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AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, WE EXIST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY MATTER TO GOD … BY SHOWING THEM THAT THEY MATTER TO US …IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY LET OTHERS MATTER TO THEM.
(copied from a Presbyterian Church wall in Houston, TX)

A Stephen Minister is a supportive Christian friend who walks beside a person experiencing a difficult time in their life. By meeting and talking one-on-one, the Stephen Minister provides a safe, confidential place for exploring feelings, spiritual questions, hopes and dreams, fears and challenges. There is no limit to the length or the depth of the relationship. Active listening skills, reflection, acceptance and love are a few of the gifts the Stephen Minister brings to the caring relationship. Whether expecting twins, dealing with a cancer diagnosis, struggling with how to best care for an aging parent or a rebellious teenager, grieving a loss or anticipating retirement, you do not have to do it alone. Jesus said, “Bear one another’s burdens.” (Gal. 6:2) Stephen Ministry is one way of doing this.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training. A new class of Stephen Ministers is trained each year, meeting one night a week and several Sundays, from January through May.

Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment.

Stephen Ministers meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month, once training is completed, for continuing education and support.

Stephen Ministers keep all they hear in the strictest confidence.

Stephen Ministers care for one person at a time meeting once a week for about one-hour.

If you are interested in Stephen Ministry, either to give or receive care, contact Rev. Nancy Lincoln-Reynolds, or the Stephen Minister in the sanctuary following worship on Sunday morning.