St. Luke's United Methodist Church


8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


Care Ministries

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 call Pastor Jad Denmark, Minister of Care, at 407.876.4991 ext. 229.

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.

Care Visitation Team Volunteers Needed! 

Are you looking for a tangible way to provide care and support for others? Have you been a member of St. Luke’s for at least three years? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you. Join St. Luke’s Care Visitation Team (CVT). CVTs are called to be a supportive, loving and healing presence in the lives of others. They are committed to St. Luke’s, being members for at least three years and are active in worship and discipleship, deepening their faith in Jesus Christ. This volunteer role will partner with clergy to visit St. Lukers in hospitals, rehab/nursing home facilities and also visit those who are confined to their own homes. The time commitment will involve 2 – 4 hours per week. Click here to learn more about this important volunteer role and to complete an online application. In-depth CVT training will be provided by St. Luke’s once all volunteers are on board. At these sessions you will learn the important role of a Care Visitation Team volunteer. You will also receive training in the ministry of presence and training in working in a hospital/rehab/nursing home facility. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

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

Life Events


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


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.


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

St. Luker, Judy Arndt, passed away on Sunday, November 4. Judy was part of St. Luke’s writing team creating devotionals for the congregation and she taught Disciple classes for many years. Judy’s memorial service will take place on Friday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. A reception will follow afterwards in the Santos Welcome Hall.

Celebration of Life

 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

Single and Parenting Support Group – NEW CYCLE STARTING JANUARY 9!


Single & Parenting was launched at the end of 2018 and is a support group designed to offer practical help and encouragement for virtually all single parents: divorced, separated, widowed, and never married. This support group is led by trained and caring St. Lukers who are or have been single parents themselves. The curriculum covers the struggles that are unique to single parents.

The winter/spring cycle starts Wednesday, January 9 and will run 13 weeks through April 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Building C, Room 201/203 (No class on Ash Wednesday, March 6.) Plan to join us for Wednesday night dinner beforehand for a nominal charge if your schedule permits. Childcare and youth programming are available while parents attend the support group.

Attendees are welcome to join the sessions at any point during the 13-week cycle. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), and personal study exercises that help with the application of the concepts taught. Each session is “self-contained,” so meetings do not have to be attended in sequence. There is a $20.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of your personal workbook. Click here to register. For additional details, email or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

Watch a preview of how Single & Parenting is designed to help.

Divorce Recovery Ministry –  NEW CYCLE JUST STARTED NOVEMBER 6!

  • Provides support to anyone at any stage of divorce
  • Helps the individual/family understand the stages and challenges of divorce

DivorceCare is a support group for people who are separating or divorced.  DivorceCare sessions are led by trained and caring St. Luke’s lay people who have experienced the pain and heartache of divorce themselves.  St. Luke’s offers these sessions at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. The YMCA offers free childcare during the sessions with prior registration. The current cycle of DivorceCare runs from Tuesday, November 6 through Tuesday, February 19. No class on November 20, December 25 or January 1. Meet in the Dr. Phillips YMCA Conference Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here to view an informational flyer.

Attendees are welcome to join the sessions at any point. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce weekly session topics. Each session is “self-contained,” so meetings do not have to be attended in sequence. There is a $15.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of your personal workbook. Please pay at your first session. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext.262 for more 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 204/206 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:  Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 204. Childcare is now available for these meetings for children up to 10 years old. You must enroll your child at least five days in advance. Click here to request childcare. 

IMPORTANT NEWS: The Adults/Soon-to-be Adults support group has moved to another venue and no longer meets at St. Luke’s.

Cancer Support Ministry

St. Luke’s has a cancer support ministry for individuals and families affected by cancer. We host monthly group support meetings on the second Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This support group is open to all cancer fighters, survivors, caregivers, spouses, partners and loved ones of all faiths in the community. Our cancer support ministry is led by lay individuals who are cancer survivors and cancer caregivers themselves. Meetings will include a sharing time and presentations on topics of interest related to the key challenges associated with cancer. We look forward to building relationships and providing spiritual and emotional support for all. Please share the news about this Care ministry with anyone who may be impacted by cancer.

Next Meeting: Meet Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Building C Attic. Click here to register for this meeting.

Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

Meeting Dates for 2018

  • December 13

Card Ministries

  • Sends cards to those hospitalized and to bereaved families
  • Sends holiday greeting cards to new members, military, and shut-ins
  • Veterans’ writing group gathers to share fellowship and write holiday greeting cards to veterans in Orlando

Care Visitation Team – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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. 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.

Click here to learn more about a Care Visitation Team volunteer and apply online.

Caring Kitchen

The Caring Kitchen meets the first Thursday of the month in the kitchen of Building C from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 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. No experience required – just a compassionate heart and a passion for cooking and caring! Next Cooking Date: Caring Kitchen will resume again on Thursday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C Kitchen. See you then!

Registration for 2019 cooking dates will open soon!

If you know a St. Luker who would appreciate a crockpot ready meal, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

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. For more information contact call 407.876.8237.

Grief Recovery Ministry – Winter/Spring 2019 Registration Now Open!

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. GriefShare is a network of 12,000+ churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce weekly session topics.

To learn more about GriefShare click here to view a short video.

Weekly meetings take place in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C. There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00 to enroll. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.

Winter/Spring 2019 Class Schedule:

St. Luke’s will offer three options to attend GriefShare in January and February.  We will offer a morning and evening class starting in January and a morning class that will start at the end of February. Please see options below.

  • Wednesday morning class starts on Wednesday, January 16 and runs through Wednesday, April 10. Class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Click here to register for the Wednesday morning GriefShare Class.
  • Thursday evening class starts on Thursday, January 17 and runs through Thursday, April 11. Class meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Thursday evening GriefShare Class.
  • Thursday morning class starts on Thursday, February 28 and runs through Thursday, May 30. No class on Thursday, April 18 due to Holy Week. Class meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Thursday morning GriefShare Class.

Hearts to Hands Ministry

  • 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 or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more info.
  • Monthly meetings are held at 7:00 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
  • Is dedicated to making the church campus and programs safe and accessible to all

Prayer Ministry

  • 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

  • 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 12,000 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.

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.

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.
  • Greeting Card Coordinator: A volunteer is needed to organize and coordinate the writing and sending of cards throughout the year. Cards are sent to shut-ins, stateside and deployed military and new members for four holidays. Volunteer will disperse cards to a team of inspirational writers and ensure cards are completed and sent on time. Cards and postage are provided by the church.
If you can service in any of the areas listed above please email or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

Local Care Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

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. Please note:  Most of the AA meetings take place in Building A in the Multi-Purpose Room which is located on the first floor in the back of the building. A few meetings take place in Building B or in the Barnes Learning Center as noted on the calendar.


Al-Anon meetings take place Tuesdays through Fridays as well as Sundays too. 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

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)

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 Building B, upstairs in Room 202.

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 Building B, upstairs in Room 204. 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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