WELCOME TO CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES

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.”

Come Grow With Us!

Dear Parents,

We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with you to help build a spiritual foundation in your child/children that lasts a lifetime. As we continue to make our plans for virtual programming for Fall 2020, your input is invaluable to us.

Please complete this short, five-minute survey (link below by Friday, August 14, to tell us how we may best partner with you as we worship and learn together from our homes.

As a thank you for completing this survey, we would like to deliver a special surprise to your family in the near future. While providing your email address in the survey is optional, we will need this information at the bottom of the survey in order to receive the surprise.  

This survey is specific to certain programming and events. It does not encompass all programming within Children’s Ministries. Look for additional surveys in the future.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NT5F5V9

The Sacrifice Bunt
Children’s Sermon from August 2, 2020

The Story of God and Us
Children’s Sermon from July 26

Children’s Ministry Moment

Worship Activity Bags

St. Luke’s newest sermon series Baseball and the Bible is sure to be a home run, and we want your family to play along. Hop off the bench, and sign up for August Worship Activity Bags, enhancing your children’s Sunday morning experience!

  1. Register now so that we may know how many bags to prepare.
  2. Come to the church Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m.-12 noon (the same time as the weekly Food Drive). You can make a double play!

We look forward to taking your family out to the ballgame as you worship online together!

Sundays for Children

Sunday Online Bible Lessons for August 9, 2020
Baseball and The Bible: Striking Out

Toddlers – Kindergarten

Grades 1-5

Praise Music for Children

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
PreK and Kinder song by Julie Osterman, Sunday School Music Teacher

I’ve Got The Joy
PreK and Kinder song by Julie Osterman, Sunday School Music Teacher

The B-I-B-L-E
PreK and Kinder song by Julie Osterman, Sunday School Music Teacher

I’ve Got The Joy
with Ashley Hymel and Thanushka Lewkebandara

Everything to God
with Ashley Hymel and Thanushka Lewkebandara

Story Time with Julie!

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
written by Kate Klise and illustrated by M Sarah Klise

The Storm That Stopped
written by A. Mitchell and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri.

Strictly No Elephants
written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
written by Sonia Sotomayor and illustrated by
Rafael López.

Family Resource Recommendations on Race and Privilege

Rev. David Horton, Lead Pastor Gethsemane Campus, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Story of God Storybook Bible by Desmond Tutu
Same Heart by Chris Helene Bridge
Podcast- Hidden Brain episode titled The Air We Breathe: Implicit Bias and Police Shootings
Implicit Bias test- go to https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html and select the Race IAT

Mirella E. Sales, Social Emotional Learning Instructional Director, Connect to Character (C2C), Connect Community
21 Anti-Racism Videos to watch with children
30 Anti-racist educators to follow for resources on Instagram
Library of POC children’s book/offer a subscription
Resource Round

Dr. Teandra Gordon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Author of Purpose-Filled Parenting
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith
The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Purpose Filled Parenting by Teandra Gordon

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