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About the Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a Christ caring ministry for people. Lay people trained as Stephen Ministers assist the ordained clergy in providing congregational care. This ministry multiplies the number of caregivers with our lay people. Stephen Ministry Leaders work with people experiencing many different kind of life changing events such as being hospitalized, grieving the loss of a loved one, separation or divorce, unemployment, homebound, adjusting to the birth of a child, new members & persons who have recently moved to Kerrville, or many other difficulties.

Each of us have times when we are lonely, grieving, hurt or in need of care. In his Second Letter to the Corinthians 1:4-6, St. Paul tells us that such troubles can bring spiritual growth to the sufferer. We must remember that when we who are in Christ suffer, we also find comfort through others who have found Christ's care and comfort in their own sufferings. One of the ways we find that comfort is through Stephen Ministers who offer Christlike care to those in need.

If you have questions about the work of our Stephen Ministers at First United Methodist Church, please feel free to call or talk to one of our Stephen Leaders or Stephen Ministers listed below, or call the church office. Each of our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers are listed in our Church Directory. also, on Sundays in the Adult Sunday School and in the Church worship services, these Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers wear their name tags for easy identification: "In Christ's compassion and love for us, His people."

To be put in contact with a Stephen Minister, or to learn more about how to join this program, contact our church office at (314) 771-9214.


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