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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 esther@stluke-umc.org or 477-3145.

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

NURSERY

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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SUNDAY SCHOOL

We have children’s classes for 3-year-olds through 5th grade. Sunday School meets on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and is led by caring and committed teachers. There a PreK-K available at 9:30 a.m. in the Nursery. All age levels use Bible-based curriculum that is created to be Biblically sound, educationally effective, and engaging for every child.

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SPLASH!

What is SPLASH? It is our exciting Wednesday 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 at 6:00 PM, followed by their own small group time in the classroom.

 

SPLASH is offered at 6 PM in Room 22/24.  Every week we begin with praise and worship and the Bible story presented in the Room 22/24. At 6:30 PM we dismiss to our small group time in the classrooms.  The elementary students then receive a daily devotional guide each week for them to use at home.  Our preschool children have their SPLASH class at 6:30 PM following Cherub Choir practice.

SPLASH is our exciting Wednesday night children’s ministry for age 3 – fifth grade, using the 252 Basics curriculum.  For more information contact Esther Felt at esther@stluke-umc.org.

 

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 esther@stluke-umc.org

 

CHERUB CHOIR

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. in Room 6. The children sing once a month during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services, with a special performance during the Christmas season.

Click on the link to go to the registration page: http://www.stluke-umc.org/images/docs/Cherub_Choir_Registration_Form.pdf

ELEMENTARY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

All kids in Grades K – 5 are invited to join us in the choir room every Sunday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

This choir 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 esther@stluke-umc.org.

SPORTS

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.

http://www.stluke-umc.org/page/sports-ministry

ST. LUKE PRESCHOOL

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.

Let’s Go – KNO! (Kids Night Out)

What: Cooking, Games, Movies, Fun!

When: Usually the third Friday, 5 – 10 PM

Who: Ages 6 weeks – 11 years

Where: St. Luke Fellowship Hall & Playground

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

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

Included: Supper & Snack

 

Have a BLAST playing outside, watching a movie, and MORE!  Kids Night 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 esther@stluke-umc.org  to hold your spot.  Payment is due the night of the event.

 

ACOLYTE

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.

 

 

Save the Date for BLAST Summer Camp at Blue Lake!

Completed Grades 3 – 8

July 17 – 22, 2017

 

The St. Luke kids will be attending a full week of camp this year!!  BLAST is for completed grades 3-8.  Early bird price if registered by April 15: $345, non-early bird: $365.  Scholarships are available – please see Esther for scholarship information! Registration is open at www.bluelakecamp.com.

 

A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

We celebrate the birth of Jesus by re-creating a Biblical Times marketplace open to the community. 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 mygirls2012@gmail.com 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 esther@stluke-umc.org 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!