Ministries for Mature Adults

Searching  Offering  Affirming  Renewing

Saint Luke’s strives to be an advocate of positive attitudes towards aging, lifting up this later season of life as a vital continuation of abundant life in Christ. SOAR programs and ministries are open to – or particularly designed for – adults 65 years and older.  

SOAR stands for SEARCHING, OFFERING, AFFIRMING, and RENEWING,  words that reflect a spirit of lifelong learning, service, fellowship, and care among mature adults in the Saint Luke’s community.  All mature adult parishioners and community members are invited to participate in programs and activities listed on this website, in the Sunday bulletins, and in a monthly SOAR Newsletter.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, email Susanna Whitsett or call 205.802.6217.

Groups & Gatherings

SAIL Exercise

This lively 1 hour exercise class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30am at no charge.  Most exercises are done from a chair, though standing exercises such as marching and ‘grapevines’ are also modeled. Exercise props including hand weights, scarves, balls, and hoola hoops are incorporated into a fun class format that focuses on maintaining strength, balance and coordination.  Participants are invited to do all, some, or a little of the class – whatever suits your interest and level of fitness.  Successful participation includes the ability to stand and sit without assistance. Join us!  All are welcome!  

Click here to view a video of SAIL!


Searchers is a group for all “seasoned” and senior adults.  Searchers meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (Sept-May) at 10:30 for lunch (apprx $10), a speaker, and fellowship.  Searchers is a wonderful way to engage in the life of St. Luke’s and make connections with others.  Friends are always welcome!   For more information and a current schedule, please contact Searchers President, Peggy Miller Douglass, President or 205.520.2423 or the Calling Committee:  Rhett Thagard at or 205.870.0611 or Betty Baskay at or 205.956.7296


Stitchers is a sewing ministry open to all novice and accomplished knitters. This sweet group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month for a brown bag lunch, knitting, and fellowship.  The prayer-filled projects include prayer squares, shawls, hats, and scarves for people in need or crisis.  For more information and a current schedule, please contact Mariellen Morris or 205.527.8833

Support Group

Care Partners is a community support group for anyone caring for a loved one with a form of dementia.  You do not need to be a member of Founders Place or Saint Luke’s to participant. Care Partners meets every Tuesday 10:00-11:00am.  This group offers a safe space for confidential discussion, listening, and education.

For More Information

Contact Susanna Whitsett at or 205.802.6217

The mission of the Foundation is to manage gifts, memorials, and bequests for St. Luke’s Church for purposes and uses that support the long-term goals and needs of the Church and its facilities. The Foundation shall not be an ever-growing store of funds, but an ever-growing use of funds in support of St. Luke’s.