Stephen Ministries and Caring Resources

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one caring lay ministry to anyone in our church family in need of caring Christian support through a difficult time in life.  They also support other caring resources that are available to the congregation in the form of CareNotes brochures and Journey through Grief booklets.

CareNotes are short, easy to read brochures which cover a variety of topics: everyday stress, loss of a loved one, forgiveness, and caring for elderly parents. They are published by Abbey Press, which is owned and operated by Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a 150-year-old Benedictine monastic community in southern Indiana.  These brochures provide grace and support from a Christian perspective, and can be found in the brochure stand.

Journey through Grief booklets are specifically written to address the grief experienced from the loss of a loved one. There are four booklets in the set, each addressing the changing aspects of grief over the first year of the loss. The books are given at specific points in the grief process and have been proven over time to be of great comfort to those in mourning. Many people find them an excellent resource and often pass them on to other friends and family members who are dealing with loss. These booklets are published by Stephen Ministries and are also available in the brochure stand.

Look for the brochure stand near the large library table outside the Sanctuary, under the blue and orange Stephen Ministry Caring Resources sign. These brochures and books are provided to the congregation through our Stephen Ministry program. Take a look. Take one. Take hope.