Spirtual Life

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

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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

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Sunday School is offered every Sunday at 10 am in person.  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.

 The Young and the Restless (20 and 30-Year-Olds)

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The Young and the Restless is St. Luke’s 20s-30s-year-old ministry. They are an active group at the cathedral which also gets together outside of the church.

Join them for a variety of activities such as  hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoying each other’s company!

If you are new to to the group or want to join, they welcome you! A weekly meeting takes place each Tuesday at Maine Beer Company in Freeport, 6-8 PM for Trivia.

Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however trivia is a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the group if you’re joining for the first time.

Contact Shana Rose to stay up to date with group activities and information.

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 contact the parish office

The Biblical Study Group

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The Biblical 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.

 

Luke's Garden LGBTQIA+ Group

“We are St. Luke’s family and friends dedicated to supporting, building, and protecting LGBTQ+ community in the Greater Portland area. We offer a non- judgemental space to discuss and celebrate how religion and queerness interact in our daily lives. All religions, ages, and identities welcome.”

This is the mission statement for Luke’s Garden, the LGBTQ+ group at St. Luke’ Cathedral. As stated above, we are a group dedicated to understanding the intersection between our spiritual lives and sexual or gender identities.

Luke's Garden began in May of 2023, and now has around 30 members.

The group has also presented educational slideshows about the basics of gender and sexual identities along with some of the history of prominent people, places, and symbols in the LGBTQ+ community.

In the coming years Luke’s Garden looks to expand their presence and opportunities for education and activism throughout Greater Portland. It is their hope this will be accomplished through getting in contact with other LGBTQ+ groups in the area, advertising through the Diocese as well as through local media, and reaching out to guest speakers and LGBTQ+ educators to assist us in teaching group members about their unique stories.

To learn more about Luke's Garden, contact Orion Williams