Dear St. Lukers,
In the midst of moving offices this week I found a box full of old pictures from St. Luke’s Children’s Ministry. I believe the oldest dated back 22 years!
In them, I saw the Fellowship Hall (now the Youth Center) covered with giraffes and elephants from VBS. I smiled looking at Pentecost symbols upstairs in Building A. I even had to ask where on campus a couple of pictures were taken because all I saw was grass. I was informed that this was where our CDC playground and Founder's Hall now sit.
I saw faces I recognized, and many I did not. Seasons come and go. Old spaces become new, and the story of what God is doing with St. Luke’s Children’s Ministry continues. Which is why The Treehouse is so exciting. What once was a worship space, then a youth space, then an adult space, is now a creative kids space for our 1st – 5th graders.
Over a year ago, we started dreaming about what our kids and families needed. I was asked to dream about the next 5-10 years and imagine a place where my own kids would belong. I started to imagine a space where kids felt excited to come back to – a place where all are welcome to grow, serve, and share their story. A space where leaders are passionate about growing alongside kids and becoming a trusted person in their families’ lives. A place of fun, faith, and friends where kids know they are seen, valued, and known among their church family. It took hours and hours, a group of dedicated volunteers, and a vision board to bring what was once The Attic in Building C to a new reality.
Since the opening on August 14, over 100 kids have...