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Our purpose is to build a spiritual foundation in each child that will last a lifetime.
Our vision is for you to see your role in fulfilling our baptism covenant response:
“We will surround these children with a community of love and forgiveness.”

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In Times Such as These… with Julie Ellerbrock

Julie Ellerbrock’s Children’s Message- March 29

April 3, 2020
Hi Families!

Holy Week is almost upon us, and we have created something very special for Palm Sunday! Our Children’s Ministries team has written lessons for each age group, which include music, games, crafts, prayers, and a Bible Story.

Praise Music is by our Children’s Church Worship Leaders, Ashley Hymel and Thanushka Lewkebandara, as well as our Sunday School Music Teacher, Tina Throckmorton.

In addition to utilizing these Palm Sunday lessons, we hope your family will join us for worship this Sunday. Stream traditional services here at  8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. and Contemporary Worship here at 8:45 and 11:15 a.m. 

I will share a children’s message at the contemporary services. Please send me a picture of your family waving your “palms” (whatever they may be) high in the air! Hosanna!

Faithfully,

Julie Ellerbrock
Director, Children’s Ministries

Sundays for Children

Palm Sunday Lessons

Praise Music for Children

Hosanna Rock
with Ashley Hymel
and Thanushka Lewkebandara

Cards for Healthcare Workers

From the doctors to the housekeepers, it’s an intense environment to be in right now for healthcare workers. Families have the opportunity to thank these selfless professionals for their hard work and sacrifice by drawing a picture or writing a note.

In taking extreme sanitary measures, we will deliver these notes electronically. Please take a picture (.jpg or .png) or scan (.pdf) your card and email it to [email protected]. Thank you for brightening a hero’s day!

Lenten Prayer Eggs

Children’s Ministries is continuing our Lenten Prayer Eggs at home! Look for a separate email containing the names over which your family may pray. Watch the video for instructions!

SUNDAYS (when the building is open)

SUNDAY NURSERY

8:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For ages 2 months – Pre-K

We offer caring and safe childcare for children ages 2 months – 23 months while parents/guardians attend any of our morning worship services and/or Sunday School.  Our childcare team focuses on meeting the needs of your child in a caring and loving way so even our youngest ones will be introduced to Jesus’s love through their words and actions.  Each caregiver is well-trained and certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and SIDS.  Our staff also participates in continuing education trainings in developmentally appropriate practices, child development, safety, and faith formation.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
For 2 year-olds – 5th Graders

Sunday mornings are the heart of our ministry, and we desire all children to be surrounded by a faith-filled community of caring adults and friends. Sunday School is offered for children ages 2 years through 5th grade from 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Children and their adult leaders grow in their faith together through Bible stories, prayer and meaningful activities that connect Bible times with their lives today.

Our 2s – Kindergarten children learn to connect with their friends, teachers and God through hands-on Bible stories, scripture, music and activities.

Each week our 1st and 2nd graders explore many different ways to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as with their peers and adult leaders.

Sunday Adventures is a rotation-style Sunday School program that teaches our 3rd-5th graders many ways of looking at a particular Bible story. Children learn a handful of Bible stories very well, building a good base that will stick with them.

Special Needs click here

CHILDREN’S CHURCH

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For K – 3rd Grade

Children’s Church is our newest worship experience for kindergartners – 3rd graders at 11:00 a.m. Through praise music, interactive prayer, Bible teaching and engaging activities, children learn more about themselves, their faith, and how we can live and love like Jesus.  Our aim is to meet families where they are: during Children’s Church hour, parents may grow in their own faith by attending traditional worship, Starting Point classes or other small groups.

WEEKDAYS

DAY SCHOOL

St. Luke’s Day School is a Christ-centered early childhood program (3 months – Kinder) where teachers and parents teach and strengthen each child’s emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual skills while playing and learning together. Learn more here.

AFTER SCHOOL

St. Luke’s After-School and All-Day Camps serve children ages Kinder – 8th grade and strive to create a compassionate, fun, caring, and safe experience for children of all races, nationalities, and religions. Learn more here.

WEEKDAY CHILDCARE

Weekday Care is a welcoming, loving and safe environment for children of our church volunteers, preschool volunteers, and weekday ministry participants. If you are volunteering or participating in one of our ministries, childcare is available at no cost to you with a reservation.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Come explore God’s power and love through amazing praise and worship experiences, incredible activities and a meaningful service project that will change our hearts as we partner with those in need. VBS offers an amazing week (each June) for children and students ages kindergarten through high school.  We also offer Mini-VBS for children ages 2 months – preK when a parent serves as a VBS volunteer.

A long-standing tradition at St. Luke’s, 3rd graders are presented with their very own Bibles in worship, and families celebrate afterward with a breakfast. Third graders are then invited to spend a Friday evening learning about their new Bible during Third Grade Bible Explorations while playing games and participating in a scavenger hunt around the church!

Children’s Ministries offers frequent opportunities for children and families to serve organizations in our community, including annual traditions such as food and toy drives, Sunday School offering which benefits an organization serving children in our community, as well as monthly service projects.

Fusion is designed for our 5th graders to build relationships with student leaders and staff to ensure their smooth transition into Student Ministries and consists of events such as field games, service projects, and socials.

St. Luke’s is a member of UCAL (United Church Athletic League), a Christian-based recreational athletic league that offers soccer (fall and spring) and basketball (winter). Teams are gender and age-group specific. Learn more.

O come, let us adore Him! Join us in making the story of the birth of Jesus come to life for our children through various events including our Family Christmas Party and children’s live Nativity on Christmas Eve.

FINE ARTS

Pre-K (4 yrs. old by September 1)and Kindergarten
Our youngest children sing in JoyfulNoise!, directed by Julie Osterman and Devon Jones.

Grades 1-5
Elementary school children sing in SundaySing!, directed by Jane Long and Megan Kessler.

All these choirs sing and ring in worship several times a year, as they become ready. Contact Justin Bair for more information

SundayRing Our children’s handbell choir for grades 3-5 rehearses on Sundays at 3 p.m. Directed by Jane Long. Contact Justin Bair.

Encourage your child’s neurological and physical development with an engaging curriculum that includes you (or a caregiver) in a sequence of singing and movement that’s literally child’s play! Birth through preschool. Targets five areas of development: musical, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual. Classes are 45 minutes and are followed by snack time. Unlike other music programs, we do not require a one-to-one parent/child ratio, and you may bring siblings to the same class. Tuition is $115 for St. Luke’s members and $125 for non-members. There is an additional $35 fee for siblings. Check out the video.  For more information, please contact

 Julie Osterman.

The eight-week Winter 2020 SongPlay! session begins January 12. Register today:
Sunday, 4 p.m. | Courtney
Monday, 9:15 a.m. | Julie
Thursday, 9:15 a.m. | Courtney

Study music with some of the best teachers in Houston. Our instructors have advanced degrees from leading universities and conservatories in Houston and across the country, as well as exceptional performing experience around the globe. Bridges Academy currently offers lessons in piano, voice, violin, cello, guitar, percussion, flute, and clarinet. 

Visit the Bridges Academy web page for more information and registration.

PARENTS & VOLUNTEERS

The Parenting Center at St. Luke’s provides programming for parents on topics such as Parenting the Love & Logic Way, technology safety, difficult topics such as death of a loved one or divorce, social challenges with peers, emotional and physical growth and changes, as well as faith formation for parents throughout the week. Contact Julie Ellerbrock.

Approximately once a month, children ages 2 – kindergarten and their families meet on the playground after Sunday School for fun and games, providing the opportunity for parents of similarly-aged children to form friendships with each other. Contact Paige Farrow.

Our ministry relies on the support of our amazing volunteers who teach Sunday School, lead VBS, and execute special events. One important step in serving in Children’s Ministries is successfully completing our Safe Sanctuary training and background check. Our vision is for you to see your role in fulfilling our baptism covenant response: “We will surround these children with a community of love and forgiveness.” Click here to learn more about volunteering with Children’s Ministries.

Children’s Ministries Staff

Julie Ellerbrock
Julie Ellerbrock
Director of Children's Ministries
Bevin Barrett
Bevin Barrett
PM Pals Coordinator
Molly Brechtel
Assistant Nursery Coordinator
Adrian Chandler
Adrian Chandler
Nursery Coordinator
Kim Davis
Kim Davis
Administrative Assistant
Christy Dulaney
Christy Dulaney
Assistant Director
Lori Farbach
Lori Fahrbach
1st-5th Grade
Paige Farrow
Children’s Program Coordinator
Rachel Fisher
Communications Specialist