Education & Formation
At St. Luke’s, we see faith as a life-long journey, beginning with our youngest children and continuing through all stages of adulthood. Whether you’re a life-long Episcopalian or new to the church, there’s a place for you here. We are a community that encourages questioning, critical thinking, deep reflection, and discussion that is open to all viewpoints. You are always welcome to join us.
Formation for Younger Children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
For children age 3–9, St. Luke’s uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. The program runs from September through May, and children are welcome to join the program at any time during the year.
As program founder Sofia Cavaletti says, “Young children are radical—meaning they go to the root of things—in their religious needs.” We believe that young children
- already have a relationship with God
- need space and quiet time—the “Atrium”—to let that relationship be felt and nurtured
- need words and names to help recognize and retain the relationship
- deserve and can understand the biggest, most important parts of church life
- have their own ways of praying and working that must be honored
Our Atrium programs are divided by age. The Atrium for children ages 3 through kindergarten focuses on the image of Jesus as the loving and protective Good Shepherd. In the Atrium for children in grades 1–3, the central image becomes Jesus as the True Vine. Children begin to see themselves and their own lives as part of a history of salvation, and they begin to consider morally complex stories and parables.
Each Sunday, children have time to ponder the stories they hear by using materials. They can move figures of the Good Shepherd and sheep, situate symbols and structures on maps and models of Israel, or hold a real mustard seed and consider the power it contains to grow. There is also time for gathering, asking questions, and offering prayers.
Atriums open at 9:30 a.m. and continue as parents attend the 10 a.m. service. Children join the congregation at the Peace. The Atrium programs run from September through May. For more information, contact Becky Strehlow or Susan Lempke.
Although children of all ages are always welcome in worship at St. Luke’s, we do offer the option of nursery care for younger children. We provide a safe, clean, and happy environment where qualified nursery and childcare workers make each child feel comfortable and loved. The nursery is available each Sunday beginning at 9:30. The nursery is a nut-free area.
Other Opportunities for Youth
St. Luke’s offers many opportunities for youth outside of traditional Sunday School. Examples include:
- On the Same Page Book Club
- Reader’s Theater
- Family Eucharist
- Outreach experiences such as Moveable Feast and Cathedral Shelter Christmas baskets
- Social gatherings such as the Night Watch lock-in