"Let the reality of your loss sink in, as painful as that may be. The pain you feel now will not always be as intense and will not last forever. You can only heal what you feel."
Journeying through Grief
A great way you can help a hurting friend: Do you have a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who has suffered a loss or is going through a difficult time? Here's a great way you can help them - tell them about our Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers are members of St. Jerome Church who have received special training to provide high-quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to hurting people. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. (Males are matched with males, and females are matched with females). The caring relationship lasts for as long as the person needs care. It's free, and it's a powerful way you can help a hurting friend.
Love One Another As I Have Loved You . . . In John 15:12, Jesus says, "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." Loving and caring for one another is not just the pastor's job - it's something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus' love and care to those who most need it.
Pray for God to bless their caregiving and to work through them to bring hope and healing to people's lives.
Follow Me: This session is a time for review and inspiration as our Stephen Minister trainees prepare to "follow Jesus" in their caregiving journey. They review what it means to be caregivers who are Compassionate, Full of Faith, Skilled, Trustworthy, and Christ-Centered. With the completion of their training, they are ready to provide quality, one-to-one caring ministry on behalf of our congregation.
If someone you know is facing a crisis - large or small - you could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister, talk to one of our Stephen Leaders: Fr. Darrell Venters, Sister Martha Keller, Hank Cecil, Lacy Riddle. Our Stephen Ministers are there to care!