Youth & Children’s Ministries

The Reading Lutheran Parish and its congregations recognize the importance of reaching the children of Reading, Pa. Several of our congregations offer after-school ministries to provide healthy meals, help with school work and give them a safe place to go. Here are our active youth and children’s ministries:

Hope’s Hangout

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Wednesdays | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesdays during the school year, Hope Lutheran Church at Front and Greenwich Streets hosts Hope’s Hangout, a safe place for elementary aged children to gather for food and fun after school. Hope’s Hangout is open to all children in grades 1-6.


Hope Lutheran Church
Summer Tuesdays | 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Making A Difference Helping People Everyday, or MAD HOPE, is a summer youth work program with Bible Study, service projects, enrichment activities and vocational training.

Dove’s Nest

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school year, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church’s Dove’s Nest provides a welcoming, safe place for school age children. Homework help, organized crafts, games and a daily meal are part of the Dove’s Nest’s daily activities.

Tutoring Club

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Children from 16th and Haak Elementary School are invited for tutoring Wednesdays at St. Paul.

Grow in Grace Tutoring Program

Grace Lutheran Church
Tuesdays, October-May

Program open to first graders from 10th & Penn and Amanda Stout Elementary schools. Children receive homework & reading help, a healthy snack and fun. This program is affiliated with the United Way’s “Ready Set Read” program.