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From musicals to summer camps… Bible challenges to service opportunities, there is plenty to do at St. Luke’s! Just pick a topic and see what we have planned for the entire family. And remember, when you are on vacation, Sunday worship services are available via Live stream.
Vacation Bible School | June 5-9 | Cost is $50 per child
Vacation Bible School is back and bigger than ever! We are so excited for the week of June 5-9 to finally get here and can’t wait to see our super special worship leaders, who are flying in to help us kick-off VBS in our brand new buildings in a very BIG way!
At VBS Hero Central, children will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.
Your heroes will discover a Hero Verse (Bible memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBS.
2 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) It’s a Zoo Out There! Download brochure here
Every child loves the zoo! Campers will learn all about our animal friends through story time, songs, pretend play, art and exploration. It all adds up to a fun and enriching summer experience! May 30 – June 2 | Dear Zoo Come experience life as a zookeeper! We will learn all about animals that live in the zoo as we pretend to feed, clean, and care for them.
June 12 – 23 | Animal Extremes Let’s explore animals around the world. They can be fast, or slow, big or small. Join us as we learn the differences between some of our zoo friends.
June 26 – July 7 | Let’s Get Wet (no camp Tuesday, 7/4) Dive into an underwater adventure! Let’s discover animals—sea turtles, fish, sea lions and seals—that live in the sea.
July 10 – 21 | Wild About Prints No two are alike! There are many different prints and patterns to explore. We’ll discover animals with spots, stripes and beautiful colors.
July 24 – Aug. 4 | Animals that Roar “Roarrr!” Can you make the sound of an animal that lives in the zoo? Let’s listen while we learn about lions, tigers and bears.
August 7-11 | Zoo Mommies and Babies Zoo babies are so precious! We will match up the mommies and babies, and see how they are different and how they are the same.
3, 4 or 5 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) Adventures in Africa Download brochure here
Join us as we explore the amazing continent of Africa! We’ll discover animals, cultures, stories, songs, and ancient wonders…incorporating our love of art, dramatic play and storytelling into a rich palate of adventure, learning and hands-on fun! May 30 – June 2 | Passport to Africa Get your passports ready as we fly halfway around the world to Africa where we will explore the cultures of several African countries.
June 12 – 23 | Safari Buckle up as we take the scenic route through East Africa where we will see lions, jaguars, giraffes and more!
June 26 – July 7 (no camp Tuesday, 7/4) | Ancient Egypt What do the Nile River, the Great Pyramids, and mummies have in common? Egypt! Join us as we discover all this fascinating country has to offer!
July 10 – 21 | Folktales Storytelling is a big tradition around the world. Be ready to listen to some African Folktales and make up a few of our own!
July 24 – Aug. 4 | Madagascar Let’s set sail to the island of Madagascar where we will learn about some of the world’s most interesting animals.
August 7 – 11 | Jungle Beats Listen to the sounds and rhythms of Africa and loosen up as we move to the jungle beat!
Program Information and Fees
DAYS*: Monday – Tuesday -or-Wednesday – Thursday – Friday DAILY HOURS: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. DATES: May 30 – June 2 and June 12 – August 11 | 6 sessions (2 one-week, 4 two-week) NO CAMP: JUNE 6/5-6/9 (VBS) and JULY 4 REGISTRATION FEE: Currently Enrolled: NO FEE Church Members: $10 per session Non-members: $20 per session CAMP TUITION FEES: 1-week sessions: (Session 1,6) 2 days/wk (M-TU) $80 per session 3 days/wk (W-F) $120 per session 2-week sessions: (Session 2,3,4,5) 2 days/wk (M-TU) $160 per session 3 days/wk (W-F) $240 per session *Campers may sign up for M-Tu and / or Wed-Fri; days must be consistent for all sessions.
DEPOSIT is due with application. Deposit includes registration fee (if applicable) and 50% of camp tuition. DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (Note: If your child is placed on wait list, your deposit check will be returned)
Old meets new in our Summer Camp Infinity Games! This year we are expanding on our beloved Minute to Win It tournaments and combining them with popular games, like Jeopardy and Clue, to create fun and wacky team building activities that bring the whole camp together in fun and friendly competition. Games are divided into three categories to peak the interests of all campers: Athletic, Academic and Team Building. Your camper will be on one of our two teams, Alpha or Omega, and at the end of each session a winning team will be chosen and honored with the winning banner and a photo displayed in the entrance for the week to come. The second place team’s counselors will face hilarious and messy consequences! Additionally, individual awards are granted to members of each team.
Summer Camp is for children entering grades 1–6 in the Fall. Each session campers participate in many different activities including: arts and crafts, swimming (pool on site), games, science, cooking/nutrition, talent show, and gym activities with Coach Jones! Every Friday campers go on a field trip to places like Pirates Bay Waterpark, Typhoon Texas, Putt Putt FunHouse, Incredible Pizza and more! Box lunches are available for purchase Monday-Thursday. Sign up NOW to secure a spot!
Middle School Camp is for children entering 7-8 grade in the Fall. Everyday campers take field trips to places like: Splashtown, Bayou Wildlife Park, Laserzone, bowling at 300 Houston, I Fly, & more! Campers also participate in at least one community service project per week. Space is very limited, so sign up early to ensure your middle schooler’s summer is full of exciting experiences! Sessions Session 1 May 30-June 2 Session 2 June 5-June 9 Session 3 June 12-16 Session 4 June 19-23 Session 5 June 26-30 Session 6 July 3-7 Session 7 July 10-14 Session 8 July 17-21 Session 9 July 24-28 Session 10 July 31-August 4
*Important Dates: Vacation Bible School will be June 5–9 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. for Groups 1–6 Camp will be closed on Friday, May 29 & July 4.
Registration Fee (per child): St. Luke’s Member $50 Non-Member $100
Camp Tuition (per child): Grades 1-6 Camp: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $225/session Early Care : 7-9 a.m. $25/session After Care : 4:30-6 p.m. $25/session
Summer Clubhouse June 26-30 | July 3-7 | July 10-14 | July 17-21* | July 24-28 | July 31-August 4 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Summer Clubhouse at the St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus is back! This summer camp is a safe, educational and spiritual place for children of the Sharpstown and Gulfton area to come! These are six wonderful weeks filled with learning activities and fun adventures for children going into kindergarten through fifth grade.The cost $25 per child, per week with a $65 family maximum per week. There are some scholarships available. While at the Summer Clubhouse, the children will have a morning snack and a nutritious lunch. This fee also covers crafts, activities and even a bus pick-up. We could use help preparing ahead of time like decorating or preparing crafts AND during the program itself like classroom assistants preparing snacks and lunches. If you would like to volunteer or help in any way, please contact Amy Kelley 713-357-4464, firstname.lastname@example.org or Juana Tavico 713-357-4474, email@example.com .
Mosaic Music Camp *July 17-21 | The third week of Summer Clubhouse Mosaic Music Camp teaches children the basics of music and how to play instruments in small group settings. The camp culminates in a concert on Friday. Cost is $15 per child, with a maximum of $65 per family.
June 17 | Bubble Fest A community event for teenagers and children to beat the heat with outdoor bubble fun.
August 19 | Back to School Bash A community celebration where families can meet representatives from local schools and close the summer with outdoor fun.
For the first time in the history of our camp, Bridges Academy will present a one-hour “Junior” version of the hit Broadway musical Annie! The Junior series of musicals feature condensed versions of shows to allow for a shorter production time. Camp will run Monday through Friday over two weeks — June 19-30 — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enrollment is open for students entering grade 2 through graduating seniors. Plenty of roles, lots of great chorus numbers, and a fun opportunity for your child to develop/expand their skills regardless of prior experience. Tuition is $250, with a 10% discount for each additional sibling you enroll. All camp activities will take place in the Rotunda Theater located within the security of our campus at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 3471 Westheimer. Directed by St. Luke’s alum and professional actress Chelsea McCurdy Sarratt. Register here.
July 31-August 4 Children’s Summer Musical (for children entering grades 1-5) Come to the Table: The Surprise Party composed by and performed with Ken Medema
Ken Medema returns this summer for our children’s musical — one act of his musical “Come To The Table.” The musical is open to children entering 1st through 5th grades. Rehearsals are Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4 from 1:30-5 p.m. Performance is 6 p.m. on Friday, August 4. We will also have a special activity with Ken on Saturday morning August 5, and we will sing in worship with Ken on the morning of Sunday, August 6. Contact Noralyn Carpenter.
Operation Blueprint May 31–June 3 | Completed Grades 6–7 Cost $450 until May 1—$500 after This summer, our Middle School students return to San Antonio to partner with Operation Blueprint Ministries. We will serve the San Antonio community through light construction projects and house painting. This is a great opportunity to practice living out our faith through serving and loving others. We will also spend time in worship through singing, Bible study, and small group discussion. The trip is finished off with a fun day at Schlitterbahn and The Gristmill!
CIY: Mix July 10–14 | Completed Grades 6–7 Cost $850 until May 1—$950 after CIY: Mix is a 4-day camp designed specifically for incoming 7-8th grade students. This year, we’re flying to Orange, California to stay on the beautiful campus of Chapman University. Throughout the trip, they will have fun and spend time together in big and small group activities, and they will feel challenged as they learn about their spiritual formation and role as Kingdom Workers. Students can expect to spend time in dynamic worship sessions, recreation activities, and thoughtful discussions. The week ends with visits to the beach and Universal Studios.
CIY:Move June 19–24 | Completed Grades 8–12 Cost $800 until May 1—$850 after CIY: Move is more than just another retreat. Move is an experience! Students are challenged through intense, interactive worship, dynamic preaching, small group discussions, and community building activities. This year, we are flying to Holland, Michigan for a week at Hope College. We will take advantage of the beautiful scenery through hikes and time at the lake. Each student returns home with a personal and unique challenge for the upcoming year.
Regional Mission Trip July 15–22 | Completed Grades 8–12 Cost $700 until May 1—$750 after This trip takes our students to the hills of Kentucky on an adventure they won’t soon forget. They will test their limits while developing leadership skills, growing spiritually, and carrying out their faith in mission. They will return home exhausted and a little sore, but with a renewed vision to change their world. For more information about the organization we’re partnering with, visit adventureserve.org. Cost $700 until May 1—$750 after
VBS (Vacation Bible School) June 5–9 | Completed Grades 6–12 Cost FREE The Children’s Ministry at St. Luke’s is growing every year, and VBS is their largest opportunity for community outreach. The Student Ministry plays a crucial role in this by partnering with them to lead activities and build relationships during these jampacked days. The energy and enthusiasm our students bring is felt by every person who participates. It is an honor to be included in the magic of VBS week here at St. Luke’s, and we look forward to watching Christ work through our students once again.
After VBS (Vacation Bible School) June 5–8 | Completed Grades 6-12 We have four days of activities during the week for our student volunteers. We hope you will all plan to stay and join us for lunch and an afternoon of fun after VBS each day.
The Bible in 90 Days Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. | June 6-August 29 | Hines Baker Room Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. | June 6-August 29 | Hines Baker Room Led by Dr. Linda Christians and Ken Jacobson It is very transformative to see the comprehensive story of God’s unrelenting love – from Genesis to Revelation. Join Dr. Christians as we journey together beginning in the Garden of Eden in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The registration fee of $15 includes the participant book. An “official” Bible in 90 Days Bible is available for $15, if desired, but any Bible will suffice.
Bible 101 Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. | June 7-August 9 | Room ES 313/314 Led by Rev. Thomas Harper and Katie Montgomery Mears What is the Old Testament all about? Who wrote it? Have you heard of Esther, Habakkuk, and Nehemiah and wondered who they were, but were too afraid to ask? Join us for a 10-week study of the Old Testament, during which you will gain a deeper understanding of the birth of Israel, its rulers and prophets, the exile and return of the Israelites, and the way that God was with them the whole time.
Financial Peace University Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. I June 4-July 30 I Room ES 313/314 Led by Brian and Katy Cox Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week class on money taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more! You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. This class is for everyone: young or old; single or married. The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 90 days. The materials cost $93 and include membership for you and your spouse, access to the online resources, a copy of Complete Guide to Money, FPU Class workbook, Envelope System, and more.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. | June 5-July 31 (no meeting July 3) | Room ES 301 Led by Doug Christians and Jana Gaddy In this 8-week video study, we will explore the powerful story and arguments of author Nabeel Qureshi found in his book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. We will explore Muslim culture, the most common Muslim objections to Christianity, and the core doctrines upon which Islam stands or falls, going deeper into apologetics and evangelism among Muslims. Join us for this engaging and thought-provoking class of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus. Study guide optional ($11)
May 13 | 9-11 a.m. Gardening at Sutton Elementary Garden Trim, weed, stir compost clean shed, sharpen tools and prepare the school’s garden for summer. Contact Meredith Davis at 713-402-5064.
May 31-June3 | Operation Blueprint | Students who have completed Grades 6-7 This summer, our Middle School students return to San Antonio to partner with Operation Blueprint Ministries. We will serve the San Antonio community through light construction projects and house painting. This is a great opportunity to practice living out our faith through serving and loving others. We will also spend time in worship through singing, Bible study, and small group discussion. The trip is finished off with a fun day at Schlitterbahn and The Gristmill! Cost $450 until May 1–$500 after. Register online or contact Brindley Ginn.
June 5-9 Vacation Bible School VBS would not be possible without the amazing adult and student volunteers. To join the fun contact Kim Davis at 713-402-5044.
June 6-13 | Dominican Republic GO Ministries Mission Trip Join us this June as we travel to Santiago, Dominican Republic to work alongside GO Ministries and their local leaders to empower those in need. Sports outreach, Vacation Bible School, and construction are just some of the ways we serve. This trip is open to families and individuals of all ages. Contact Alex Mair to sign up.
June 17 | 9:30-11 a.m. Shoe cutting party for Sole Hope Africa Using provided templates, volunteers will cut denim from donated jeans into pieces that will be made into shoes for children in Africa. Contact Meredith Davis at 713-402-5064.
Sunday, July 9 Worship Lunch and Serve at Gethsemane Campus Worship together at 11:15 a.m. will be followed by lunch in Canterbury Hall and a service project for Christian Community Service Center and other area food pantries. Contact Meredith Davis at 713-402-5064.
July 15-22 | Regional Mission Trip | Students who have completed grades 8-12 The trip takes our students to the hills of Kentucky on an adventure they won’t soon forget. They will test their limits while developing leadership skills, growing spiritually, and carrying out their faith in mission. They will return home exhausted and a little sore, but with a renewed vision to change their world. Cost $700 until May 1 – $750 after. Register online or contact Brindley Ginn.
August 12 | 9:30-11 a.m. Volunteers will bag pet food for pets of Meals on Wheels participants. Contact Meredith Davis at 713-402-5064.
St. Luke’s Tapestry Players present:
The Matchmaker | June 16-18 | Rotunda Theater Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. “Loud, slap dash and uproarious…” See the Thornton Wilder play that inspired the musical “Hello Dolly!” set in Yonkers, New York at the turn of the 20th century. Described by the New York Times as “…extraordinarily original and funny.” A series of slapstick situations involving mistaken identities, secret rendezvous, separated lovers, and a trip to night court finds everyone paired with a perfect match. Directed by David Gow.
My Fair Lady |July 27-29 | 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 30 | 2:30 p.m. | Rotunda Theater Frequently called “the perfect musical,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady. The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success, setting a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. Come see our production, directed by Steve McCurdy, with musical direction by Sid Davis.