Children and Youth

A VIBRANT PLACE FOR FAITH, FUN, AND FRIENDSHIP.

From the innovative, children and youth Sunday School curriculum to a vibrant sports league to scouting troops to youth choirs, Grace-St. Luke's offers our young parishioners numerous opportunities to lay a strong faith foundation, strengthen community, and build friendships.

And we warmly welcome neighbors and other community members to join in... many of the youth involved in the programs you see here do not belong to our parish. 

So take a look at all the opportunities for children and youth at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

We hope you find one that can connect your child to others in fun and faith.

Life at GSL: Winter-Spring 2022 Guide of Worship, Christian Formation, Connecting & More

Follow the links below for more information.

Children. Join the Children’sFormation Facebook page. If you are interested in participating in GSL children's formation activities, please email Mary Shea Quach.

Youth.
If you are interested in participating in GSL youth formation activities, please email Amzie Williams.

Spring 2022
Mary Shea Quach, Director of Children’s Formation

Lenten Devotionals. During the Lenten season, children and families are invited to share in a devotional at home. The devotional we have chosen for this year is called “Breaking the Chains” from The Salt Project and is an interactive, engaging way to build a daily practice of Scripture reading and prayerful reflection with your family. 
If you and your family would like to participate in this take-home devotional, please email Mary Shea (msquach@gracestlukes.org) to receive the supplies needed.


Godly Play. As we move into the season of Lent, we are reminded to slow down and get ready for what is to come with Easter. What better way to do this than through Godly Play? Godly Play resumed during Children’s Formation on Sunday, February 27th and will continue through Palm Sunday on April 10th. We will tell the stories of Jesus’ life and how they ultimately lead to the cross and the resurrection. Godly Play invites the children to slow down, listen to a story, and work reflectively on that story. Godly Play is for children Pre-K through 3rd grade and is during the Formation Hour from 9:30-10:15. 


Weaving God’s Promises. While Pre-K through 3rd grade shifts to Godly Play during Lent, the 4th and 5th graders will begin a new curriculum. Weaving God’s Promises is an Episcopal curriculum that focuses on how God’s promises to us are “inextricably woven into our lives.” The three foundational aspects of this curriculum are Holy Scripture, The Church (focusing on the Episcopal tradition), and Christian Living. We will begin Weaving God’s Promises during Lent for 4th and 5th grade, but will continue to offer this curriculum throughout the year for all grade levels. 


Easter. The annual Easter Egg Hunt returns! During the Formation Hour (9:30-10:15) on Easter Sunday, April 17th, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for all children outdoors around the church campus. Meet in Trezevant Hall and we will send the children out by age group to their designated areas to hunt for eggs! Bring a bag or basket to collect your eggs. After the hunt is over, children and families are invited to return to Trezevant for Easter crafts and activities!


Mary Shea Quach
Director of Children’s Formation
901-252-6321 | msquach@gracestlukes.org

Spring and Beyond
Amzie Williams, Director of Youth Formation

The mission of the Grace-St. Luke’s youth community is to prepare our youth to confidently navigate the world, “...equipped with a loving foundation of our Episcopal values and community, and ensuring all know that God loves them, no exceptions.” Together we seek to uplift, empower, and celebrate the dignity of every human being, all while having a darn good time.

Sunday Youth Formation in The Red Room, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday Formation is drawing upon multiple sources this year to create a living curriculum that adapts to the liturgical season, current events, and needs of our youth community. Meet with Amzie Williams, Maxie Sanson, and Mary Gara Nix for group discussions and crafts using MyFaithLens and Illustrated Ministry. Here we seek to further our understanding and appreciation of our spiritual history, while using it to navigate our lives today. 

EYC – Sunday Evenings, HS 4-5 p.m. and MS 5-6 p.m.
Our Episcopal Youth Community continues to gather on Sunday evenings. Currently we are following the GSL School’s procedures and protocol for COVID-19. This year, our goal is to increase our community engagement opportunities. Last year, we focused on coming together as a youth community to safely uplift each other through COVID-19. This year, we are seeking to continue to do so, while sharing our time and talents with our Memphis community. Our lead EYC assistant this year is junior Rhodes student Maxie Sanson. Our location may change depending on what our activity is; email Amzie Williams to be added to our weekly newsletter.

Diocesan Compline and Conversation, March 27 & April 24
This summer we enjoyed making friends from Episcopal churches all over Memphis during our Serve 901 Day Camp, and we want to keep that going! Organized by GSL and Holy Communion, and hosted by St. Mary’s Cathedral, since last fall we have gathered once a month with youth from across our Diocese. We have enjoyed getting-to-know-you games, shared meals, and 
Compline with music to close the evening. This event is open to all youth in grades 6-12 and lasts from 6-7 p.m. 

Confirmation 2022
Confirmation is going strong at GSL! We are very proud of our 2022 class and invite you to be a part of their celebration on May 22 for the Rt. Rev. Phobe A. Roaf’s visit during the 10:30 service.

The Alchemist, March 9, 16, 23 & 30, 5-6 p.m. Explore the mysteries of life and the desert with this classic. Join us for 4 weeks of Lenten readings and practices focused on self-care and spiritual discernment. 

Narnia, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 5-6 p.m. Venture through the wardrobe and discover the rich spiritual world of Narnia, 4 weeks of Tea with Tumnas, Christmas with beavers, and the theology of C.S. Lewis. 

Summer 2022
GSL travels to New Orleans for a community engagement experience in the Big Easy! We plan to explore the rich history of New Orleans, partner with local non-profits, visit the Whitney Plantation, explore Audubon Park, the World War II Museum, and sample some amazing food. Follow the link to learn more & register forms.gle/EVYTs6tPwPmgft.

Amzie Williams
Director of Youth Formation
901-252-6326
awilliams@gracestlukes.org