St. Luke’s youth are integrated into every aspect of our life together. They regularly lead worship, sing in the choir, hold positions of church leadership, play instruments in church, serve at the Sausage Supper, participate in missions or help out in the kitchen on a Sunday morning. In addition, we have several other programs designed specifically for youth.
Confirmation is a special rite for young people by which they confirm their baptismal vows and join as full members of the church. The Confirmation Class is open to youth in middle school and older. It is a two-year program that combines biblical study in a classroom setting, mentoring, worship participation and service. Once the youth are confirmed, they are considered full, adult members of the church.
Youth activities and events are organized throughout the year. Typical activities include a fall bonfire or farm outing, a December lock-in with other downtown churches that includes a service project preparing Christmas gift bags for the local jail, Christmas caroling to nursing homes, a January trip to a bowling alley or laser tag game, a spring service project such as yard work or church cleanup, and a summer trip to Holiday World.
Merom Camp and Conference Center is operated by the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ. St. Luke’s sends a group of campers to participate in the Faith Journeys camp every year. We believe church camp can be a transformative faith experience for young people, and an important opportunity to learn about Jesus and Christian life. For this reason, St. Luke’s has a commitment to paying for one-half of the camp fees for all of our children who wish to participate. Camp is open to children entering third grade and older.
St. Luke’s Scholarship Program
Through the gift of an anonymous church family, St. Luke’s is able to offer a unique and generous scholarship program to help our youth pay for a college education. The scholarships are non-competitive, and any youth with a 2.5 grade-point average in a two or four-year college who completed the Confirmation process and remained active in the life of St. Luke’s can receive a scholarship of up to $1000 per semester. We are incredibly proud of this program, and grateful to the family that has made it possible. We believe in supporting our youth for their future in faith and in the world