What is Stephen Ministry? Our parish’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
A Stephen Minister is….
- A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
- A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
- A lay person who has received at least 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
- Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
Examples of areas of where a Stephen Minister can be supportive…
- Loss of loved one
- Loneliness and discouragement
- Job loss
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility
- Spiritual crisis
- And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
Please contact the parish office (650) 948-2158 for more information or to request a Stephen Minister.