Grow

St. Luke’s is a great place to get connected and build relationships. We have opportunities for those interested in studying together, for those who yearn for fellowship and laughter, and for those who like to dig a little deeper into the word. Find a group that peaks your interest, and get involved by contacting us.

Welcome Group

You are always welcome at St. Lukes’s, regardless of your religious or spiritual background, your doubts, your questions, your past life, or anything else about you. Just come. We are a community that strives to embody and practice the reconciling love of Jesus Christ in our care for one another. If you’re new, we’d love to get you connected, and answer any questions you might have. Please contact us and someone will reach out to you!

Study, Formation & Worship

Bible Study

Weekly Wednesday Morning Bible Study begins at 10:30 a.m. and is now online.  This is an opportunity to intentionally read and study the Bible in order to enhance our knowledge and reflection communally. Click here to get access to the meeting information for this online gathering.

Faith Forum

Sunday Forum is held on Sunday mornings from September through May.  This is a time for parishioners to gather and discuss issues regarding faith, the church and our community. Click here to get access to the meeting information for this online gathering.

Classes Offered Through EPCM-Episcopal Church of Minnesota

Practices, pacing, purpose – all of these are at the heart of what is offered in the courses and workshops of the School for Formation. And perhaps in community in your congregation or in one of our courses you might find some new courage to say hello to darkness. As you look at the months ahead, these resources are available to you.

Communion

Our Communion service looks a little different these days, due to the pandemic and keeping people safe. Each Wednesday at seven p.m., join us outdoors around the fire pit for a unique celebration of the spoken Eucharist. In calm and quiet, we read scripture, hold silence for meditation, then break bread together. 

As we follow outdoor Covid regulations, with a maximum group of 25, reservations are required. Please contact us to make your reservation. Masks and a 6-foot distance between family units are required.  The building will remain closed. Please bring your own chair. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be rescheduled.  

Labyrinth Walk

Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. As you enter St. Luke’s Labyrinth on the east side of our building, quiet your mind, then walk slowly while focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. Click here for a guide to walking a labyrinth.

Choir

Choir will not begin until it is deemed safe. Worshipping through music touches something deep within us and changes us from a  spectator to a participant.  Worshipping through music adds another dimension to our spiritual growth. As we lift our voices, we may experience memories long buried, intense emotion, moments of great joy, and open new lines of communication with our Creator and Spirit.

The  Choir at St. Luke’s welcomes all, from people who have always wanted to sing but never took the chance,  to people who have sung for years. Besides finding new paths to joy through song, we have a lot of fellowship and play times. We  sing  from  September through May, for special feasts and special events.  Newcomers at all levels are always welcome. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sundays before the service for those who cannot make Thursday. Contact us for more information or to join.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a ministry of “quiet service”. It’s behind the scenes, handling holy things with reverence, in order to make any service special and beautiful for all worshippers. They instill a spirit of prayer that floats out of the sacristy to the congregation.  All are welcome to belong to this important ministry of spiritual growth.  Contact us if you would like to be part of the guild.

Acolyte

Acolytes can be children or adults and although they may not be noticed, their ministry is vital. They have many duties in helping the service to flow smoothly, such as lighting the candles, carrying the vessels, holding the Gospel book, assisting at baptisms and other special services and so much more. Acolyting is a way for your child to become an active participant in the service while at the same time, experiencing spiritual growth and the beauty of worship in an entirely different way than someone who is simply part of the congregation. Contact us if you or your child would like to be an acolyte. Families may acolyte together. 

Children’s Faith Formation

The Worship Center

The Worship Center is a special environment where young children can meet and worship God. They have their own experiences where their faith can be nurtured and where they can be prepared to join in the full life of the congregation. Activities are developed around the order of worship: assemble in God’s name; proclaim God’s Word; give thanks to God; go in God’s name.  This special environment uses careful telling of scripture stories, engaging story figures and a variety of creative activities to encourage children to seek and find their own answers to their faith questions. If you have any questions about the nursery or are interested in volunteering for this important ministry, please contact us

Children’s Pray-Ground

St. Luke’s is creating a special place in the sanctuary just for kids. We believe children should feel at home in worship, so we’re building a special place with soft toys, quiet activities, and seating for parents. St. Luke’s pray-ground makes space for kids to be kids, for adults to pray, and for the whole family to join together in worship.

Children are welcome to join their parents in bringing up the offertory gifts, in singing, asking and listening.  Please allow your children to state their requests during the prayer requests. Talk with them about this before you come to the service so they can think about it.  At St. Luke’s, children may receive Jesus’s body and blood as soon as they are old enough to eat and drink. They will enjoy coming up front to receive the Eucharist with you. When your child sees you worshiping, they know something really special is going on, and they want to be a part of that.

Pastoral Care

Accessing Pastoral Care

The word pastoral comes from the Latin word for “shepherd,” and that’s what pastoral care is about at St. Luke’s: clergy and lay volunteers working together to tend, to pray for, to visit, to listen, to care for those in our congregation who are sick, lonely, grieving, in need of healing, or overwhelmed in crisis or transition.

Each member of the St. Luke’s Parish family can receive support, assistance and comfort during life’s joys and sorrows through our caring ministries. In times of illness and hospitalization,  to add a name to our Prayer list, to have someone come to your home to celebrate Eucharist or for any other reason, or to help with this important ministry,  please contact us.

​May God bless and comfort you in your difficult times as well as your joyful ones.

Eucharistic Visitor

Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed by the Diocese to meet with parishioners unable to attend church services, and to administer the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   Please contact us if you would like to be visited by a Eucharistic Visitor or if you would like to help with this important ministry

Prayer Concerns

St. Luke’s maintains a list of parishioners and their immediate family members in need of prayer. We print this weekly in our Sunday bulletin for use in our worship service prayers and for parishioners to take home with them to have a reminder of people in need for their daily prayers. Help us keep this list current, both by adding people and taking them off when the need has passed.  Please contact us if you would like to add or update a prayer concern, or if you would like to help with this important ministry.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Out of a single strand of yarn, a flowing fabric emerges that will eventually wrap itself around another ones shoulders and speak love into their heart.

– Susan Izard and Susan Jorgenson

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Luke’s is a community of people working together to reach out to others in both sorrow and joy.  They pray, knit or crochet to make shawls filled with love, prayers and support.

All are welcome to join!  If you would like to acquire a “Prayer Shawl” for a family member or friend who may be sick or grieving, or celebrating, please contact us.

Fellowship

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour now takes place on Sundays after service at 9:30am on Zoom. You will never be alone,  and will soon know yourself as part of our friendly congregation.  

If you are new to St. Luke’s,  please contact us to get connected and start receiving your copy of the Lifelines.

Book Group

The Book Group is a great fellowship for those who enjoy reading and then sharing what they have read over a nice dinner with friends.  The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5:45 p.m. , September through May, except December.

We are now meeting at 6:30pm on zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you’d like to join, please contact us.

Upcoming Books include:

  • September: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (novel)
  • October: Minnesota 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State by Curt Brown  (non-fiction)
  • November: Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke  (non-fiction)

2022

  • January: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (novel)
  • February: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (classic novel)
  • March: The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration and Resistance in World War II America by Bradford Pearson  (non-fiction)
  • April: Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States by Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry(non-fiction)
  • May: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman  (novel)
  • September: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich  (novel)

Bridge and Bonbons Social Group

Bridge and BonBons (on hold now due to Covid) meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the church parish hall from 1:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m. It is a fun gathering for social Bridge players from Beginner to Bridge Master levels. All are welcome, you do not need to be a parishioner to play. Just bring 50 cents for the prize kitty and an appetite for fun. Light snacks will be served along with great fellowship and hands of Bridge. If you enjoy playing bridge and a sweet treat, please contact us.

Social Events

There are fellowship social events all throughout the year for the young and the young at heart for you to enjoy and become involved in our St.  Luke’s Family. Here are just a few of our past events: Game On; Parish Thanksgiving Dinner; Epiphany Party; St. Nick’s party; Donuts, Juice and Jesus; Mother’s Day brunch; Children’s service; Father’s Day Coffee; and so much more.   Once Covid subsides, watch this space for upcoming events.

The next step is connection

Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome in this place.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1884 22nd Street NW Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 288-2469

stlukes@stlukesepiscopal.org revjustinc@gmail.com

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8am to 5pm

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