Our church has Stephen Ministers available to provide emotional and spiritual care to people experiencing grief; illness and/or hospitalization; distress due to troubling relationships; loss of job and/or home; and other challenges of life. Care receivers may be in our church, town, or surrounding communities. They may be Christian, from another faith tradition, or from none at all. The focus is on caring, not on religion.
Our 14 Stephen Ministry caregivers are members of our church who have received 50 hours of initial training and engage in continuing education and ongoing mutual support and supervision.
Typically, the Stephen Minister and care receiver meet once a week for an hour for a few weeks, months, or even longer if needed. Male care receivers are assigned male Stephen Ministers, and women are paired with women. Identity of the care receivers is kept confidential between the pastor, Stephen Leader, and assigned Stephen Minister. Even other Stephen Ministers will not know the names of the people with whom caregivers are paired.
For more information about the Stephen Ministry program, which is now in more than 12,000 congregations in the nation, go to https://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/917.
To inquire about connecting with a Stephen Minister for yourself or someone you know, please contact the church at 463-7734.