It’s August, which means parents’ minds are turning again to school supplies and sports schedules. While you’re busy making your family’s plans for the upcoming school year, I wanted to give you a heads up about an event happening next month.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wenatchee is hosting Back-To-Church Sunday, with tours of the building, introductions to its children’s program, and an ice cream social following the service. There will be games and crafts to keep the kids happy, while Mom and Dad get to know more about the church.

This is an event for everyone, but especially for people who maybe haven’t been to church in awhile, for whatever reason. It’s for folks who are looking for a church where their family can lay down roots and grow. And St. Luke’s is a special place. It is where my family attends church, and I have witnessed first-hand the warmth and welcome of its congregants. For school-aged children, the Montessori-based Sunday school program, called Godly Play, is a wonderful way to learn the stories of the bible. It’s a program that is rooted in the art of storytelling, and our teachers bring the Christian Faith alive with beautiful, thought provoking stories. They use props and wooden story creations. Children listen, wonder, and ask lots of questions, then practice telling the stories themselves. For more about the program, check out this YouTube video.

The building itself is gorgeous, somehow at once quaint and old-world awe-inspiring. It was constructed of sandstone nearly a century ago in a combination of Romanesque and Norman architectural styles. It looks as though it belongs in a small English village. There is nothing quite like it in this region.

If you have been looking for an alternative to hip mega-churches with big screens and bigger fundraising goals, and a return to warmth and tradition, I encourage you to attend St. Luke’s on Sept. 8, sit awhile and see what you think. St. Luke’s celebrates diversity, so if you’re looking for a church whose welcome knows absolutely no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, I invite you to get to know us. For more about the Episcopal Church, check out the St. Luke’s website.

Here is the schedule for Sept. 8:

9:30 am — TOUR CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS
10:00 am — REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICE
11:30 am — ICE CREAM, GAMES & CRAFTS ON THE LAWN

In our over-scheduled, over-stimulated world, St. Luke’s is a place of peace, reflection and unconditional welcome. Please join us!

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