Are you hurting or do you have a friend who is hurting from one of life’s challenges, such as, divorce, death of a loved one, poor health, unemployment or family problems? Some times we just need someone to talk to about our problems and concerns. If so, please consider a fabulous resource we have at OFFUMC called Stephen Ministry. You can request a Stephen Minister or suggest it to a friend at any time.
Stephen Ministry a one-on-one lay caring ministry that takes place within congregations that use the STEPHEN SERIES system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers- called Stephen Ministers- to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ- centered care to people who are hurting and going through tough times for a variety of reasons.
We at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church have been blessed to have a group of caring men and women who have received specialized training to meet with their special care receiver confidentially, usually in the care-receivers home or other mutually agreed upon quiet location, once a week for an hour.
Care receivers are people (congregation members and others in the community) who receive care from a Stephen Minster. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life, experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
It is very important to note that the relationship between a care-receiver and the Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men; women with women.
A person can request a Stephen Minister by contacting our church office, one of the pastors or asking a friend to make the connection. Or, you can call Mike Mobley at (618) 418-2325, email him at email@example.com, or reach Margaret Finley at (314) 640-7040, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus said: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”. (Galatians 6:2)