“Children are a gift from the Lord” Psalm 127:3
We are in ministry with children – learning, discovering, worshiping, serving and most important growing together in our understanding of what it means to be a disciple.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
To view details about upcoming events look for the next edition of the Children’s Ministries Chalkboard for the Winter of 2017.
Camp All Year Round at Warren Willis and Life Enrichment Center
The camping ministry of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has a long tradition of Christ centered camping experiences that transform the lives of young people. This ministry has centered around the Warren W. Willis Camp facilities in Fruitland Park. Learn more at warrenwilliscamp.org. St. Luke’s Week will be June 25-30.
ST. LUKE’S SUMMER CAMPS
We grow disciples at summer camps at St. Luke’s!
St. Luke’s Summer Camps
Summer Camps Registration
Can it be that time again! Time to start planning the summer activities for the children. We want St. Luke’s to be your spot for safe and fun summer camps. This year there will be a wide variety of camps to choose from. Start marking your calendars now!
Theater camp-Singing In the Rain
3rd-8th Grade, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with an afternoon extended day option, June 4-8 and June 11-15
Vacation Bible School
Preschool-Rising 6th grade, 7th grade and up can volunteer 9:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an afternoon extended day option, June 18-22
Pre K and rising Kindergarten, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with an afternoon extended day option, July 9-13 and July 16-20
Elementary Age Full-Day Camp
1st grade-rising 6th grade, 7th grade and up can volunteer 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a morning extended day option, July 9-13 and July 16-20 and July 23-27Registration for camps will begin February 26 for adults who can volunteer. General registration will open March 12.
Sunday Programming for Infant to 4th Grade
Sunday School: Specific age classrooms for the Sunday School hour at 9:30 will kick off on September 10, 2o17. There is programming for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There is Worship Enrichment for elementary aged children at 11:00. Children join parents in Traditional or Contemporary worship services, and leave with Children’s Ministries staff for their own age-appropriate sermon. Our children will be following the scope and sequence from the Deep Blue curriculum for the Sunday School year. This year it will follow Samuel, David, and Solomon in the Fall. The Winter lessons will be the Christmas story, and Jesus’ miracles. In the Spring, we will learn about the Easter story and Paul’s travels. Please check in on line at a kiosk each Sunday before going to your child’s classroom. If you are not in the database for on line check in, stop by the Welcome Window in Building B for more information.
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“Merge” 5th & 6th Grade Sunday Programming
Merge is overseen by our Middle School Youth Ministries designed specifically for 5th and 6th graders to grow faithfully in fellowship with one another, to become spiritually grounded in order to face the turbulent years ahead, and to move from hearing the Word of God to living the Word of God. It serves as the crossover between Children’s Ministries to Youth Ministries.
We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the Attic. No registration required.
God-O-Sea Sunday Programming ~Special Needs
At St. Luke’s UMC we want to share God’s love with everyone reaching each child in a way they can learn best. All children are welcome at St. Luke’s UMC. If your child has a special need, please contact Director of Children Ministries, Janet Chambers at 407.876.4991, ext. *308. We would like to accommodate your child in the best way possible.
While many individuals with special needs are able to attend the Sunday school class of their choice, we realize that some individuals need an environment designed to best meet their needs. We offer a small one on one Special Needs Sunday Programming class from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Sunday’s of each month. Melanie Cave is our Lead Servant Minister and is trained and dedicated to meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of individuals with special needs and their families.
St. Luke’s U for Children!
On Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Kindergarten through 5th graders will have an opportunity for small group discussion that follows the sermon series. We will work on our dreams and visions for the church in the Fall. Dream Big! Sign in begins in Building A, Room 201. Children in 1st-5th grade can join Children’s Choir after from 4:30-5:30.
For more information on this program contact Janet Chambers or call 407.876.4991 ext. *308.
Children will have the opportunity to connect and care for each other through small groups. Groups will rotate so children have the opportunity to connect with each other and learn about decision making and problem solving skills through every day topics.
Sign-in will be in Gym of Building C starting at 6:15 p.m. Pick up will be in Building A Room A201 at 8:15 p.m.
For infants and preschoolers – Child Enrichment is offered in Building A Room 110. Please make reservations for your child. Click here to be directed to our Childcare Reservation page.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
St. Luke’s Family Ministries seeks to draw the Body of Believers together in ways to pass on the story of God, build relationships and deepen unity across generations.
Watch for E-updates and announcements in the Worship Guide for special events, like Family Camp Out, Movie Nights, and Family Mission Opportunities. For more information on Family Ministries contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children Worship Bags
Children’s Worship Bags are available for our Traditional Services and can be found on the coat tree as your enter the Sanctuary. The Worship Bags are labeled for Early Elementary and Upper Elementary age children. In each bag are age appropriate children’s books, sketch pads and colored pencils, and other fun items. Please help us to continue to provide this helpful resource for each worship service by making sure that all items, with the exception of coloring/activity sheets your child may have used, are returned nicely to the bag at the end of the service and placed back on the coat tree when leaving.
The Child Development Center (CDC)
The Child Development Center offers two different programs: the Parent’s Day out and the Pre-School Classes. Both programs follow the Orange County Public School calendar.
Throughout the school year Children’s Ministries works in cooperation with our Child Development Center to help preschool age children become mission minded. Children participate in hands-on activities that teach serving within the home, the church, the community, and the world. Children take home activities that the family can participate in serving together. Each week during the school year, Children’s Ministries provides the spiritual formation component of the early childhood curriculum. Scripture is incorporated into the themes that are part of the curriculum, and lessons are presented in an interactive style. Families are invited to Chapel during special times of the year. For more information contact Debbie Shellhorn or phone 407.876.4991 *269.
St. Luke’s offers Children’s Choir and WeeSingers for children. Click Here for more information
St. Luke’s Sports
St. Luke’s Sports program offers Basketball (winter), Cheerleading (winter), and Soccer (fall) for all ages four through seventh grade. Registration begins several months before the sports begin. Click here for more information
Moms Connection Cluster Group
Moms Connection is a place where mothers can come and experience:
- authentic community & support
- personal growth
- practical help
- spiritual hope