The youth program at St. Luke’s is organized around a program of spiritual formation called Journey to Adulthood (J2A), which has three cohorts: Club 56 for 5th-6th graders; Rite 13 for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders; and J2A for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Each group meets regularly Sunday mornings (following the 10 a.m. worship service) for discussion, learning activities, service projects, and sometimes just plain fun.
Our youth attend many different schools and come from many backgrounds. There are times for fellowship and learning when all the kids come together, but youth group 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 Mexico, the southwest, and Alaska. 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 youth 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.
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.