We are brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it is a sign of weakness. So we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that’s not God’s plan.
The Bible tells us to:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“Encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11a)
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)
Christ Caring for People through People
The Stephen Minister’s role is to bring God’s love into the lives of people who are struggling with the loss of a loved one, loneliness, cancer, a layoff, relocation, divorce, a spiritual crisis, recuperation, single parenthood, or any other of life’s challenges. What do Stephen Ministers do? They listen, empathize, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support on a weekly basis to hurting people for as long as the need persists. In the midst of this confidential, one-to-one, caring relationship, God’s healing love comes pouring through.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the caring presence of a Stephen Minister, call the church office at (360) 734-5510 or email stephenministry@fpcbellingham.
Could you be one who cares for others who are hurting?
Would you like to learn more about the art of listening, the four-step process for dealing with feelings, empathy versus sympathy, God as Curegiver, and much more? We will be offering a 50-hour training via Zoom to FPC members in providing Christian care to our congregation beginning in January, 2021. The tentative schedule is January 14 through May 27 on Thursday afternoons, 4-6 p.m. Stephen Minister trainees grow greatly as they learn about helping others—and they learn about themselves. As the members of our congregation grow stronger through this caring ministry, the whole church is built up and made stronger.
If you are interested in Stephen Ministry training or learning more about it, call the church office at (360) 734-5510 or email stephenministry@fpcbellingham.