First Church supports an active Stephen Ministry program for its congregants and the wider community.  According to their website ( “Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in 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.  The Stephen Ministry… works with three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.

You will hear more about this dedicated ministry in the coming weeks (in worship, fellowship, and the newsletter) and the remaining months leading into the holiday season.  But for now, know we are blessed to have people in all three groups…that is trained Stephen Leaders, trained and functioning Stephen Ministers, and those blessed as they have or are presently receiving one-on-one care.