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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.

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

Nursery

It is a true joy to have your child in our Nursery Ministry!  Childcare is provided each Sunday during the  worship service.  We make a special effort to help your children feel secure and to keep them safe while you spend time in Worship.

The goal of the nursery is to meet the needs of the youngest people of our congregation in such a way that they will feel loved, valued, and will want to grow up in the church.

Your child is very special to us and we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best care available.  If you have any questions in regards to the nursery or are interested in volunteering for this important ministry, please contact us.

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 an ever growing ministry.  It is a community of people working together to reach out to others in both sorrow and joy.  They gather to pray, knit or crochet, and socialize.  Most importantly, to make shawls filled with love, prayers and support.

All ability levels are welcome to join the fellowship!  If you do not know how to knit or crochet, there is always someone there to help you learn. 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.

During normal times, the Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

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:

  • October: A Good Time for the Truth edited by Sun Yung Shin
  • November: The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalie Yang

2021

  • January: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • February: Inheritors by Asako Serizawa
  • March: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sara Smarsh
  • April: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson
  • May: The Women’s War, Too: Women at Work During World War II by Virginia Wright-Peterson
  • September: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

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.

TACO Social Group

We have a family and child-friendly social group at church fondly called “TACO (That Awesome Church Organization).” The group consists of young(ish) St. Luke’s couples and families. If you’re interested in joining us for activities like “TACO goes fishing,” “TACO goes bowling,” or “TACO has a summer bonfire,” send us a Facebook message or contact us to be connected with the group organizers.. The group is a lot of fun, a little rowdy, and always looking to share fellowship with new friends.

There are 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 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.   

The next step is connection

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1884 22nd Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901-0618

(507) 288-2469
stlukes@stlukesepiscopal.org

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.

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

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