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!

Celebrating Our 5th Graders as they move to Student Ministries

Zoom Call – Virtual Celebration | Sunday, May 31 | 11 a.m. | Register here.

Special Delivery:  If you would like your 5th grader to receive a gift to be delivered the week of May 31 – June 6. Register here.

Pictures: Please send a picture of your 5th grader for a special social media tribute.

In Times Such as These… with Julie Ellerbrock

Fruit of the Spirit Family Study
St. Luke’s Children’s Ministries has launched a new family study! Visit this page each week as we cover love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Lessons, praise music, games, and activities are available for children of all ages: toddlers through 5th graders!

May 23, 2020

THANK YOU FROM ANDY WILSON AND ST. LUKE’S

We had a fabulous time praising, dancing, and singing along with Andy Wilson as we worshiped Jesus from all around our city, various states, and even around the world! As a thank you to St. Luke’s, Andy offered each of us a special gift – some free downloads to his music!  Click here to join in more praising and dancing.

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT FAMILY STUDY:

Join us for our family Bible study series, The Fruit of the Spirit. Together, we will explore each of the specific attributes that Paul teaches us is the way to live a life led by the Spirit. We have four different age-appropriate lessons (toddlers/twos, threes-kinder, 1st/2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade) from which you may select the one(s) that works best for your family. Click on the video above to watch an introduction video. We hope you will join us! The lessons are available here.

NEW DAY FOR WEEKLY EMAILS BEGINNING JUNE 1

Beginning June 1, we will send our weekly updates on MONDAYS instead of Fridays.  We know the importance of worship time as a family on Sundays. As we move into summer, we have learned that some families prefer to set a time during the week to participate in our lessons. So, each Monday, we will share ideas for the week to help you plan activities for your family. For those who prefer to participate in our lessons on Sundays, we will continue to post them so they are available each Sunday.  Please check out our “previous weeks” button if you missed any lessons!

ADDITIONAL FAMILY RESOURCES: 

As we conclude the Sweating the Small Stuff sermon series, Dr. Pace will teach us more about service to others.  We will hear a ministry moment from our outreach team. Also, I will share some new ideas in my children’s message in the two contemporary services. Below are some service opportunities for you and your family:

  1. Make a doggy toy from old t-shirtsClick here for simple instructions.  Donate them to an area shelter!
  2. To help our world, learn something new about recycling, then try it out!
  3. Learn more about a country or a culture. Find and make a recipe that celebrates that culture/country, and talk about what all you learned as you enjoy the recipe. Say a prayer for the people of that community.  Your family can spread peace right from your home.
  4. Offer to water the flowers and/or grass of a neighbor who might have a hard time being out in the heat.
  5. CCSC Food Drive – We are in the parking lot of St. Luke’s every Saturday (9 a.m. – 12 noon) for contactless drop off of your food and household product donations.
  6. Make and Share Kindness Stones – paint or decorate river rocks or small stones. As you walk through your neighborhood, leave them by the doorsteps of your neighbors. If you have paint, you may paint the rock first, if desired. You may use paint pens or colored pencils to decorate the rock.
  7. Celebrate an Essential Worker – They continue to work really hard for us! Make a sign, give a big shout out, or say thank you to a delivery person, a grocery store employee, your mail carrier, your teachers, a healthcare professional, etc!  Think outside the box! I learned of a neighborhood where each home celebrated their mail carrier’s birthday! How cool is that?!
  8. In honor of Memorial Day, say a prayer for our United States Armed Forces and for all who gave their lives for our country. If you know someone who has or is serving in a branch of the military, share a BIG thank you for their service to us!

MORE RESOURCES: 

Conscious Discipline has added some new COVID-19 resources for families. As we go out into our communities more, children are seeing more people wear masks. Conscious Discipline has some new stories to help children understand the purpose of masks (just search “mask” on their site). They do offer two free-resource options:
1. Free-for-all resources – no registration necessary
2. Free resources – registration is required (email address)

We are here for you and would love to know how we may support you in other ways and through specific prayers. We would love to hear your requests and suggestions.

Love from your Children’s Ministries Team.

Julie Ellerbrock

Sundays for Children

May 31, 2020
Pentecost

Toddlers and Twos

Threes, Pre-K and Kinder

First and Second Grades

Third-Fifth Grades

Praise Music for Children

God Sent Down the Holy Spirit and Happy Birthday
with Julie Osterman
Sunday School Music Teacher

Story Time with Julie!

Adam, Adam, What Do You See?
written by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson and illustrated by Michael Sampson.

Words to Love By
written by Rick Warren and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

Maybe God is Like That Too
written by Jennifer Grant and illustrated by Benjamin Schipper

A Mom for Umande
written by Maria Faulconer and illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

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!

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