Our gifts of time, talents, and treasures with...Stephen's Ministry

Stephen Minsters walk alongside care receivers being Jesus’ hands and feet offering a “cool cup of water” for those going through a crisis with listening, prayer, and keeping Christ in the center of the ministry.

Stephen Ministry had it's second beginning in May of  2013 after a previous start to the ministry several years before that.

Wesley currently has:

  • 14 Stephen Ministers (with over 700 hours training and 165 hours continuing education)
  • 5 Stephen Minister Leaders (with over 200hours of training in St. Louis, MO)
  • 25 Care Receivers (receiving 1, 423 hours of caregiving from Stephen Ministers)

Stephen Ministers serve people dealing with:

  • Grief
  • Long-term Illness
  • Divorce
  • Health issues
  • Primary Caregiver Support
  • Aging
  • Dying
  • Dementia
  • Hospital Visits
  • Infant Loss

The Stephen Ministry program

  • Has given 90 complete sets of 4 Grief Books sent to family/friends that have experienced the death of a loved one.
  • Is available to members/non-members of Wesley
  • Has a small Resource Library of support materials on a variety of topics available in the Library for anyone

Affirmations from Care Receivers:

  • Helps to talk
  • Love our visits
  • Glad to talk to someone outside of family and friends
  • Life-line keeping me going
  • One thing stable in my life
  • Grateful for the time together
  • I know I can share anything
  • Grew Spiritually
  • God must have sent you
  • I needed to talk
  • 3:00 in the morning friend
  • Can talk about anything
  • Non-judgmental
  • Helps to talk

Stephen Minsters have said the following:

  • Rewarding
  • Awesome to see how God works
  • God led
  • Christ-centered
  • Confidential
  • Just love ‘em
  • Training helped me in daily relationships with work, family, friends
  • Blessings received far more than I have given

Thank you for supporting your Stephen Ministry at Wesley through your prayers and monetary giving! You make Wesley’s Stephen Ministry possible. If you know someone or you yourself would like a Stephen Minister contact Pastor Brian or Janet Barry.

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