Pastoral Ministries

Receptions and Covered Dish Meals

This dedicated group organizes our receptions and covered dish meals for some of our major parish events. Anyone is welcome to join in on the fun of preparing these for special events.

Newcomers Committee

The Newcomers Committee at St. Luke’s seeks to greet and welcome all guests and visitors to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. We also provide welcome materials and information to those who are new to St. Luke’s. The committee hosts two luncheons each year for newcomers to get to know clergy and leaders of key ministries.

Lay Pastoral Visitors

The members of our Pastoral Care Team, working with our clergy, offer regular support and friendship to parishioners who are homebound, in failing health, or living through stressful times of great transition.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Several St. Luke’s parishioners are licensed by the Bishop to take communion from the previously consecrated reserve sacrament to those who are unable to attend Sunday services.

Healing Ministry

The Healing Ministry team is a group of parishioners who faithfully offer prayers for health in body, mind, and spirit, in the small side chapel behind the pulpit during the distribution of communion. They are also available to offer personal prayers throughout the week.

Meals in Times of Emergency

In response to the needs of parishioners such as illnesses, meals are arranged and provided by other members of their church family to help during their recovery.

Chrismons

We share our faith by creating Chrismons* which are symbols of the life and ministry of Jesus. As we gather in the workshop we support one another in our life in Christ.

* Chrismons (CHRISt MONgram) are symbols that proclaim the Name, the Life,and the saving Acts of Jesus Christ. These visual symbols help us to grow in our faith and follow Jesus. All our Chrismons are made by hand, in combinations of white and gold. White refers to our Lord’s purity and perfection; gold for His majesty and glory.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you knit or crochet?  Do you want to learn? Do you have yarn that you would like to donate?  St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry could use your help. Prayer Shawls are given to people who are ill, recovering from an illness, or grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to prayer shawls, we also make chemo caps for the Duke Blood Cancer Center and are hoping to start making scarves for the homeless. We do our knitting at home and meet once a month in the Kramer Room to knit/crochet and enjoy each other’s company. However, it is not necessary to attend the meetings to participate.  If you are interested, please contact the Parish Administrator for more information. 

Worship Ministries

Acolytes

Acolytes assist in the worship service by carrying the cross and torches in procession, and by serving at the preparation of the altar for the Eucharist.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a large group of parishioners who serve on rotating teams to prepare the altar for celebrations of the Eucharist.  Among other things, work includes the changing of seasonal hangings, maintaining supplies used in worship, and cleaning up after the service.

Baptismal Banners

Welcoming a new member into Christ’s church is always a joyous occasion. To celebrate the occasion, each person baptised at St. Luke’s receives a banner created just for them by a talented crafter in the congregation. Newly baptised members process around the Worship Space behind their banners as we welcome them to the household of God. They then return with their banners when we celebrate All Saints Day, to remind us of everyone we’ve welcomed in the past.

Eucharistic Ministers (Chalice Bearers)

Chalice Bearers serve the cup of wine during communion. Please speak to the clergy if you are interested in being a chalice bearer.

Lay Readers and Intercessors

Lay readers read the two lessons from Scripture during the service, and intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Please speak to the clergy if you are interested in serving in either of these roles.

Singers and Musicians

St. Luke’s has opportunites to participate in providing music for formation and worship at all ages and stages. Read more about Musikgarten, St. Cecilia Choir, Adult Choir, and instrumental music for worship on our Music page.

Ushers/Greeters/Vergers

Ushers hand out Sunday bulletins and assist parishioners in finding seats. Greeters welcome newcomers and regular parishioners alike. Both ushers and greeters answer questions, and provide directions and information. The vergers for each service confirms that scheduled lay participants are present and acts as a “stage manager”, allowing the clergy and lay participants to focus on the service itself.

Wedding Committee

The Wedding Committee provides guidance to couples seeking to hold their wedding at St. Luke’s. The mission of St. Luke’s Wedding Committee is to help couples coordinate the details of their wedding day within the tenets of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church while supporting their dreams for a perfect beginning to their marriage.  The Chairperson of the wedding committee meets with one or both members of the couple to plan the areas of the Church they will use, to determine the altar covers, vestments and accoutrements, and to review guidelines regarding photography, floral arrangements, decorations and other considerations of their ceremony. The Wedding Committee coordinates the timing of the ceremony and the setup for Eucharist and other wedding accoutrements with the Altar Guild. The Committee provides direction during the rehearsal, and during the ceremony cues the wedding procession and signals the organist for music changes. The Committee also ensures that the ceremony is not disrupted by late arrivals and attends to last minute details as necessary to make each wedding as worry-free as possible.