Festival at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
For more information, go here or contact: David Shuler, Director of Music at
Teenagers in the ninth grade or age fifteen and above are beginning to make adult decisions about who they are and how they will live. Confirmation classes are offered every other year to engage the major doctrines of faith and to discern what Christian commitment means for young adults in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
Family Education at St. Luke’s
Children learn most about Christian life by watching their parents and other adults practice their faith. At St. Luke's, we provide times for parents to learn with their children so that Christian formation is understood as a process that reaches beyond the walls of church or classroom to family life in general. Parents, children and teenagers worship together every Sunday at 9:15 am.
Parents are invited monthly to class events where different age groups come together to explore the many aspects of our faith tradition. Special events, like Shrove Tuesday supper and palm burning, offer time to meet other families and to strengthen understanding about Christian practices.
Infant baptism is the practice in which parents thank God for the gift of a child, make a commitment to start the child on the journey of faith and ask for the Church's support.
Parents who have decided to make St. Luke’s their spiritual home are invited to contact an Associate to discuss the meaning and importance of the baptism.
Ones & Twos Group
This ministry is a support and information group for young children and their parents and caregivers. The Ones & Twos group meets weekly on Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am in Laughlin Hall. It is a chance to drink coffee and connect with other parents of very young children.
St. Luke's School
A coeducational Episcopal day school located on a two-acre landmark block in the West Village, St. Luke’s School offers a balanced and challenging Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8 curriculum that serves students of all faiths.
For more information on St. Luke's School and its admissions process, please visit their website.