During the season of Lent, there are two songs that will often be sung, Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. It is true that Jesus had to walk the lonesome valley by himself. No one can know how others feel or what they are dealing with, but that does not mean that people have to walk alone through difficult times. Stephen Ministers are available to help.
The United Methodist Church of Chugiak has an active and vibrant Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministers are trained as Christian care givers. They receive 50 hours of training on how to provide one-to-one, confidential, emotional, and spiritual care for people experiencing grief and loss. Stephen Ministers are caring, Christian friends who listen, care, pray, support, and encourage care receivers. They are available to people experiencing the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual crisis, unemployment or job loss, relocation, aging or loss of independence, caring for parents, and many more life events.
This is a confidential ministry; the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship is kept private. Stephen Ministers have promised to “Bear one another’s burdens, and this way fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2. Anyone in need of a Stephen Minister, or wants to know more about this ministry, talk with Pastor Carlo, Pastor Linda Jean (upon her arrival in July), or Sandra Woods, our Stephen Leader.