Stephen Ministry Sunday on May 22
May 22, 2016 is Stephen Ministry Sunday. The Stephen Leaders will host our annual brunch after the 10:00 AM service in the Undercroft. There will be time for reflection of our ministry and recognition of our Stephen Ministers who have given so much Christian care and concern for others in our congregation in need of healing and support.
This ministry is centered around love and care for our Trinity parishioners and their families. We hope you will join us to understand how this ministry might be of help to you or a loved one.
Find out more too about the roles of the Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers to see if you might be called to be one. The two roles work together but are quite different.
We look forward to sharing more on these specifics when you join us in fellowship May 22nd.
David Tuttle trained as a Stephen Leader
David Tuttle has become a Stephen Leader at Trinity. He attended an intense, week-long training in April. The training follows a train-the-trainer model, and now David is equipped to provide a 50-hour training program to new Stephen Ministers. He’s also a great resource on Stephen Ministry to the parish.
Once trained, Stephen Ministers are equipped and prepared to provide lay person support to parishioners in need of Christian care for a period of time determined by each individual’s needs. Stephen Leaders provide supervision on a monthly basis to support and care for our Stephen Ministers. It is a loving, compassionate, and care-driven ministry. The training for Leaders and Ministers alike is intense and specific to insure that exceptional care-giving is given to all care receivers.
Laura Main will be attending the training in August. Laura has already begun to share her wonderful talents at the monthly Leaders meetings. We are recruiting two more people to become Stephen Leaders who will then train new Stephen Ministers this winter.
If you are interested in learning more and participating with us, please contact anyone of the Stephen's Leaders, a Warden, or contact the office.
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry at Trinity recruits, trains and supports lay volunteers to be present for and bring Christ’s love to people going through significant transitions and/or recovering from challenges in their lives for as long as it takes.
What kind of challenge?
Anything for which support would be helpful—from a recent bereavement, to job loss, to a new baby in the home, to serious illness.
Who are these caring friends?
Lay members of our congregation, identified for their gifts of caring and ability to respect confidentiality, who have agreed to serve as Stephen Ministers for two years.
What kind of support do they offer?
They visit weekly with those to whom they have been assigned, offering a listening ear and a caring Christian presence. These visits typically run about an hour in length.
How do these people know what to do?
They have been given approximately 50 hours of initial training, and receive ongoing support, supervision, and continuing education throughout their work with Trinity’s Stephen Ministry.
Aren’t many of these challenges pretty personal? I wouldn’t want everyone knowing my business…
Confidentiality is at the heart of Stephen Ministry. The only people who will know that a Stephen Minister is assigned to a parishioner are: the parishioner, the Stephen Minister, the Stephen Leader responsible for making the assignments, and the clergy.
What if the person needs to see a priest?
This program is a supplement to priestly, medical, and/or therapeutic attention. It is not meant to replace the professional care of a priest, therapist, or doctor.
I think I may want a Stephen Minister. How do I go about getting one?
Contact the parish office to request a Stephen Minister.
I might want to become a Stephen Minister. What kind of commitment would I be making?
The commitment is a significant one. Stephen Ministers agree to attend all training sessions, visit their assigned person once a week, and attend ongoing supervision and continuing education meetings with the other Stephen Ministers. The commitment is for two years.
That sounds like something I might want to do. How do I go about signing up?
Contact the Trinity parish office for an application. The application is the first step in the mutual discernment of a possible call to be a Stephen Minister.
I have more questions. Where do I ask them?
Feel free to direct your questions to any of Trinity’s Stephen Leaders – those trained to run this program.