Stephen Ministry is connecting the world with God’s love by walking with those going through difficult times.
A Stephen Minister is:
· A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
· A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional, spiritual, confidential and one-to-one Christian care.
· A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
· Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need.
Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to those going through difficult times. They provide listening care to anyone who is struggling with issues such as loss of a loved one, job loss, illness, relationship difficulties, anxiety, sadness, isolation, loss of employment, grief, or any other difficult life changes that can cause us to feel very much alone or may even cause spiritual crisis. Sharing your concerns with someone you trust can help lighten your burden. The Stephen Ministers at St. Peter’s are available to listen when you just need to talk to someone who will help provide emotional and spiritual support. All meetings are held in strict confidentiality, so that you may feel free to share your crisis.