Lay Ministers Facilitate Worship

It takes a team of lay ministers to make the worship service happen. Some lay people serve on the altar as chalicists or crucifers. Others read lessons from the Bible or proclaim the Prayers of the People. Ushers greet the people and attend to the needs of the worshipers. Several people are involved in preparing the space for worship, from opening the doors, to making coffee after the service. Please let Lisa know at 302-629-7979 or if you would like to serve as part of the worship team.

The Way Home, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Georgetown, Delaware. Its mission is to free individuals from the cycle of crime and despair by providing them with holistic support after prison that generates hope, self-sufficiency and connection to the community. St. Luke's ECW provides full-sized toiletries, such as shampoo, body wash, shaving lotion, toothpaste and mouthwash.

​Stockley Center

The Pastoral Care Team works with the Pastor to minister to those in time of need. Our Pastor is not full time, and cannot be everywhere all the time. As a lay led parish, we take it upon ourselves to provide many pastoral care services. This include:

  • Visiting the sick
  • Staying in touch with phone calls
  • Driving people to doctor visits
  • Sending greeting cards
  • Delivering meals when needed
  • Calling the congregation when Sunday services have to be cancelled.
  • Notifying the Pastor for needs when only a Priest can provide

If you have a need, or know someone who has a need, Call Lisa in the church office at 302-629-7979.

​Church Periodical Club

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest. They prepare the altar for each service. This is an ancient calling, part of an unbroken tradition reaching back to the faithful women who provided for Jesus during his lifetime (Mark 15:40-41; Matthew 27:55). Joining the Altar Guild means learning many fascinating aspects of Church tradition, including the esoteric names for all the various vessels, vestments, linens and paraments used in worship. Contact Marty Mickles at 302-536-1348 or to get involved.

Each Christmas we fill shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world. Each shoebox gift becomes a tangible expression of God's love for a child in real need. Shoeboxes help ensure Operation Christmas Child’s continued presence in places that are hard to reach.

Lay Ministries

Living our Baptismal Covenant

The outreach ministries listed below are operated by St. Luke's ECW. The ECW meets at noon on the third Tuesday of September, November, February and May. For more information contact Janet Hubbard at 302-628-0417 or

​Pastoral Care Team

The Church Periodical Club is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide Ministry of the Printed Word and to the Promotion of Christian Mission. St. Luke's maintains a loose change collection jar in the narthex. Donations placed in the jar go to support the mission of CPC.

The Stockley Center provides habilitative training, health care, family services, and residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. St. Luke's ECW provides travel-sized toiletries, such as shampoo, body wash, shaving lotion, toothpaste and mouthwash.

The Way Home

​Code Purple

St. Luke's works with Love INC of Mid-Delmarva to provide shelter to homeless people during cold weather. Code Purple operates from December 1 through March 15 each year. People needing shelter register during the day when they need shelter. They then go to Community Resource and Occupational Service Station (CROSS) at King and Popular Streets during the evening for a take-away meal. They are then transported to one of several churches in Western Sussex for overnight shelter. Code Purple provides cots and bedding, and the churches provide a warm and safe place to sleep. St. Luke's provides our Parish House as a safe haven for men, and women go to Grace Church for overnight shelter.

To volunteer or to find a shelter, call the Code Purple hotline at 302-519-0024.

Coffee Alert! We always need volunteers to host the coffee hour each Sunday following the service. Kay Truitt keeps the schedule and she is always looking for a few good hosts and hostesses. It's not hard. Just bring something simple to nibble on and make the coffee and cold drinks. Check the schedule above or call Linda at 302-448-5326 or to volunteer.

The Food Closet is a cooperative Christ-centered ministry..."Providing emergency food relief to individuals and families encountering hardship the greater Seaford, DE area." St. Luke's is one of several churches that provide regular donations to the Food Closet.
The second Sunday of each month, St. Luke's parishioners bring donations of peanut butter, beef stew, mac and cheese, and other staples to church. These are transported to the Food Closet at St. John's UMC for distribution to those in need.

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.

​Samaritan's Purse

​Seaford Community Food Closet

​United Thank Offering

Episcopal Church Women

Lay ministry is at the heart of St. Luke's. We are each called by God to be ministers of the Gospel and proclaim the Good News of Christ. We rely on lay ministers to carry out much of the work of the church.