Stephen Ministers: walking with you

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, and none of us can know how others feel or people’s circumstances. That does not mean anyone has to walk alone through difficult times. Stephen Ministers are available to walk with you.

The United Methodist Church of Chugiak has an active and vibrant Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministers are trained as Christian Care Givers and receive 50 hours of training to provide one-on-one, confidential emotional and spiritual care for those experiencing grief and loss. Stephen Ministers are caring, Christian friends who listen, pray, support, and encourage their care receivers. They provide care to those 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 other life events.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry; the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. The Stephen Ministers themselves do not know for whom other Stephen Ministers are providing care.

Stephen Ministers have promised to this congregation to “Bear one another’s burdens, and this way fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2.

If you would like a Stephen Minister, or want to know more about this ministry, talk with Pastor Gary or Sandra Woods, our Stephen Leader, by contacting stephenministers@umcchugiak.org.