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