Youth Faith Formation
St. Luke’s Church nurtures the faith formation of young people with offerings that are joy-filled, creative, and engaging. At every step, our goal is to support our children and youth as they navigate the challenges of school, culture, sports, and growing up. From youth group to choir, and from Sunday morning classes to the Dominican Republic mission trip; we hope these programs will provide opportunities for our young people to grow and mature, make lasting friendships, and experience God’s presence in their lives in new ways.
Registration for the youth programs occurs in early September and continues throughout the traditional school year time frame. Classes for pre-K through grade 3 children are scheduled during our 10:15am worship service, with students joining the congregation mid-service for the Eucharist. Students in grades 4 and up have classes from 9:30am to 10:10am, participating in the full worship service thereafter. Nursery care is available during all Sunday services.
Our Youth Faith Formation program is headed by The Rev. Dante A. Tavolaro, Associate Rector, and Theresa Muscat Dieters, our Godly Play Coordinator. Together, they plan for, recruit and support volunteers who serve as teachers and story tellers or assist with youth program activities as needed.
The Rev. Dante A. Tavolaro, Associate Rector
Theresa Deiters Muscat, Godly Play Coordinator
Nursery Care is available during both the 7:45 am and 10:15 am Sunday services throughout the year. The primary nursery care provider is on staff, but volunteer assistants are needed on an occasional or regular basis.
Godly Play, Pre-K through Grade 5
A Montessori-based approach to teaching the Bible, Godly Play begins each class with storytelling and invites children to respond to the faith stories through a variety of creative arts and activities.
Children in grades 4-5 meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10:15am, and children in PreK-3 meet on Sunday mornings beginning at 10:15am.
Corporate Communion Classes
Here at St. Luke’s all people are welcome to join in the celebration of the Eucharist. Therefore, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, there is no First Communion Celebration in the Episcopal Church. However we do believe that it is important to be intentional in teaching young people about the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Corporate Communion class is this program. Every spring, children in 3rd grade are invited to participate in a special class that helps to teach them about the Eucharist. This 4 week course culminates in a Corporate Communion celebration on a designated Sunday during our 10:15am service.
Youth Faith Formation Grades 6-8
This program assists young people as they begin to take the first steps of independence from their families into their own lives and emerging adulthood. During this program, the community acknowledges and celebrates the amazing and creative power and potential of these young people. It is our hope that this will be a safe space for young people to explore new ideas and begin to form their own faith identity. This class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10:10am.
Middle School Youth Group, Grades 6-8
Young people in middle school (grades 6-8) are encouraged to join our youth group led by our Associate Rector, Fr. Dante. This group generally meets on the second Friday and fourth Sunday of each month. Their time together balances community building, fun, community service, and formation events. It is intended to compliment the Youth Faith Formation 6-8th grade class that meets on Sunday mornings.
Youth Faith Formation Grades 9-11
This program helps to foster an understanding for the importance of Christian community. In addition to practicing skills necessary for adulthood (active listening, negotiating, partnership, leadership) young people in this class learn new ways of reading Scripture, new ways of praying, and continued efforts of community building. This class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10:10am.
Confirmation Program, Grades 9-11
In the Episcopal Church, confirmation is a time when young people are invited to explore their faith, learn about the Episcopal Church, and confirm their commitment to a lifelong journey of faith. The confirmation program at St. Luke’s is a two year program. Students begin in 9th or 10th grade, and then are confirmed the following year as 10th and 11th graders. This course is led by the clergy of the parish and traditionally meets in the evenings once a week during the Spring Semester of the Academic year.
As part of their continued transition into adulthood, and their preparations to graduate and head to college, we invite all 12th graders to meet with a member of the clergy and discern a ministry they want to take on as their own. Some seniors decided to teach Sunday School, other get more involved in the music program or our outreach ministries. The hope is that each 12th grader will find something they are passionate about and begin to make their transition into life as a Young Adult in Church.
For more information about
Youth Faith Formation – Contact: The Rev. Dante A. Tavolaro – Email: Dante@stlukeseg.org
Nursery Care – Contact: Karen Phelps, Contact: Parish Office at email@example.com
Godly Play – Contact Theresa Deiters Muscat – Email: Theresa@stlukeseg.org
Confirmation – Contact The Rev. Timothy T. Rich – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acolytes, Grades 5 & Up
Acolytes are young people, 5th grade or older, who are trained to assist at the altar during worship services. New acolytes participate in a training session and then shadow veteran acolytes before they assume full responsibilities. Service protocol refreshers are provided each fall as new and veteran acolytes gather for a pizza party and prepare for the upcoming church year. Each year, the acolytes are recognized during a worship service in the fall along with acknowledgement of Senior Acolytes and their leadership in mentoring and modeling acolyte roles and practices.
Dr. Charlie Cronin
The Angel Choir, Grades K- 2
These young choristers sing once a month at the 10:15am service, and participate in other special events. Children learn the basic language of music, including beginning note reading, singing and rhythm instruments. This is a perfect place to introduce your child to music! Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 4:15pm to 4:45pm.
Rodney Ayers, Minister of Music
The St. Cecilia Choir, Grades 3-12
In addition to learning singing and music skills, choristers gain knowledge of liturgy and church history. The choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. This choir also participates in Evensongs, festivals and field trips. Rehearsal is on Friday from 4pm to 6pm.
Rodney Ayers, Minister of Music
Safe Church Statement
All clergy, employees, and volunteers at St. Luke’s Church are required to undergo Safe Church Training through the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Safe Church Training is a required certification program for clergy, lay ministers, employees and those who volunteer in programs for children and youth. This training is also recommended for all vestry members and lay people in leadership positions. The program is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being. The clergy and vestries of each individual church are responsible for oversight of their parishioners and staff who need to take the training. Contact Fr. Dante Tavolaro, Associate Rector, or Christina Imondi, Parish Administrator, regarding any questions about training.