Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry logoStephen Ministry is St. Martin’s one-on-one ministry of pastoral listening and care for people going through difficult times.
Stephen Ministers are parish and community volunteers trained to offer compassionate and prayerful support to people who are experiencing challenges such as job loss, grief, divorce, illness, caregiving or other life transitions. A Stephen Minister and his or her care receiver typically meet once a week for about an hour. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers and women with women. A Stephen Ministry relationship might last a few months or more than a year, depending on the care receiver’s needs.

Do you or someone you know need care?
Even with the support of family and friends, enduring difficulties and losses can feel like a pretty lonely walk. Stephen Ministers provide regular, dependable care that is faith-based and confidential. To learn more about how a Stephen Minister might offer compassionate support for you or someone you care about, please contact Barb Ballenger, Associate for Spiritual Formation and Care, at 215.247.7466 x102 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). She’ll arrange a meeting to explain Stephen Ministry and discuss our intake process.

Are you called to be a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister has a calming presence and is comfortable with a process of care that involves listening, prayer and supportive feedback as her or his care receiver walks through difficulty or crisis. Stephen Ministry is not professional therapy, pastoral counseling, or spiritual direction.

A 50-hour training course is required of all Stephen Ministers before they can begin offering care. The next Stephen Ministry training will be held at St. Martin’s beginning in January of 2016. The training involves weekly sessions of about two-and-a-half hours and will extend through part of the summer.

Once they are trained, Stephen Ministers sign on for a two-year commitment, though they are free to continue longer with the ministry. The basic time requirement includes meeting once a week for about an hour with a care receiver, as well as meeting twice a month for lengthier peer supervision and continuing education sessions. For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Leni Windle at 610.453.8352 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Stephen Ministers (2015)Who are St. Martin’s Stephen Ministers?
St. Martin’s has 18 active Stephen Ministers. Names and photos of the current team can be found on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. The program is facilitated by four Stephen Leaders, who oversee recruitment, intake, training, supervision and continuing education. They are:

  • Cary Nicholas, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Karen West, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Leni Windle, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Barb Ballenger, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  • Regular Sunday Service Schedule

    8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
    10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
    10:15 a.m. worship.together
    Holy Eucharist for families with young children
    11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

    Other Days

    Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

    Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

    Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, in the Church.

    We would love to have you join us.


    This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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