But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18

Blessing of the Fields

The Blessing of the Fields is a time-honored practice in the church that celebrates the farmers who grow the food that sustains us all. Held in June, the day’s activities begin at 10 a.m. at the Gazebo at Riverview Farm. (This is the same location at our interfaith Easter sunrise service). People from all faiths are welcome to attend. Everyone is invited to follow us along as we visit various farms throughout South Glastonbury to bless fields, the farm worker’s hands, and the animals. A list of the farms with approximate blessing visitation times is posted on our Facebook page.

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Christmas Pageant

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Each year St. Luke’s presents a Christmas Pageant for the community of Glastonbury, CT in collaboration with St. James Episcopal Church.  Everyone is encouraged to participate, from infants to senior citizens!  We make sure to include our children with special needs and we reach out to the migrant workers in our community and their families. The Pageant is held at Beacon Woods Stables in Glastonbury, CT.  The neighboring farms, whose fields and animals we bless, provide us with the chickens, roosters, sheep, goats, donkeys, cows, horses, rabbits, dogs, and cats for our “living nativity.”  Choirs and musicians from within South Glastonbury lend their talents to us for a joyous Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Whole Foods Market and Belltown Orchards provide refreshments for all who attend. In the Christmas spirit of giving, items are donated to Carol’s Closet, an inter-faith mission that provides personal hygiene items for low-income families.  Our Christmas Pageant is a special event every year for everyone who participates and attends. Together we witness and experience the the miracle of Christ’s birth and the love he has brought to our broken world.

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Adama’s Dream

Adama Barrie is a refugee from Sierra Leone who survived the brutal civil war and came to Connecticut in 2001 with her four children and seven orphans she adopted. Her greatest dream was to build a school in her home village where the residents have all been illiterate.  St. Luke’s (along with many people from the Town of South Glastonbury) joined forces with the charity “Shine on Sierra Leone.” Through this charity we were able to raise money to help make Adama’s Dream a reality.  Using sustainable “earth bag” technology, the villagers of Kamathdugu in the Koinidugu province of Sierra Leone broke ground in May of 2010 and the school opened officially in 2011. Approximately 200 children attend this four-room school house.  Our annual Silent Movie Night Fundraiser helps to sustain the school, contributing to teacher salaries and supplies. For more information contact Patti Cole at pattisivocole@gmail.com.

For information on “earth bag” technology, please visit www.earthbagbuilding.com .

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Heads Up Hartford (HUH)

Heads Up Hartford is a faith-based group of urban and suburban youth, along with adult advisors, who get together for a week every summer and weekends through the year to build communities through promotion of diversity, developing leadership, and providing community service. Through various events throughout the year St. Luke’s opens its doors to the community to raise awareness and donations to defray tuition for teens in need.

Easter Sunrise Services at the Farms

Every Easter Sunday St. Luke’s joins with the South Congregational Church at Riverview Farms at 593 Tryon Street to celebrate an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service. This spiritual, interdenominational outdoor service brings neighbors, friends and families together in South Glastonbury to celebrate our Risen Lord. The scenery is spectacular and attendees are rewarded with hot cross buns. All are welcome!

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