Christ Caring for People Through People
KGF would like to announce that it has a group of people shortly completing their initial training as Stephen Ministers. These people, have undergone extensive training to develop and nurture their caring skills. Following a commissioning service on July 8th, they will begin their caring ministry in our congregation and community, working with people who are experiencing many different kinds of crises, stresses and challenges in their lives.
Who might receive care from a Stephen Minister? Care receivers may be hospitalized, grieving the death of a loved one, separated or divorcing, home-bound, unemployed, adjusting to the birth of a child, or otherwise experiencing difficulties.
Each of us has times when we are lonely, grieving, hurt, or in need of care. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells us that such troubles can bring spiritual growth to the sufferer. But when we who are in Christ suffer, we also find comfort through Christ, and one of the ways we find this comfort is through others who have found Christ’s care and comfort in their sufferings (2 Corinthians 1:4-6). Our new Stephen Ministers offer this Christ like care to those in need.
We invite you to think about your life and the lives of the people around you. Are you going through a time of crisis or challenge? Do you know someone who is suffering from grief or loneliness? Is one of your friends struggling to find a meaning in life after he or she has retired or after all the children have gone? Could you or someone you know benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists; rather they are caring Christian friends who can offer a listening ear to help others through the tough times in life.
Should you need a Stephen Minister or know of someone who needs their care you can contact the church by phone (250-763-6553) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will be referred onto a Stephen Leader and they will reach out to you.
Wayne Laurie – Stephen Leader