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Our St. Luke’s Care Ministries provide love and support during the joys and trials of life through group programs and individual ministries. Below you can find support or volunteer to assist others with the support that they need.
Pastors, staff, and the Prayer Team pray for all prayer requests submitted weekly from online Connection Cards, website and personal prayer requests.
If you are facing a challenge and need assistance, 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.
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 routine on Sunday, September 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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. If you haven’t been able to attend our meetings recently, we’d love to see you again. Registration to open soon. We hope you will join us.
St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory
Parenting Solo Support Group
For additional details about this “Life Together” group, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Ministry
Next Meeting: This support group will continue meeting online during this season of COVID-19. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Care office for the Zoom meeting link and password.
- 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
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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 2021. 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.
Next Cooking Date: No meeting in July. Caring Kitchen will meet on Thursday, August 5. Volunteers must register beforehand. We can only have a total of eight volunteers along with the leadership team at this time.
Click here to sign up for the August 5 and September 2 cooking dates.
If you know a St. Luker who would benefit from a crockpot meal during this time, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center
Grief Support Ministry
GriefShare Weekly Support Meetings
GriefShare consists of weekly support group meetings designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our groups are 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. 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.
Information regarding our fall schedule will be posted by mid-June. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more details.
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 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. upstairs in the Attic of Building C. Wear a face mask while social distancing and knitting/crocheting with friends. Contact the Care office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more info.
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
- 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
- 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.
- Divorce support – DivorceCare is a 13-week support group designed for people who are currently separated or divorced. Click here to locate a church that is currently offering DivorceCare.
- Respite care for parents of children with special needs – Buddy Break 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. Buddy Break is offered in partnership with local churches and Nathanial’s Hope. Click here for central Florida locations for your child or to volunteer as a Buddy.
- Cancer support – If you or someone you know needs assistance in finding a local cancer support group, contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 regarding available support groups in the community.
- In-Home care – Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information and recommendations regarding in-home health care.
Volunteer Opportunities within Care Ministries
- 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.
Local Care Groups
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 meetings take place Fridays on Zoom and Sundays on campus. 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 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 C, Room 206.
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 in Building C, Room 208 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 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.