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.
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 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:
If you have a need, or know someone who has a need, Call Lisa in the church office at 302-629-7979.
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 Food Closet is a cooperative Christ-centered ministry..."Providing emergency food relief to individuals and families encountering hardship ...in 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.
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.
The schedule for these ministries are available by clicking the buttons below. Please let Lisa know at 302-629-7979 or email@example.com if you cannot serve as scheduled.
Coffee Alert! We always need volunteers to host the coffee hour each Sunday following the service. Linda Robinson 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 302-956-0383 or Linda.Robinson9@comcast.net to volunteer.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
St. Luke's works with Love INC of Mid-Delmarva to provide shelter to homeless people during cold weather. Whenever the overnight temperature or wind chill is forecast to drop below 32, Code Purple is activated. People needing shelter can then go to the Community Resource and Occupational Service Station (CROSS) at King and Popular Streets for a hot meal. After dinner they are 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 one of those safe havens.
To volunteer or to find a shelter, call the Code Purple hotline at 302-519-0024.
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 Peggy at 536-1449 or PeggyMBoyd@comcast.net.