Sports Ministry: Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church provides sports opportunities in the parish, school and wider community, through church leagues, for Junior Kindergarten-Fourth grades. Our primary focus is to teach children the fundamentals of sports and competition, while fostering principles of leadership and integrity.
Watch this great Recreation and Wellness video highlighting these 2 great programs at GSL and peruse the January 2022 At-A-Glance and Recreation and Wellness brochure.
COVID-19 UPDATE: GRACE- ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SPORTS
Grace-St. Luke’s Church leadership team continues to monitor the ongoing developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in an effort to keep everyone safe and lower the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
Each person’s safety and well-being are our priorities and Grace-St. Luke’s leadership team will continue to monitor and update you with this health situation as it pertains to our sports programs.
***IMPORTANT- The PAA League REQUIRES facial coverings to be WORN by players WHEN HUDDLED in he dugout. They are NOT required while playing on the field.***
Dear Friends: On October 17, GSL kicked off the annual stewardship campaign to ask each parish household to participate in Every Member Canvass 2022 through a financial pledge by Sunday, November 21. Along with members and newcomers, members of the Staff and the Clergy also are making commitments. 100% pledge participation will make it possible for our RECREATIONAL AND WELLNESS programs, and the ministry we share to remain possible and even expand because of money. Every pledge amount is important and matters toward the whole of the church’s operating budget built on pledge income from you, me, and many others.
Please read the “Frequently Asked Questions – October 2021 | Why Giving Matters” resource at www.gracestlukes.org/pledge, where you also can make your pledge and be recognized by the Stewardship Team. I learned that several of you already have made a pledge and I know the team is grateful! Because the finance committee is working on the 2022 budget, I hope you’ll join this major community effort and make your commitment by Pledge Sunday, November 21. If I can answer questions about where our pledge dollars go, please contact me or Chapman Morrow, Membership & Stewardship Associate (firstname.lastname@example.org, 901-252-6328).
PRACTICES: Begin in March
SEASON: March 26-May 14 (6 game season)
-PRACTICES: are weekdays and weekends and typically 1-2 weekly, pre-season. Then will drop to one.
-GAMES: are Saturday morning and afternoons.
* Registration fills-up quickly, so please register sooner than later.
-CDC Guidelines will be in place.
-Social distancing and facial coverings are required.
-Facial coverings will likely be required of players during practices and games, and even during play. GSL will determine specific requirements based on its assessment of conditions and regulations as the season begins.
-Non-contact temperature checks will be administered to all players, coaches and referees as they enter the field.
-Home Health Self-Assessment is required for all prior to attending each practice and game.
-Game Rule Modifications due to Covid-19: Throw-ins will be replaced by free-kicks when the ball goes out of bounds (sidelines and goal line). Goalies will be the only players to touch the ball with their hands.
ESCRA JK-4TH GRADES SPRING SOCCER INFORMATION:
--For continuity, WHENEVER possible, the intent is to keep the ESCRA League spring soccer teams and coaches together from the PREVIOUS FALL SEASON. Because soccer is offered twice annually, this is the ONLY SPORT that teams will likely stay the same for ONE FULL CALENDAR YEAR. ALL other sports TEAMS WILL CHANGE FROM SEASON TO SEASON. The leagues we play in request balanced teams by age, grade and ability. Church Recreational sports leagues encourage players to be placed with different coaches (and players) from season to season, so we honor this. Thanks for supporting our mission!
*Efforts are made with GSL Coaches and Sports Leagues to accommodate multiple (overlapping) GSL Sports. Please refer to the GSL Church “Fairness Policy” (included on the online registrations and sports website) if you have any questions about practice attendance and game playing time.
Fairness Policy Link
*Some challenges with our Spring Soccer Program:
1. We won't have weekly GSL Field usage for practices, as it is utilized by the school for their baseball season; therefore, we will have practices during the week at Tobey Field and practice at the GSL field on the weekends.
The ESCRA League has PROMISED that they will make EVERY EFFORT to schedule GSL games within the Memphis City limits. One of the challenges during the spring season is that most available league game fields are located in East Memphis, Germantown, Cordova and Collierville.
2. We offer a Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Program and an Extended Basketball League (for 3rd & 4th grades only) that overlaps with this season. This creates some challenges with scheduling all sports practices and games. The impact of these programs will be regularly re-evaluated and we’ll make any adjustments as needed.
*Please refer to the 2021 Calendar tab on the sports webpage for all season dates.
ESCRA *Inclement Weather (Rain-Out) Information
Call 901.336.7246 at 8:00am on Saturdays for any Saturday game cancellations. - See more at: http://escrasports.org/sports/soccer/#sthash.nXWl7qBH.dpuf. For more information please contact Christi Authement at Cauthement@gracestlukes.org.