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4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
407.876.4991

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Care Ministries

Our St. Luke’s Care Ministries provide love and support during the joys and trials of life through group programs and individual ministries. Listed here are the ministries where you can find support or volunteer to assist others with the support that they need.

If you are facing a challenge, have any questions, or want to serve as a volunteer, please contact Kim Paredes, Director of Care Ministries, at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

In case of an emergency involving the death of a loved one or a hospitalization, call the Church office at 407.876.4991 ext. 316 so a pastor can support you through this time.

Prayer Request and Lists

Thank you for your help in updating our prayer lists. If you or your loved one wish to be put back on the prayer lists, please email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 and we will gladly update the lists.

Please note that pastors, staff, and the Prayer Team pray for all prayer requests submitted weekly from the Connection Cards, website and personal prayer requests.

Click here to submit a Prayer Request Online

Coping with Caregiving – Loving Support for Caregivers

Caring for a spouse, parent, or child with a long-term illness, special needs or age-related issues brings stress and unforeseen challenges to our lives. St. Luke’s invites you to attend a safe space for you to share your concerns, challenges and blessings with others who are experiencing similar situations. Take a small break from your grueling routine on Sunday, October 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and join Pastor David Stephens and Care Ministry lay leaders online for candid conversations where you can share your struggles and blessings when caring for a loved one. Registration is required for this free virtual meeting. Click here to register and obtain Zoom meeting link. We hope you’ll join us!

Life Events

 Hospitalizations

  • In case of an immediate need involving the death of a loved one or a hospitalization, call 407.876.4991 ext. 316.

 Births

St. Luke’s wants to celebrate your baby’s birth and welcome them to our church family. We can provide you with helpful information regarding childcare during worship, baptism classes/dates, and meal assistance for the family upon arriving home from the hospital. Notify the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 of a new birth.

 Weddings

Click here to learn more about Weddings at St. Luke’s.

Pictures of the Sanctuary

Please know that these pictures were taken during Easter and the banners would not normally be hung in the Sanctuary, however also know that during certain Christian seasons the Sanctuary will be decorated with decorations that may not be able to be removed for the ceremony.

Sanctuary Stage
Sanctuary Stage – facing West

Choir Loft
Choir Loft, facing South

Back of Sanctuary
Aisle leading to Back of Sanctuary, facing East

Stage Left of Sanctuary
Sanctuary toward Memorial Garden, facing North

Learn about our “Before You Wed” couple’s class offered at the Community Counseling Center.

 Deaths and Funerals/Memorial Services

At this time there are currently no funerals/memorial services to announce.

 Church Member Assistance

Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 to discuss any member assistance needs.

St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory

 Parenting Solo Support Group

During this time of social distancing we still want to connect with you. Contact the Care office to learn how to continue with this support group online.

Parenting Solo is a support group designed to provide helpful tools, education, encouragement and fellowship for single parents. The support group is led by trained and caring St. Lukers who are or have been single parents themselves. St. Luke’s offers a different curriculum each fall and spring to support single parents in their daily lives and the many responsibilities they have.

Parenting Solo is taking a break during the fall and hopes to be able to meet in person for the spring cycle. For additional details about this support group, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

Divorce Recovery Ministry

DivorceCare is a weekly support group designed for people who are currently separated or divorced. If you are not separated or divorced but are contemplating separation/divorce, please contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for assistance.

At this time St. Luke’s is not offering DivorceCare on campus or virtually. To locate a church that is currently offering DivorceCare, click here. Please email or call the Care office for additional information.

Buddy Break

BuddyBreak is a free respite care program for children with special needs ages 3 years – 16 years and their siblings ages 4 years through fifth grade. It is offered in partnership with local churches and Nathanial’s Hope. At this time there are no Buddy Breaks scheduled for St. Luke’s in 2019. Please click here for other central Florida locations for your child or to volunteer as a Buddy.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Ministry

St. Luke’s is excited to offer a support group for parents of children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We invite you  to join this helpful support group on the second Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 206 to share ideas, concerns, success stories, challenges and fellowship. A trained facilitator from UCF CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) will offer a brief topical lesson each month. Prior registration is required. Click here to register. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email if you have additional questions. 

Next Meeting: This support group has transitioned online for October. Our next meeting is Thursday, November 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please contact the Care office for the online meeting link and password.  Click here to register your child for childcare for a future meeting when we re-open. Childcare is available for children age 10 or less.   

Cancer Support Team

St. Luke’s cancer support group is transitioning into a cancer support team in order to provide a support network for individuals and families affected by cancer. Individuals will be paired with a team member who provides spiritual/emotional support and connection with the Care office. During the next few months, our cancer support group will not meet in order to dedicate planning time to the transition.

If you or someone you know has cancer or is a cancer caregiver and would like to have support from a team member, please contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email.

Card Ministries

Sends cards to those hospitalized and to bereaved families

  • Sends holiday greeting cards three times a year to those 80+, new members, military, and shut-ins
  • Veterans’ writing group gathers to share fellowship and write holiday greeting cards four times a year to veterans in Orlando

Care Visitation Team

During this time of COVID-19, our Care Visitation Team volunteers are connecting with people who are hospitalized or in rehab/nursing home facilities via phone each week to check on them and to offer prayers.

St. Luke’s Care Visitation Team (CVT) is comprised of trained lay members who provide follow-up care in partnership with St. Luke’s pastors to provide compassion, encouragement, and support for church families during illness, hospitalizations, and/or long-term care. We will open recruitment of new Care Visitation Team volunteers in the summer of 2020. Know a St. Luker that can no longer come to church but wants to remain connected? Contact the Care office to schedule a visit with one of our Care Visitation Team members.

Caring Kitchen

The Caring Kitchen meets the first Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) in the kitchen of Building C from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Share fellowship with others and help make healthy frozen crockpot ready meals for St. Lukers who are recovering from surgery, dealing with a chronic illness, going through cancer/other treatments, have a new baby, etc. Adults and children age 12+ are welcome. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a sharp knife and an apron if you have them. No experience required – just a compassionate heart and a passion for cooking and caring!

Next Cooking Date: Caring Kitchen meets next on Thursday, November 5. Volunteers must sign up by using the link below.  We can only have a total of six volunteers along with the leadership team due to social distancing guidelines.

If you know a St. Luker who would benefit from a crockpot meal during this time of social distancing, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

Click here to register for November 5 date

St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center

The St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center offers one on one counseling sessions to accommodate most schedules and budgets. Counseling is provided by Licensed Mental Health Counselors and support groups may be available. Click here to learn more about St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center and to download a brochure or make an appointment. Tele-therapy sessions are available during this time of social distancing. For more information contact call 407.876.8237.

Grief Recovery Ministry

GriefShare consists of weekly support group meetings designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring lay members who have experienced intense grief themselves. You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will see your group as an “oasis” on your long journey from mourning to joy. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the U.S., Canada, and in over 10 other countries. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), and personal study exercises that reinforce weekly session topics.

Click here to view a short video about GriefShare.

St. Luke’s will offer two classes in the fall beginning on August 20 (an evening class) and September 2 (a morning class).

Classes meet weekly for 14 weeks. There is a one-time registration fee of $15.00 to enroll. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.

Fall 2020 Class Schedule:

Registration is currently open. Below are our offerings:

  • Register for the Thursday evening class (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Cycle runs August 20 through November 19. There is still time to join.
  • Register for the Wednesday morning class (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Cycle runs September 2 – December 9. No class on November 25 (Thanksgiving week).

Hearts to Hands Ministry

During this time of social distancing, please continue to knit or crochet items for Hearts to Hands in the comfort of your home.

  • Knits and crochets prayer shawls, newborn and preemie hats and blankets, and prayer squares.
  • You don’t have to be experienced in knitting or crocheting, just have a willingness to learn and an eagerness to create. Free classes offered on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Building C, Room 200. Contact the Care office at care@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more info.
  • Monthly meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in Building C Room 200/202 to collect, bless and distribute completed items.

In Home Care Ministry

  • Provides care and support for families and individuals in crisis
  • Provides meals and transportation as requested through a team of volunteers

Opening Doors Ministry (Special Needs)

  • Promotes opportunities for full participation in worship and programs for persons with special needs
  • Provides sensory friendly accommodations at church-wide and community special events
  • Connects with and support area ministries and organizations which serve persons of all ages with disabilities and their families
  • Works to make the church campus and programs safe and accessible to all
  • For more information email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262

Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Team is meeting online during this time of social distancing. Contact the Care office with any questions or prayers. 

  • Prays in the chapel on Sundays between and during worship services
  • Receives prayer requests submitted on the church website (see form below)
  • Prays in the chapel on Wednesday mornings for those on the prayer list, Connection Cards, and submitted prayer requests

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are available to provide one-on-one Christian care during this time of social distancing via online platforms. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 to request a Stephen Minister. 

  • Are children of God who walk beside a hurting person
  • Are caring Christians who really listen and provide confidential one on one support
  • Helps meet the needs of those who are facing illness, loneliness, bereavement, job or spiritual crisis, etc.
  • Serves communion
  • Receives extensive training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

Stephen Ministry is an international lay caring ministry used by more than 13,000 congregations worldwide. Click here to learn more about Stephen Ministry. If you are in need of a Stephen minister, you may mark your Connection card on Sunday, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 to be confidentially matched with a caring Christian listener. Women are matched with female Stephen Ministers and men are matched with male Stephen Ministers.

Transportation Ministry

Do you need a ride to a doctor’s appointment, medical treatment, grocery store, pharmacy, etc.? Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email to arrange for a transportation volunteer to take you free of charge. Please give us five to seven days notice so that we may find a driver.

Volunteer Opportunities within Care Ministries

St. Luke’s Care Ministries has immediate service opportunities in the following areas:
  • Administrative Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to follow up via phone with those sick, hospitalized or recovering at home. May also assist in data entry, mailings, copying and other administrative duties. Training provided.
If you can service in any of the areas listed above please email connect@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

Local Care Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

IMPORTANT: AA is now meeting back on campus. Please ensure you complete a Health Declaration Form when attending a meeting and follow all safety and health guidelines set by St. Luke’s. 

St. Luke’s is host to the Dr. Phillips Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group. A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. Click here and select the “month tab” at the right hand top of the page to learn the days, times, and meeting rooms for AA meetings at St. Luke’s.

Al-Anon

IMPORTANT: Al-Anon is now holding meetings on campus. Please ensure you complete a Health Declaration Form when attending a meeting and follow all safety and health guidelines set by St. Luke’s. Email or call 407.896.4929 for information. 

Al-Anon meetings take place Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Click here and select the “month tab” at the right hand top of the page to learn meeting days, times, and locations on campus.

Overeaters Anonymous

IMPORTANT: OA will resume meetings on campus once St. Luke’s re-opens. Click here to find an online meeting during this time of social distancing.

Overeaters Anonymous provides guidance and support to anyone facing problems with food — compulsive overeating, under-eating, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or over-exercising. This support group meets weekly on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Building B Room 202. To learn more about Overeaters Anonymous, click here.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

IMPORTANT: NAMI support groups will resume meetings on campus beginning September 22. Click here or call 1-800-273-8255 for more information regarding support groups. All attendees must complete a Health Declaration Form when attending a meeting and follow all safety and health guidelines set by St. Luke’s.  

NAMI’s Connection Support Group meetings follow NAMI’s Connection model and are open to adults 18 years of age and older living with a mental illness. There is no cost to attend meetings. Meetings are drop-in and confidential; you do not need to make a reservation or call ahead unless you need more information. Meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary in the Transept area.

NAMI’s Family Support Groups are open to family members, caregivers or friends of people living with a mental illness. Meetings are drop-in and confidential; you do not need to make a reservation or call ahead unless you need more information. Meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Founder’s Hall, adjacent to Building C. To learn more about NAMI, click here.

Connect and Care Mission Statement

As we affirm faith in God through our ministries, we claim a sacred place where Christ’s love unites us with compassion and the caring of others.

In order to make the love of Christ a real presence in the life of each person we reach within our faith community, our ministries:

  • Extends support during the trials of life and celebrate the joys
  • Leads persons to resources appropriate to their needs
  • Creates and maintain innovative programs to minister spiritually, emotionally, and physically
  • Encourages all to explore and maximize their individual spiritual gifts for the work of the church and to the glory of God.
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