At Saint Luke’s, we call it LifeWorks – our mission to build ongoing mutual relationships that allow us to work alongside our neighbors. Our goal is to make opportunities more accessible, engaging, and spiritual for all parishioners. We are God’s hands in the world. Try something new and make a difference
There are many ways to volunteer as lay ministers.
- ACOLYTES: Students, 6th grade and up, serve as torch and cross bearers. Contact: Naomi.Cunningham@saintlukesdarien.org.
- ALTAR GUILD: Prepare the Eucharist table for services. Contact: email@example.com
- USHERS: Greet the congregation and collect offerings. Contact: Candy.Wheelock@saintlukesdarien.org
- LAY ASSISTANTS: Read Scripture and present the chalice during the Eucharist. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and click here for the schedule
Person-to-Person, P2Phelps.org , is located on the Saint Luke’s campus as well as Stamford, Norwalk, and their Mobile Food Pantry provides emergency food, clothing, financial assistance, campership and scholarships to individuals and families in need. Middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults of all ages are needed. Opportunities range from weekly shifts to one-time efforts such as food drives. Contact Marie Cartagena.
Open to all parishioners and residents of Darien and surrounding communities, this weekly “dinner for a dollar” serves upwards of 5,700 delicious meals annually and is perfect for building community and fellowship. Cooks (Wednesday or Thursday), set-up, servers and clean-up help (Thursday) are always needed and welcome. Dinners are Thursday evenings from 5-7 PM, mid September through mid May. Contact Fran Principe.
The proceeds from this annual spring event benefit the LifeWorks partners of Saint Luke’s. We collect tag sale donations throughout the year and welcome assistance for set-up and operations. This church-wide effort includes a Service Day and draws in over 150 volunteers. Contact Quay McKeough.
Saint Luke’s is committed to helping the Episcopal Church in Cuba. A team of parishioners is working with a companion parish in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba. We are sponsoring both youth and adult trips to the island annually. Additionally, we funded and helped construct a water filtration system at the church that is now providing the first reliably fresh water to people of Santa Cruz del Norte.
Separately, other Saint Luke’s parishioners have established an organization called The Friends of the Episcopal Church of Cuba. This organization works to engage more parishes and communities around the country to support the Episcopal Church in Cuba. They were instrumental in helping to reunite the Cuban Church with the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Contact Susan Martin or Pat Cage.
On the first Saturday in May, we assemble a team to participate in a HomeFront project. We help a neighboring homeowner fix up his/her residence, making it safer, warmer, and more attractive. We fix siding, roofs, decks, paint, replace windows, clean up yards, trim trees, and more. If you are 14 or older, please consider setting aside a portion of this day for some hard work, warm camaraderie and a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. Contact Wilder Gleason.
Every year Person-to-Person organizes a special food drive around the Christmas holidays. White paper doves are selected by parishioners who then shop for food, which is packaged and delivered to families who would otherwise go without food during the holidays. Contact Sally Houlihan or Amy Rebbechi.
Pacific House is the homeless men’s shelter on Pacific Street in Stamford. On the first Sunday of each month volunteers cook dinner in the Saint Luke’s kitchen, drive to the shelter and serve dinner to the residents. All men and women are welcome to join in this ministry. Contact Ed Lyons.
A collaborative effort of four parishes led by Saint Mark’s, New Canaan, Laundry Love assists the homeless and those in need with their laundry. On the first Wednesday afternoon of each month at a laundromat in East Norwalk, we provide fellowship, pizza and free washer/dryer use for those who need it. Contact Fred Elliott.
Future 5 connects motivated low-income Stamford high school students with mentors, resources and experience to transition them to college and a career. Through one-to-one coaching, students develop skills and independence.For more information please contact Executive Director, Rachel Dewey, at email@example.com or visit our website at www.futurefive.org