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.
St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory
Loss of a Spouse/Partner: This special two-hour 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 be offered in person on Sunday, January 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 210. Registration is required so that we have enough workbooks and refreshments for everyone. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.
Click here to view a short video about Loss of a Spouse.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Ministry
Next Meeting: This support group meets online. Our next meeting is Thursday, December 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
- 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 afterward. Dark professional attire is 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. or the 11:15 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary or Founder’s Hall. 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 messages, 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 email@example.com or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.
Care Call Team – Volunteers Needed!
Caregivers Support Group – Next Meeting Sunday, January 14
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, January 14 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. Click here to sign up. We hope you will join us.
Care Visitation Team – Now Recruiting Additional Volunteers
Photo taken at Commissioning Service in November 2021
Now Recruiting Additional Care Visitation Team Volunteers!
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 one to two 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 partners (members) for at least one year 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 4 – 6 hours per month. In-depth CVT training will be provided by St. Luke’s. 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.
Click here to complete an online application. Upon receiving your application, you will be contacted for a meeting time of discernment with other Care ministry leaders.
Next Cooking Date: Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 11. Volunteers must register beforehand. We have the capacity for ten volunteers including the leadership team.
Click here to sign up for the January 11 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.
- 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, 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. Stephen Ministers are not pastors or counselors. They cannot provide counsel or advice but will walk alongside you during life’s storms such as job loss, divorce/separation, grief, relocation, etc., and offer loving care, prayers, and support. Women are matched with female Stephen Ministers and men are matched with male Stephen Ministers.
St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center
Grief Support – New Groups Starting in January & February
GriefShare Weekly Support Meetings
GriefShare consists of weekly support group meetings designed to help you rebuild your life after the death of a loved one. Our groups are led by caring lay members who have experienced intense grief themselves. GriefShare helps with all kinds of losses – loss of a child, parent, sibling, spouse/partner, other family member, or friend. 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 discussions (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 options to attend GriefShare in January and February 2024. We offer a daytime in-person class and an online evening class. Please see the options below.
- Tuesday morning in-person class runs from Tuesday, January 30 through Tuesday, April 30. Class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in The Barnes Learning Center (second floor of Founder’s Hall adjacent to Building C), Room 210. There is no class on March 26 during Holy Week. Click here to register for the Tuesday morning GriefShare Class. Please ensure you also register on GriefShare’s website for this class and purchase the workbook during the registration process. They will mail it to your home.
- Thursday evening online class runs from Thursday, February 1 through Thursday, May 2. The class meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. There is no class on March 28 due to Holy Week. Click here to register for the Thursday evening GriefShare Class. Please ensure you also register on GriefShare’s website for this class and purchase the workbook during the registration process. They will mail it to your home.
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 are 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 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 supports 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
- 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 – Volunteers Needed!
Looking for a new way to serve while meeting fellow congregants? Here’s your chance! Volunteer with St. Luke’s Transportation Ministry and help St. Lukers get to and from appointments on your schedule. Proof of insurance and background checks are required. Interested in getting involved? Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email 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.
- Memory care – Navigating memory care options in Florida is often an overwhelming task for families. Please check out these free helpful Memory Care Guides courtesy of MemoryCare.com:
Local Care Groups
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 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Building C, Room 207.
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.
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 celebrates the joys
- Leads persons to resources appropriate to their needs
- Creates and maintains 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.