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Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that provides Christian caregiving to church members going through difficult times. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of intensive training which—together with the grace of God—supplements their experiences, personality, and talents with essential skills to offer this Christ-centered care. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their Care Receivers who may be dealing with difficult times like grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.
In November, six church members began training at the church (masked, six feet apart) but we will more than likely be moving to Zoom training intermittently until March when initial training ends; Stephen Ministers then participate in monthly Supervision meetings which include continuing education. 
Please read "A Steady Reminder of God's Presence" for one example of Stephen Ministry from the Care Receiver's perspective. For more examples of Care Receiver stories, check out the website here.
To learn more about what you can expect from a Stephen Minister, click here. 
To learn more about what Stephen Ministers learn during their training, click here. 
Our Stephen Minister training will be led by Aram Kabodian, Chuck McNeil, and Reverend Penny Swartz. Please pray for these Stephen Minister trainees as they go through the training: Mark Cannizzaro, Chance Liscomb, Beth Lundy, Connie McNeil, Susan Nowicki, and Roger Smitter.