Stephen Ministers: The After People
by Lynn Armstrong
Stephen Ministers are there:
…After you’ve washed and returned the last casserole dish.
…After the divorce papers have been served, and the bottom falls out of your life.
…After the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away – and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty.
…After you arrive home following the funeral service, and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
…After the relationship has ended, but the wounds are still bleeding and painful.
…After the doctors have said, “There’s nothing more we can do.”
…After you realize the hands on the gold watch you received at your retirement party move more slowly than you ever imagined.
…After the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible.
…After you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck.
…After you family and friend have heard your story one too many time, but you still need to talk it out.
Stephen Ministers are not strangers to life’s difficulties. They are people, like you, who have faced challenges in life.
Stephen Ministers are trained as caring and confidential listeners. They receive ongoing continuing education and supervision.
If you would like to request the care of a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.
Christ Caring for People