Stephen Ministry is for People Experiencing...
... grief, divorce, cancer, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation, long-term care, chronic illness, terminal illness, job loss, loss of a home, military deployment, the onset of a disability, loneliness, spiritual crisis, or other life struggles.
Are there Situations that Aren't Appropriate for Stephen Ministers?
Sure. First, we would not place a minor with a Stephen Minister. We also do not place people with dementia with a Stephen Minister. This may seem counter-intuitive, but remember the primary role of the Stephen Minister is to listen. Most families asking for a placement with a dementia patient actually want respite care, not a Stephen Minister.
Sometimes a family member will ask us to place a Stephen Minster with a parent. We’re happy to do this if the parent wants a Stephen Minister. But just as Jesus doesn’t foist himself into our lives unasked, we don’t foist ourselves on unsuspecting parishioners! We’re happy to work with families to see if we can provide support.
Request a Stephen Minister
Contact Beryl Schewe in the Parish Office (x106) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.