Are you Experiencing Some Christmas Blues? Our Stephen Ministry Can Help

     Looking forward to Christmas for many is an exciting time. Making plans, gathering with friends and family, and coming together at KGF to celebrate the birth of Jesus. For some, looking forward to Christmas is, however, cloaked in angst and apprehension.

We are inviting you to pause and look around for those signs and forewarnings of loss, grief and separation that you might see in the faces and lives of those in our congregation and community.

We know you will be sharing the hope, the peace of Christ and maybe sharing some Christmas goodies to those who might be alone. We invite you to know that our Stephen Ministry team is meeting with care receivers, continuing their training and able to receive new care receivers.

Should you know of somebody struggling with life’s difficulties please share with them that there is a wonderful group of trained Stephen Ministers offering a listening ear, a time of prayer and a willingness to walk with them through tough times.

For those that might consider having a Stephen Minister or want to learn more, please gain their permission and pass along their name and phone number and your name and number to  Pastoral Care at KGF 250-763-6553 or email

We recognize that Christmas can be a very Blue time for some, and Stephen Ministry is one way in which we can reach out with the love of Christ.

Stephen Minister are trained to care;

  • Those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • Individuals who are terminally ill.
  • Close family members of those who are terminally ill.
  • People who are experiencing divorce (before, during and after)
  • Parents and families with children who have disabilities
  • People convalescing at home or institution after an illness or injury
  • Family members of someone homebound or in a nursing care center.
  • People with a chronic illness or a long-term disability
  • Close family members of those with a chronic illness or long-term disability
  • People facing birth-related issues such as infertility, adoption, an unplanned pregnancy, or the birth of a child.
  • People being treated for cancer.
  • People who have suffered a significant financial setback
  • People who have lost their jobs
  • People experiencing significant job-related stress
  • People experiencing spiritual crisis


Stephen Minister Information night in October



Caring for people in need is at the heart of KGF’s pastoral care ministry and we are seeking to begin selecting a second team of Stephen Ministers to begin training to provide one-to-one Christian Care to others.

We are again inviting those who have the gifts of mercy, faith, and encouragement to consider joining us in our Stephen Ministry at KGF.

A Stephen Minister is a fellow Christian who is able to share their time to walk beside a person who is impacted by the struggles of life such as illness, death, job loss, spiritual crises, or other losses.

We would love to have a conversation with those who are interested in Stephen Ministry or know of someone who would be.

Information Pamphlets on Becoming A Stephen Minister are at the Starting Point Desk & an Information Evening is being hosted on Sunday, October 28th at 6:30 pm at KGF.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Wayne Laurie, Stephen Leader


Phone:  250-868-9692


Christ Caring for People through People.

For our Stephen Ministers, the initial training is over, the commissioning is completed and summer vacations are winding down. As visiting families and friends are headed home Stephen Ministers are ready to begin their caring ministry. In fact, a number of placements are under way and more referrals are invited.

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 make a confidential phone call to the church (250-763-6553 ) or email and our Referrals Coordinator will follow up in person. We ask that before making a referral of another person that you talk to them a little about Stephen Ministry and get their permission to contact the Church.

Additional Information is available at the church (and on our web page).