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Children’s Ministries

We at St. Luke have committed ourselves to reaching and nurturing all families for Jesus Christ. Weekly and seasonal programs are offered for children of all ages to help them learn of Jesus’ love and his plan for their lives. Adults are encouraged to become involved in our ministry through their commitment of time and prayers.

If you have any questions, please contact Esther Felt at or 477-3145.

Listed below are some of the ministries we currently offer for children:


Our nursery offers a warm and secure setting for infants and toddlers. It is staffed by trained individuals and is provided for worship services, Sunday School, Wednesday Night Together, and most other church functions.

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We have children’s classes for 3-year-olds through 5th grade. Sunday School meets on Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and is led by caring and committed teachers. There are also classes for PreK-K and combined grades 1-5 at 10:45 a.m. in Rooms 15 & 20. All age levels use Bible-based curriculum that is created to be Biblically sound, educationally effective, and engaging for every child.


Signing Praise Loving All Serving Him ~ Children learn Bible truths by participating in different stations each week including Deep Bible Adventure, Undersea Crafts, Splish Splash Games, Dive-In Diner, and Chadder’s Undersea Bible Adventure. SPLASH meets September through May, each Wednesday evening, from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. For more information regarding SPLASH!, please contact Esther Felt at or 477-3145.



What is SPLASH? It is our exciting Wed. night program for children! For Grades K – 5, we begin our evening at 6:00 PM for POWER UP, which is opening worship and general silliness, much like our VBS opening. The Bible story is presented in a creative, engaging way. Then, around 6:30 PM, the children are dismissed for small group time where they do hands-on activities that reinforce the Bible lesson. For our preschoolers, they will have Cherub Choir with Mrs. Ramona & Mrs. Suzie at 6:00 PM, followed by their own small group time in the classroom.

Our theme for the Fall will be “SUPERHEROES!” Superheroes was created for elementary-aged children to teach the "superpowers" of confidence, forgiveness, courage, self-control, and compassion using biblical stories about Jesus, Elijah, Daniel, and more!

What do we need you to do? Well, we specifically need adults willing to participate/interact with the children during POWER UP, and then serve as small group leaders when the kids go to their classrooms. All of the activities will be prepared for you ahead of time. We would like to have two adults in every classroom.


It’s going to be a great year, but we can’t do it without more volunteers! For more information, email



This choir is for children ages 3- to 5-years-old.  They meet September through May on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The children sing once a month during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services, with a special performance during the Christmas season.

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This choir is for grades K-5 and meets September through May.

The children sing during worship services and they also present Christmas & Spring productions each year. In our choir program, each child gets to sing a solo or have a speaking part if they desire.

 If your child has friends that like to sing, please invite them to come with you!  They don’t have to attend church at St. Luke.  Elementary Children’s Choir is for grade K – 5.  For more information, email Esther at


SUNDAYS, Elementary Children’s Choir will meet from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in Room 22/24.

Children’s Choir to present “The Christmas Cross”

In the opening scene of “The Christmas Cross,” the children’s choir is having their first rehearsal for this year's Christmas Extravaganza. As they begin to share their thoughts on Christmas, the heart of the story comes to the forefront as Mary begins to tell everyone about the Christmas Cross—a very special ornament with special significance—an heirloom, handed down by her grandmother. As she explains the meaning behind the ornament..."You can't have Christmas without the Cross...", this fun, lighthearted musical is beautifully and simply transformed into a powerful message about the love of God and the message of the Gospel.

All kids in Grades K – 5 are invited to join us on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Room 22/24!

Nov. 30 – HANGING OF THE GREENS – NO CHOIR PRACTICE.  We will be singing “You Can’t Have Christmas Without Jesus” at the Hanging of the Greens service at 6:30 PM.

Dec. 6 – Mandatory Dress Rehearsal from 4-6 PM in the sanctuary.  This is the last choir practice of 2015.

Dec. 9 – Performance at 6 PM in the sanctuary.

Dec. 24 – TBA – Children sing “The Christmas Cross” at the 4 PM service.

Jan. 17 – Children’s Choir starts back.


St. Luke United Methodist Church participates in a church sports league and has children’s teams for t-ball and softball. The children learn good sportsmanship and form friendships in this fun league.


St. Luke opened its Preschool in August of 2000 and serves children from 1- to 5-years-old. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., with options for two-day, three-day or five-day programs. Extended hours are available from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please contact the Preschool office for information or enrollment. Registration is first come, first serve. Space is limited.

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SACRED DANCE - Sunday afternoons from 2:00-2:50 p.m. in the Sancturary

Sacred Dance is offered for children and youth in grades 2-12 and meets during the school year on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-2:45 p.m. in the Sancturary.No prior dance experience is required. Our purpose is to praise and worship Christ through dance.  For more information, contact Mary Lee Pement at 476-4917 or Paola Pearce at 494-1288.

Performance on November 22.


It’s a Kids DAY Out!!!


What: Cooking, Games, Movies, Fun!

When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Who: Ages 6 weeks – 11 years

Where: St. Luke Fellowship Hall & Playground

Why: To have fun AND to raise money for Peru Missions!

Cost: $25 for first child, $40 for 2 siblings, $50 for 3 siblings, $60 for 4 siblings

Included: Lunch & Snack


Get your last minute Christmas shopping done while the kids have a great time at the church!  Kids Day Out is being provided and supervised by the St. Luke Peru Mission Team, and all proceeds will go to Peru Missions.

To register, contact Esther at 477-3145, or at  to hold your spot.  Payment is due the night of the event.




All students in Grades 3 – 12 are invited to be trained as acolytes.


All students in Grades 3 – 12 are invited to be trained as acolytes.


An acolyte is defined as someone who helps the pastor in worship.  The word acolyte often is translated as “helper” or “assistant.”  At St. Luke, acolytes are called upon to light and extinguish the altar candles, collect the offering plates, and assist with communion.  More acolytes are needed for both our 8:00 & 11:00 AM traditional worship services.  Acolytes are asked to serve at least once a month, and parents are able to sign up for a day that fits your family’s schedule.  In addition, our acolytes are treated to fun outings during the year to encourage them in their commitment to serve as acolytes.

Elementary Winter Camp News

The dates for our 2016 Winter Camp are Feb. 5 - 7.  This camp is for all 3rd – 5th graders.  We will be camping at Blue Lake Camp in Andalusia, AL, and this is a great “trial run” to see if your child will like summer camp.  Cost is $105 for kids if you register before Dec. 15.  After that date, registration will be $120 until the deadline on Jan. 22.  This trip will be chaperoned by Esther Felt and Mark Taylor.  Registration is now open on the Blue Lake website,


If you have any questions, please contact Esther Felt at or 477-3145.


Save the Date for Summer Camp!

For Kids Currently in Grades 3 – 5


We will be spending a full week of summer camp at Blue Lake this year!  Please mark your calendars for July 18 – 23.  Cost will be $335 if registered by April 15, and $355 after that date.  Scholarships are available, both from St. Luke and from Blue Lake.  See Esther for details.


A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM, Friday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 pm

Mark your calendars now for Friday, December 4, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus by re-creating a Biblical Times marketplace open to the community from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 pm.  Your time, talents, gifts, and service are needed.  NIB is a “hands-on” family event created for the community as an outreach of St. Luke UMC.

Loans of portable canopies to help create “tents” are needed.

Various decorations, such as baskets, throw rugs, furs, and vases, will help transform the church grounds into a Bethlehem market place as well.

Fresh rosemary is needed for our perfume shop.

Also, volunteers will be needed to operate the marketplace “shops” and work with families to enjoy and help create the crafts.

We are encouraging all Sunday School classes and Sticky Groups to please consider sponsoring a “shop” and asking their group members to volunteer in that shop.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer your services, contact Sandra Jesse at (correction) or 850-292-1539.


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Esther Felt

Children's Director

In addition to these ministries, we offer others such as Acolytes, Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Parade, Easter Festival, Fall Festival, Fourth of July Family Picnic, family camp outs, a family retreat, and many other programs involving children. I hope you will plan to be a part of the exciting areas I’ve mentioned.

Please feel free to email me at or call me at the church office at 477-3145 if you have questions or if I may be of help to you. I look forward to seeing you soon!