St. Luke's is committed to working to meet the needs of our neighbors with the hope that our light (Jesus Christ) will rise in the darkness and our nights will become like the noonday! (Isaiah 58:10)
Our congregation supports and participates in many ministry areas/programs that address the needs of vulnerable people, promote justice in all areas of life, and advocate for peaceful solutions to conflict. We also support disaster relief, direct services, capacity building, and development assistance to our neighbors locally and around the world.
Some of the ways we partner with our neighbors include:
Coquina Elementary: We supply new clothes to the school nurse so children who have accidents in school and cannot get clean clothes from home are able to change and return to class. We also provide meeting space for teacher in-services, serve as the emergency off-site location for the school, and participate on the School Advisory Council.
Vacation Bible School (VBS): Each summer, our congregation offers a 5 day VBS for area children ages K-6th grade. During the VBS week, the children learn the gospel stories, make new friends, and experience God's great love for them. Included in each night's program is a dinner for all of the children.
Trunk Or Treat: On Halloween Night from 5-7 p.m., our west parking lot becomes a safe place to Trick or Treat for children and their accompanying adults. Members of our congregation decorate their car trunks and give out candy, plus there are games for the children to play.
Operation Christmas Child: Our congregation fills and donates approximately 70 shoe boxes for this important ministry that shares the Good News with children throughout the world.
Thanksgiving Fruit Plates and Turkeys: In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, members of our congregation prepare approximately 60 fresh fruit plates that are delivered to area nursing home residents and staff. We also partner with North Brevard Charities to provide money so they can purchase turkeys for area families.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing/Soup Kitchen: During December, our congregation members cover six complete days of ringing at Publix for the Christmas Red Kettle Drive to benefit our local Salvation Army. Additionally, our members work throughout the year in the Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen to help prepare and serve lunch, collect food to donate to the Soup Kitchen, and partner with other groups and people locally to encourage donations of meat and much-needed food staples for the daily ministry of the Soup Kitchen.
100 Christmas Dinners: Each year our congregation partners with other churches, organizations, and individuals to prepare and deliver 100 Christmas dinners complete with a smoked pork shoulder, two sides, a pie, and other goodies to families and individuals in need.
Palm Sunday Egg Hunt: On Palm Sunday at 9 a.m. we host an Egg Hunt to share the Good News of Jesus' resurrection with our neighborhood children and their families.
Meals On Wheels: Many of our members work each week to staff a Meals On Wheels route that delivers hot meals at no cost to people over 60 years old who are homebound and nutritionally at-risk.
Recovery Groups: Our church provides free meeting space for five addiction recovery groups each week.
The Children's Hunger Project: Members of our congregation volunteer with The Children's Hunger Project by helping to pack meals that children in Brevard county receive on Fridays so they do not go hungry over the weekend. In 2019, our congregation members packed approximately 3,000 meals.
Brevard/Indian River Presbyterians: Our church has combined forces with 10 other Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations in our two counties for international mission work over the past 30+ years. Currently, we are finishing a 3 year commitment to partner with Presbyterian aid workers in Madagascar and previous to that we partnered with El Centro Presbytery in Cuba for 3 years to raise funds, install, and support a Living Waters for the World (LWW) clean water system in Cabaiguan.