St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Monday, May 20, 2013
The purpose of the student ministries of St. Luke's is to provide a safe place for spiritual growth to take place and for students in 6th through 12th grade to live out their faith with their friends and peers.
Through a combination of bible lessons, worship, small group breakouts, retreats, mission trips and other events, our students are encouraged to accept a "RENOVATION" in their lives that only Christ can provide. As our students grow in their faith and their understanding of Christianity, they are renovated by God's spirit as they progress toward adulthood and overcome the challenges that lay before them.
Our schedule is made up of three specific components: Bible study, worship & fellowship.
On Sunday mornings our youth gather at 9:30am to hear the scripture and lesson for the week, then will break into small groups for discussion. Our youth are split into three groups - 6th through 8th grade, 9th and 10th grade, and 11th and 12th grade. This separation allows for age-appropriate teaching and discussion. Each group has 3-4 adult leaders that engage our students in trying to relate God's Word to our lives in a relevant and meaningful way.
Our youth attend our 10:45am Sunday morning worship service, which is a blend of contemporary music and traditional hymns.
Most weeks our youth meet from 5pm - 7pm on Sunday evenings for a time of fellowship together. This is a time for them to simply enjoy being together. More often than not we stay at the church to play games and do various activities, but we also attend events in the community whenever possible.
9:30am Bible lesson
9:45am Small group discussion
Summer is a busy time for our students. Through a combination of mission projects, retreats and various just-for-fun activities our students enjoy significant time of learning and growing in their faith together. Summer plans are usually finalized in January so that family vacations etc. can be planned accordingly.
Safe Sanctuaries – an added level of safety
Children and student safety is a main concern at St. Luke’s. Here we have in place a risk reduction policy called Safe Sanctuaries. It provides an extra level of supervision using screened volunteers instructed in accepted practices that create a safer environment for childhood and youth development.