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.
Nursery care is offered for our youngest members through age six during worship (900am—2:30pm); parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring children to the service, especially at communion time.
Sunday School is offered at 10:15 am on appointed Sunday mornings for young people age two through high school. "Young Learners" hear stories and sing songs with parents. Preschool and elementary classes offer age-appropriate engagement with Biblical stories through art, movement and service.
Children in third grade and above are encouraged to lead and learn in the liturgy by serving as acolytes: carrying the cross, lighting candles, serving at the altar provide close-up learning experiences while leading the congregation.
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. For more information contact David Shuler, Director of Music, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Finally, Parenting and Faith (an occasional Sunday seminar during the Sunday School hour) and Family, Faith and Imagination to address the joys and challenges of faithful parenting. These are led by Bart Baldwin, Head of St. Luke's School and/or Mary Foulke, Senior Associate.
For more information about religious education for children at St. Luke's, please contact Mother Mary Foulke at email@example.com, 212-633-2099. For programs for teenagers, contact Father Hugh Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-924-9327.
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields Child Protection Policy is available by mail or e-mail by calling 212-924-0562.
To download the Child Protection Policy, please click here.
To download the Sunday School Schedule, please click here.