Creating Pathways to Christ’s Healing Through One-on-One Caring Relationships
Are you, or someone you know, in need of a compassionate, caring listener to walk alongside you when you’re hurting most?
Stephen Ministers Care For People Facing Tough Times
We all experience difficulties in life, but there’s no need to carry your burden alone. Caring Stephen Ministers from our congregation are specially trained to help those experiencing life’s difficulties such as:
• Grieving the death of a loved one
• Dealing with divorce or separation
• Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
• Coping with or caring for someone with a chronic or terminal illness
• Unemployed or in a job crisis
• Newly disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
• Moving or relocating
• Adjusting to a birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
• Transitioning into retirement
• Dealing with the crisis of aging
• Facing any other type of crisis or life transition
How Stephen Ministry Works
Our Stephen Ministry offers one-on-one Christian-based care and support to both congregation members and nonmembers. Those in need are partnered with their own Stephen Minister and typically meet once a week for about an hour. The Stephen Minister listens with care, attentiveness, respect and a nonjudgmental attitude. These caring relationships last as long as the need persists —perhaps only a month or two in the case of someone who is dealing with a temporary setback, or possibly a year or more when someone is going through a more significant crisis or transition.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains strictly confidential.
To learn more about our Stephen Ministry program and how it works, or to make a confidential request to receive help from a Stephen Minister, send a message to Stephen Leaders Lois Honigfeld or Jim Wood.
You may also reach out to Rev. Sarah Green or call her at (973) 538-1776 ext. 17.
Meet Our Stephen Ministry Team
Stephen Leaders: The Rev. Sarah Green, Lois Honigfeld, Ginger Kutsch, Ginny Pontious and Jim Wood.
Stephen Ministers: Pat Cunningham, Jan Dougherty, Mary Dykstra, Terry Flaten, Lois Honigfeld, Marnie Kaller, Mikey Knotts, Ginger Kutsch, Ginny Pontious, Susan Redgate, Ruth VanDerpoel, Jim Wood and Pam Wood.
Learn more about the national Stephen Ministries program.