Christian Formation

Christian Formation for Children and Youth

Godly Play — Children age 3 to grade 2
A Montessori-based approach to Christian formation, Godly Play uses a careful telling of scripture stories with engaging story figures and creative response activities. Godly Play invites children to wonder about God, themselves as one of God’s beloved, and the world in a way that is playful and meaningful to them.

Saints — Children in grades 3-5
The Saints class is designed to deepen knowledge of the Bible and of our Episcopal traditions. We explore some central stories from the Old Testament and share discussions, projects, service, and fun!

Journey to Adulthood Youth in grades 6-12
The Journey to Adulthood program uses scripture and real life issues to help youth explore their faith. The Journey to Adulthood program celebrates young people turning 13, supports families of teens, as well as working on life skills of planning a trip, and preparing for a spiritual pilgrimage. Near the end of high school, the young people explore vocation and ministry in the church and are empowered to reach out and serve. Journey to Adulthood helps young people explore the joys and challenges that God gives us in our lives. By providing a solid foundation for Christian maturity, these classes seek to bring young people into closer relationship with God and each other while cultivating lifelong habits of worship and service. The program uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, and opportunities for outreach ministry as well as serious and playful activities to nurture growth into joyful Disciples of Christ. Ultimately we hope to provide a strong foundation from which the youth of St. Luke’s can seek and serve Christ in all persons and consequently live a life of compassion and service.

Rite 13 Youth in grades 6 & 7
The Rite 13 program’s underlying theme is that adulthood is earned or learned, that manhood and womanhood are gifts from God, and we choose how we use our creative power, not only to create life but also to shape the world according to God’s purpose.

J2A High school students
The J2A Program engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment. This experience is often the spiritual highlight of their youth.

 

Christian Formation for Adults

Adult Forums
Adult Forums on Sunday morning address a wide range of topics – theological, spiritual, historical, social, environmental and artistic – through programs and discussions led by members, guest speakers, and films.

Bible Study
St. Luke’s Bible Study sessions on Monday nights provide opportunities to explore portions of scripture in greater depth.

Book Study
Recent St. Luke’s book studies have included works by Marcus Borg, Parker Palmer, Andrew Robinson, Eric Law, and James E. Griffiss.

Education for Ministry
The St. Luke’s Education for Ministry seminar series includes study of the Bible, church history, and theology and also theological reflection by the EfM seminar members.

Canterbury Forum
The Canterbury Forum, held at St. Luke’s, is a collaboration involving over a dozen faith communities in the Cedar Valley. It examines religious issues and explores the relationship between religion and culture. A complete list of the past and present Canterbury Forum programs is available on its website: http://www.canterburyforum.net/.