… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. … Truly I tell you this, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.Matthew 25:35-37, 40
Ministry is not something just for the clergy. It is the work of all of us – the people of God. We all gather together Sunday mornings, but we also meet in smaller groups many other times during the week to do the work of the Church. We do these things not because of a sense of obligation, but because there we find joy and meaning and fellowship. The opportunities are many, whether it be ushering during the service, making baptismal banners, welcoming newcomers, or working with our youth. Our participation in these activities is an important part of living our faith and growing in our relationship with God.
St. Luke’s has always considered serving others to be an essential part of who we are as a church. In following Jesus’ words and example, we find fellowship with each other and with those we serve.
Our parish practices Outreach in two complementary ways: through direct, hands-on involvement of our members, and through financial support of selected programs and agencies both in Durham and throughout the world. Whether we are supporting veterans at the Maple Court community, making a casserole for Urban Ministries Community Cafe, or participating in one of our Outreach fundraisers, Outreach is an integral part of living our faith at St. Luke’s.
St. Luke’s groups and committees: you are eligible for funding for supplies for specific community outreach projects. Instructions are available here. An application form is being updated.
If you would like to help with any of our Outreach programs, or would like more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.