Stephen Ministry training has concluded!! Congratulations to all graduates and those who served as teachers.
There will be a commissioning ceremony at The Reformed Church of Highland Park on June 11, 2017 at each service. Please join us to welcome our new Stephen Ministers as they begin their journey to walk with Christ to support and care for our fellow family members.
Teachers: Franco Juricic, John Rametta, Catherine Stanford, Anthony W DiGrigoli, Jean Thomas, Darlene Purcell and Fred Mueller.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness.
Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others–listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received and employing the tools of faith.
The Stephen Ministry program at RCHP has several active care givers. Since its inception in 2011, over 30 care receivers have been served in this one-to-one lay caring ministry. Relationships are confidential and consistent of weekly, hour-long meetings between carefully paired caregivers and care receivers.
They also lead ongoing supervision and education sessions with current Stephen Ministers. Reach out to them if you are interested in learning more about the program, how to be paired with a caregiver, or what’s involved with becoming a Stephen Minister. General information about Stephen Ministry can be found at this Stephen Ministry link.