The newsletter from Stephen Ministry has a link to a new video from their website.
They just finished their 200th Leader Training course
Care Mail from Stephen Ministries - Inspiring story of a US Army Captain who became a Stephen Minister.
Church of the Covenant is a Stephen Ministry church. See the way that Stephen Ministers work around the country to bring healing caregiving to many people.
For those grieving for a lost loved one, or being down in spirit for losing a job, we all recognize the need to share our thoughts and feelings with someone as we go through the process of regaining our equilibrium. Stephen Ministry was created for these kinds of life events.
But Stephen Ministers are also available to share less tragic, lighter, and more common events in every day life. If you have ever had the notion of wanting someone to talk with—or walk with—consider asking for a Stephen Minister to assist you in some small way. There is no long term commitment expected—just give us a try for two or three weeks and decide then whether you’d like to continue. For more information contact Pastor Beth or one of Covenant’s Stephen Leaders, Susan Tarr or Susanne Trible.
Bible Passages that Bring Comfort--from your Stephen Ministry Team
- "Give your burdens to the Lord, and the Lord will take care of you. The Lord will not permit the godly to slip and fall." Psalm 55:22
- "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1
- "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
- "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank God for all He has done." Philippians 4:6
- "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all." Thessalonians 3:16
A favorite prayer of Stephen Ministers
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow,
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you tomorrow and every day.
Either He shields you from suffering or
He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside
all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
St. Francis de Sales
Helping the Church Be the Church
Rev. Dr. John Ortberg
Senior Pastor | Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Stephen Ministry is helping our congregation in a number of ways. One is by building the spiritual and emotional life of the people who give care. I think a lot of people go into Stephen Ministry to help others but then are surprised by how much it enriches their own heart and relationships. It gives them much more than they think they’re going to receive.
In addition, Stephen Ministry is such a gift to folks who are receiving care. People who are going through a job loss, divorce, grief, or other difficulties receive comfort and find hope. The relationships formed in Stephen Ministry really do become life altering.
How can vulnerability be strength?
If you like to think of yourself as a strongly independent soul, ponder this thought from Sarah Parsons:
A Clearing Season: THE CAPACITY TO EXPRESS vulnerability is a great human strength. We sometimes wish our vulnerabilities would disappear so we wouldn’t have to worry about hiding them. Without these pesky vulnerabilities, we could convince the world that we have it all together, that we have no unsatisfied needs, that we can care constantly for others and never need care ourselves… It is hard to let people see our vulnerable parts-our fears, and insecurities, our sadness and shame. To express vulnerability requires courage. Only in exercising this courage, in bravely showing our ‘weakness’ to another, do we achieve a form of real power-the power to ask for help when needed.
You might reflect on this message whenever you are feeling low and someone offers a helping hand-like making your dinner, running some errands, or just offering the ministry of “presence.” Show your strength and accept the offer! Or muster up your courage and ask for that helping hand. There are Stephen Ministers trained and ready to walk with you as you try to follow the path that life has set before you. Contact Pastor Beth or one of our Stephen Leaders if you want to talk about whether Stephen Ministry could offer the help that you or someone you know might need right now.