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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Stephen Ministers are trained and willing to walk beside a hurting person. Through this one-on-one caring relationship they listen, encourage, pray, support, and maintain confidences in order to help their brother or sister in Christ to heal and/or grow.
There you will have an opportunity to learn about the Stephen Ministry program and have your questions answered to help you discern if God is calling you to this vital ministry. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister click here.
Stephen Ministry provides one-to-one Christian care giving to adult members of our parish. It is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers and are called to respond to Jesus’ command to love one another. A person in need contacts the church and if Stephen Ministry is the appropriate place for them to receive care they will be assigned a Stephen Minister. Generally they will meet with their Stephen Minister once a week until they feel they no longer need the Stephen Minister’s care. The duration of the relationship will vary based on individual need.
We have many needs for care in our parish: people experiencing loss, illness, marital difficulties, job loss, relocation, spiritual crisis, loneliness, and many other stresses and challenges. Often people suffer silently. They do not request or receive the level of care they really need. Sometimes they are angry at God and feel forsaken. With the size of our parish it is impossible for our priests to meet all of these needs. Stephen Ministry expands the care that our parish can offer by equipping members to provide Christian care to those in need.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.