‘All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.’ Isaiah 54:13
Youth matters here at St. Luke’s
Church School Curriculum for Younger Youth (ages 3 through 10)
Our curriculum is designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary. We use Lesson Plans That Work published by the Episcopal Church. These lesson plans are written by experienced teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of of our children as they grow in a life of faith.
Weekly lesson plans are based the Gospel lesson or the lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures and follow the liturgical calendar.
Our core values in this program are education, creating a sense of community, encouraging a personal relationship with God and experiencing the holy and the sacred.
Church School Curriculum for Older Youth (ages 11 through 16+)
We use the Rite 13 program. It is a “liturgical rite of passage we celebrate with the young people around their 13th birthday. This rite is loosely based on the bar/bat mitzvah tradition and is a way for the entire congregation to celebrate the unique gifts and abilities of our young men and women. The Rite-13 program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives.” During this program, “the community acknowledges the gift of gender, celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven in which to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities.”
Older teens are given the opportunity to explore deeper questions and determine whether confirmation is the right choice for them. Confirmation at St. Luke’s continues the faith life and community building that was begun at a much younger ages. This class further develops teens’ abilities to make good choices in line with the teachings of Jesus.
Our older youth are also exposed to a special unit titled, An Introduction to the Semitic Tradition. This class explores the similarities and differences between the three Semitic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Students gain an understanding of the common heritage that link these three religions through similar perceptions of history, values and beliefs. This is taught by Carol Ward, Ph.D., History.
If you would like to become involved or enroll your child in one of our programs please contact Michelle Caporaso at firstname.lastname@example.org .