The youth are invited to Episcopal Youth Community (EYC), which meets Sunday mornings and other times for discussion, learning activities, service projects, and sometimes just plain fun.
The diversity of our youth mirrors the diversity of our congregation. EYC members attend many different schools and come from many backgrounds. There are times for fellowship and learning when all the kids come together, but EYC begins with 6th graders and goes through 12th grades, and that is a huge range in terms of development and needs.With that in mind, we offer subgroups by age: Rite 13, Journey2Adulthood and YEA.
A highlight of the EYC experience at St. Luke’s is the youth pilgrimage and mission trip to places such as the Southwest, Alaska and Appalachia. Our youth are also introduced to our diocesan youth program and retreats, where they come together with youth from all over Atlanta and North Georgia to explore, learn and serve others.
The EYC experience culminates in Senior Sunday, where all parish high school graduates are honored and one person is selected to give the sermon, and a Senior Dinner.
Rather than compete with large, non-denominational youth programs, which often offer a cookie-cutter approach to faith, St. Luke’s is committed to celebrating the uniqueness of each child in our midst, listening and being a holy presence in their lives, and doing our best to helping them seek a spiritual journey to serve their Baptismal vows.
All staff and volunteers involved in our youth programs are required to complete the “Safeguarding Our Children” training.