Spiritual Growth
and Formation

Worship

Question. Learn. Explore.

Spiritual Growth and Spiritual Formation are central to our lives, both as individuals and as members of a faith community. The Episcopal Church has a deep respect for reason, personal decision-making, science, and scholarship, all grounded in the Anglican Tripod of scripture, tradition, and reason. While formation is important for our youngest members, we are all called to be lifelong learners. The goal of spiritual formation is to empower all people to live out their faith in real and concrete ways. We believe there is no such thing as a bad question. Wherever you might be on your spiritual journey, we welcome you to join us and take advantage of the opportunities here at St. Luke’s. Come and grow with us.

Newcomers Classes

We offer Newcomers Classes twice a year - one in the fall and one in the spring. These classes are taught by Cathedral clergy and provide newcomers a chance to meet each other and the clergy, ask questions and learn about St. Luke’s and the Episcopal Church. These classes are held on Sundays at 9 am in person.

For more information, please contact the parish office

Nursery & Childcare

St. Luke’s nursery is available during our 10 am service on Sundays. All visitors and parishioners are welcome to bring their children ages six months through kindergarten. 

For more information, email Sarah Dowling.

Sunday School

Sunday School is offered every Sunday at 10 am in person and via Zoom. This educational program is designed for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. We follow the Godly Play curriculum, which engages the children’s imagination and teaches them Bible stories.

For more information, email Sarah Dowling.

Youth Programs (6th-12th Grades)

  • Acolytes: We have a healthy pool of youth acolytes who readily engage in our 10 am worship and occasional special services. 
  • Faith Confirmation is held during our Bishop’s visit. For more information on the confirmation, contact the parish office
  • We have a variety of youth gatherings, including game night, outdoor and indoor activities, volunteering, and more. For more information, contact the parish office.  
  • Portland Ecumenical Youth Group is a collaborative youth group that includes teens from HopeGateway, State Street Church, Williston-Immanuel United Church, and Woodfords Church. For more information on this community youth group, please email Daniel Katyl.
  • Diocesan Youth Events and activities are offered all year long. Learn more.
  • Camp Bishopswood is the diocesan summer camp located in Hope, Maine. May St. Luke's families send their children there.

Young Adult (20 and 30-Year-Olds)

Our young adults meet on the second Monday of each month for various social engagements. This group is open to diocesan young adults. In addition, smaller groups are created among the individuals around shared interests. For more information, please contact the parish office

Adult Education

We have a variety of adult programs throughout the year, some depending on the liturgical season, and some start when interest arises. Adult education programs include book groups, study groups, newcomers classes, etc. For more information, please view our events page or contact the parish office

Theological Study Group

The Theological Study Group was formed in September of 2021 to serve the overall purpose in assisting participants in discovering the joy of God. This search is facilitated by a careful reading of the Tanakh,
the Hebrew Bible.

We are supplanted in our research by reading and writing papers where interested, by learning to read Hebrew, and by analyzing portions of scripture central to the meaning of the Jewish faith. Everyone’s questions and comments are invited at sessions, there are assigned readings, assigned book readings, and occasionally work that can be done at home.

All are welcome and questions are invited. For more information, call the Rev. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250.