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Christian Education and faith formation are essential parts of our life together. As we learn, the Holy Spirit nurtures our faith, helps us grow in knowledge, and empowers us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We offer an adult education class Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Children's Church teaches children through 5th-grade about the lectionary lesson during the worship service. Confirmation is available for students in 6th-8th grades. It helps young people identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in the church's work in the world. Adult Education classes are geared toward specific topics; high school students are encouraged to attend the Adult Education courses. Classrooms are located in the basement.
St. Luke partnered with the Delaware-Maryland Synod and Vibrant Faith@Home in 2014-15. We created the TEAM program - a way of learning and growing in faith across all ages and stages. TEAM hosts regular cross-generational learning events from September through May.
St. Luke contributes to the Parkville-Hamilton neighborhoods in a variety of ways. We share with our neighbors through dinners, the community garden, and opening our building to community organizations.
Food Pantry: We host a food pantry from 10-10:45 a.m. second Wednesday of each month. Donations are always accepted (products must be within the printed expiration date). Suggested items include peanut butter; jelly; canned meat (tuna, ham, chicken); cereal; soups; canned fruits and vegetables; rice; pasta; and other non-perishable items. We also stock bath soaps; shampoo; laundry detergent; dish soap; toilet paper; and other hygienic products.
Ministry of Spiritual Companionship with Port Recovery: Our congregation partners with Port Recovery, a transitional housing program for people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. Spiritual Companionship mentors encourage and walk beside people during their path to recovery.
Twelve-Step Programs: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet weekly in the building. AA meetings are at 7 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lower Fellowship Hall. Weekly NA meetings are at 8 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday in the Lower Fellowship Hall.
Worship centers our life of faith. We are nurtured through God's word, water, bread, and prayer; then, we are sent into the world to share God's good news.
Sunday Worship is a traditional Lutheran worship service. We follow the Evangelical Lutheran Worship order of service and the St. Luke Sunday choir shares an anthem. We offer weekly communion and fellowship after the service. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. We offer a Healing Service during months with a fifth Sunday. You may come forward for a special, personal prayer and oil anointing.
Faith is a life-long journey we travel with other people. St. Luke has a diverse range of age-based or life-stage-based small groups where participants encourage, support, and challenge one another.
St. Luke Youth (SLY) is a group for middle and high school students. Students participate in a variety of activities, including Bible study; community service (Boxed Out - Lockout for Homelessness Awareness, serving meals at Helping Up Mission); trips to the National Youth Gathering; and hanging out together!
Summer Camps: We offer three summer camps for children and youth. Our camps are one part Christian Education, one part Community Outreach and one part Youth & Family Ministry. Music & Art Camp gives participants a basic introduction to music. They learn note-reading, playing simple rhythm instruments and singing. During the art component, students make connections between biblical stories and visual or word art. Music & Arts Camp is for students who have completed Kindergarten through 6th-grade. Vacation Bible School (VBS) introduces children to faith through games, dramatic story-telling, music and more. VBS is for participants age 4 through students who have completed 5th-grade. Service Camp gives participants an opportunity to earn service learning hours while volunteering in the community. Service Camp is for students who have completed 6th- through 8th-grades.