First Presbyterian Church is a Stephen Ministry Congregation.
Is life more than you can handle right now?
Is your health, attitude or relationship suffering?
Would you like to have someone in your life who could support you during this time?
Someone is waiting to assist you in this difficult time.
“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
It is Jesus’ command that we love one another. The Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian is one important way we seek to live out this scriptural call by becoming minister of God’s love and care to one another. In a one-on-one caring relationship, those who are hurting receive support and love. Stephen Ministers have the gifts of compassion, listening and prayer. They receive extensive training to equip them to enter into caring and confidential relationships with persons going through a difficult time such as illness, loss of a loved one, divorce or job loss. Having someone to care, listen, pray and share God’s love with you, can help you get through problems you are experiencing. Click here to read insights about the value of this ministry from people who have received care from a Stephen Minister.
If you feel a need in your life that could be met by the Christian caring of a supportive Stephen Minister, you may contact Mary Marraccini or Sandra Randleman. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each visit remains private.
Do you want to become a Stephen Minister? If you feel a desire to become a Stephen Minister, a caring Christian who can support members of your congregation in need, you may apply to enter the next training program. Click here to read what current Stephen Ministers have to say about serving in this special ministry. The training required to become a Stephen Ministers is to:
- Complete 50 hours of training.
- Commit to meeting with a care receiver, usually once a week.
- Attend supervision meetings every two weeks.
- Commit to two years of service to the congregation as a Stephen Minister.