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

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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.


Life Events

GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse/Partner

This special two-hour free program is designed to help those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner no matter how long ago the loss occurred. Learn how to process your grief and face the future with hope. This free program will take place virtually on Zoom on Sunday, August 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required. Participants will receive a personal workbook to accompany this program. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information. Our weekly GriefShare support group meetings start on August 17 and 18 online and will continue through mid-November. We offer daytime and evening meetings. Click here to learn more and to enroll in a weekly support group.

 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.

St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory

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. on Zoom to share ideas, concerns, success stories, challenges and fellowship. A trained facilitator will offer a brief topical lesson each month. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email if you have additional questions. 

Next Meeting: This support group will continue meeting online during this season of COVID-19. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Care office for the Zoom meeting link and password.     

Care Ministries Volunteer Opportunities

St. Luke’s Care Ministries has immediate service opportunities in the following areas:
  • Prayer Follow Up Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to follow up with St. Lukers regarding  previously submitted prayer requests so the prayer team may continue to pray for them. You may call or email from the comfort of your home. Training provided.
  • Funeral Hosts: Volunteers are needed for funeral/memorial services. Tasks include directing people to the worship venue, restrooms, seats, reception area, assisting with floral arrangement arrivals, help setting up the Narthex area, passing out bulletins, opening doors and greeting guests as they arrive and tidying up afterwards. Dark professional attire recommended.
  • Baptism Hosts: Volunteer to assist families baptizing their infants/small children on the third Sunday of the month at the 9:30 a.m. contemporary worship or the 9:30 a.m. traditional worship service. Duties include greeting the families upon arrival, directing them to their reserved seats, pointing out the restroom facilities and family room in the back of each worship venue. Volunteers will also assist with taking a family baptism photo after the service.
  • Holiday Greeting Card Writers: Volunteers are needed to help write 12 – 14 holiday greeting cards at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. St. Luke’s provides the cards, addresses, inspirational message and postage. You may write the cards from the comfort of your home and drop them in the mail in time for the holiday!
  • Veterans Greeting Card Writers: Join this fun group on campus to share fellowship and write cards to veterans residing at the Orlando VA Community Living Center four times a year.
  • Drivers: Volunteers are needed to drive St. Lukers to their doctor’s appointments/medical treatments, grocery store, pharmacy, library, etc. Drivers also drop off Caring Kitchen meals when requested at St. Lukers’ homes. Meet new friends by helping someone get to where they need to be. Must have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance and pass a background check.

If you are interested in serving in any of the areas listed above, please email care@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

Care Call Team

St. Luke’s Care Call Team follows up each week with people who have been attending worship regularly and then stop attending for a few weeks. Volunteers email, text or call to check in and offer care and prayers if needed. They help make our large church feel more like a small church family. Volunteers serve from the comfort of their homes and normally reach out to four – six people per week. Training and scripts are provided. If you are interested in serving with this ministry, contact Antony Larry at 407.876.4991 ext. 265.

Caregivers Support Group – Next Meeting Sunday, September 11

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 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and join  Care Ministry lay leaders online for candid conversations where you can share your questions, 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.  Click here to register for our September meeting. We hope you will join us.

Care Visitation Team

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 who 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.

Photo taken at Commissioning Service in November 2021

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 will meet next on Thursday, August 4. Volunteers must register beforehand. We can only allow a total of ten volunteers along with the leadership team at this time. 

Click here to sign up for the August 4 and September 1 meeting.

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.

Stephen Ministers

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 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.

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 as well as in-person sessions. For more information contact call 407.876.8237.

Grief Support – Fall GriefShare Registration is Now Open

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.

St. Luke’s offers two meeting days/times for the fall cycle beginning in mid-August. These meetings are virtual offered via Zoom. Attend our sessions from the safety, privacy and comfort of your home. Select a morning or evening option.

Meet weekly for 14 consecutive weeks. Our fall cycle includes a special GriefShare program entitled “Surviving the Holidays.” Participants will purchase their workbooks directly from GriefShare. There is a $20.00 fee plus shipping and handling for the workbook. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.

Fall Online Meetings Schedule:

Below are our daytime and evening offerings:

  • Register for the Wednesday morning class (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Cycle runs August 17 – November 16.
  • Register for the Thursday evening class (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Cycle runs August 18 through November 17.

Hearts to Hands Ministry

Please join us in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. or continue to knit or crochet items for Hearts to Hands from 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 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center (second floor of Founder’s Hall/Building C) in Room 210. Share fellowship while knitting/crocheting with friends. Contact the Care office at care@st.lukes.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

Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Team meets weekly online via Zoom to pray over all prayer requests. 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
  • Prays on Wednesday mornings for those on the prayer list, Connection Cards, and submitted prayer requests throughout the week

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. 265 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.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources for support and care in the Orlando area. Email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

  • 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.

Local Care Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

IMPORTANT: Please follow all safety and health guidelines set by St. Luke’s when meeting on campus. 

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 holding Friday morning meetings and Sunday evening meetings on campus. Please ensure you follow all safety and health guidelines set by St. Luke’s. Email or call 407.896.4929 for information. 

Al-Anon meetings take place Fridays 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.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

IMPORTANT: NAMI support groups are meeting on campus. Click here or call 1-800-273-8255 for more information regarding support groups. Attendees are required to 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 Building B, 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 in Building B, Room 204 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about NAMI, click here.

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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