‘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+)

Our teens engage their everyday lives through the lens of their faith in Journey to Adulthood (J2A). J2A offers teens a space in which they can explore who they are and what they believe with trusted mentors who show them unconditional love and support. For today’s young people, who carry the stress of academics, sports, activities, and college pressures, J2A offers a peer group free from high-stakes competition, a place in which our youth can be vulnerable and develop bonds of deep trust. Working together, they become people of deep Christian character, able to act on their own values for the benefit of their community.

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.

Keeping our Children Safe

The safety of our children is a high priority at St. Luke’s, and we take great care to ensure their well being. Every teacher in our church school or  youth program is required to take child safety and sexual misconduct prevention training as part of their preparation, and to renew that training every few years. This training includes a detailed examination of the tactics that abusers use to cultivate children and aims to ensure that at least a third of the people in the parish know how to identify and report suspicious behavior.  Above all, we emphasize one simple step: no adult should ever be alone with a child in the course of church activities. Working together, we ensure that St. Luke’s truly fosters the well being of every child.

If you would like to become involved or enroll your child in one of our programs please contact Michelle Caporaso at michellemcaporaso@gmail.com .