Help Afghan Refugees

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is partnering with The Central District of the United Methodist Church of Indiana, Second Presbyterian Church, and Team Rubicon to donate NEW clothing, hygiene items and raise funds for our new neighbors: Afghan refugee families who are temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury. 

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Students

We partner with parents to raise tweens, teens, and college-aged students to create safe spaces where students can grow in an inclusive environment, be transformed by Jesus, engage in meaningful faith-forming relationships, serve as change-agents in their communities, and develop into spiritual leaders.

Middle School: Sundays at 9:30 & 11AM
High School: Days/Times Vary

Middle School (5th-8th Grade)

 

Middle School Small Groups

Small Groups - Sundays at 9:30 & 11AM

Small Groups are the most important part of our ministry because they are the place where students build relationships with one another as they seek out a relationship with God. Middle School Small Groups take place on Sundays in the Lodge at 9:30 & 11AM. Students gather together for games, worship, and announcements then break into grades for teaching, and small groups.  

7th Grade Confirmation

Confirmation is a major milestone in the faith journey of a student and is about helping students make two commitments: a commitment to following Christ with their whole heart, and the commitment to uphold St. Luke's as a member of the church. All 7th graders go through Confirmation during our Sunday morning programming as a way to deepen the connections they made with their small groups during 5th and 6th grades.

Sign up for Confirmation using our Small Group Link if you are in 7th grade. If you are in 8th grade or older, a 6-week class will be offered in January – contact Heather for more information.

High School (9th - 12th Grade)

 

Small Groups

Small Groups - Times Vary 

Small Groups are the most important part of our ministry because they are the place where students build relationships with one another as they seek out a relationship with God. High School Small Groups take place on a student’s “own time, own turf.” Since High Schoolers have a schedule that needs more flexibility, our small groups happen at different times throughout the week.  

Sunday Morning Worship

One of our greatest values is that students will go to church services, and won’t substitute youth group or small groups for the opportunity to worship with their church family. High Schoolers go to worship each week, gathering in the Hub (located inside door 15) before and/or after services to grab a waffle and see their friends. Students can then attend worship with their families or in one of our student sections in their preferred service. 

FAQs and Resources

Every student is required to fill out a Medical Release Form before attending a small group, event, or activity. Please fill it out here.

At St. Luke’s, we believe in an intentional faith map for kids birth through college-aged. Our STEPS Curriculum and programming are designed to move our students through age-appropriate lessons. Here’s a quick outline.

5th-6th Grade – Foundations: We rotate through the Old & New Testament to provide a meta-narrative of the Bible to our preteens.

7th Grade – Confirmation: We talk about where our faith comes from and give students a chance to make a profession of faith in God and membership at St. Luke’s.

8th Grade – Spiritual Gifts: Students respond to their vow of membership by learning about the unique gifts they have to give to the church and beyond.

9th-10th Grade – Spiritual Practices: We talk about key spiritual practices to help students personalize their faith in a real way.

11th-12th Grade – Spiritual Roots: Students are invited to participate in workshops that help prepare them for college and beyond.

Yes. As one of the few open, inclusive, affirming churches in Indianapolis, your student will be met with love and acceptance no matter how they identify. Jesus calls us to love and respect, and we will model that to every single individual who walks through our doors. We respect every student’s pronouns, have both gendered and non-gendered group options, etc. We even have an LGTBQ+ High School Small Group! 

St. Luke’s is committed to working with families to ensure individuals of all ability levels feel supported and encouraged to grow in their faith. We have a buddy program for trained volunteers to partner with children who may benefit from extra support on Sunday mornings. We also have a small group for families raising children with special needs. This group meets once per month for meaningful discussions or fun outings. Childcare is always provided. Reach out to Crystal Hensley if you are interested in more information about the small group, receiving support for your child with our buddy program, or volunteering as a buddy! Crystal Hensley can also be contacted to communicate any special requests or accommodations to church programming. 

Safe Sanctuaries is a required certification to work directly with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. This consists of a full screening process, including a Federal Background Check, Training, & supervision by staff. You may view our policy by clicking here. If you’d like to get certified, please contact Heather Kenison, Director of Student Ministries.

We offer plenty of opportunities to pay for retreats, mission trips, & activities by offering fundraising that puts money into Fundraising Accounts. These Fundraising Accounts bank through graduation and can be used any time to pay for any activity through our Student Ministry. There are two key fundraising opportunities in October & January. Contact Jada Price for more information or to check the balance of your Fundraising Account. 

Middle & High School Events

Middle & High School Staff

Volunteer with our Youth

Want to lead a small group? Think Invite Nights sound fun? Want to chaperone a trip? Get in touch!