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Stephen Ministry

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The Stephen Ministry logo consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person. The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the coss of Jesus that we find healing, mercy an comfort. The circle symbolizes both the wholenes we receive through Christ's and God's unending love for us.

Our Mission

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Our Name

The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6).

Who Are We? Who needs a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers provide Christian caregiving. You do...or will at some point in your life.

Stephen Ministers feel led by God to this ministry. We all will. As we live through the season of our lives, each

Stephen Ministers listen with compassion. of us will encounter times of transition, some joyful, some

Stephen Ministers do not pass judgement. full of sadness, all full of uncertainity:

Stephen Ministers are trustworthy. A time of new life, new job, a move

Stephen Ministers maintain confidentiality. A time of endings...broken relationships, divorce, death

Stephen Ministers undergo extensive training. A time of sickness, a time of healing

Stephen Ministers are skilled. A time to share what's on your mind an heart with

someone who will be there with you, listening to you and

praying with you until you are whole again.

How do I receive a Stephen Minister? How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Contact Pastor David Banks (637-4022) or the Stephen Contact Pastor David Banks or David Briley (772-5885), or

Ministry Referrals Coordinator, Gail Gardner, 638- any of us with a blue Stephen Minister name tag. We

2345 (h) or 637-8889 (c). would love to tell you more about this special ministry.

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