Church
 

1580 Route 376
Wappingers Falls
NY 12590
(845) 462-0810

We are on our Summer worship schedule with one Sunday service at 10:00a.m.


 

 

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

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A Stephen Minister Is

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages
  • Someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there's a need

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life- times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty, such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crises
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry; the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

Stephen Ministry Is Your Ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution- equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide. Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting- both congregation members and nonmembers alike.

Stephen Ministry in Our Congregation

Stephen Ministry Training Classes begin Wednesday, September 29 at 9:00 a.m. and will be held weekly. If you are interested in the Stephen Ministry and have questions, contact any Stephen Minister or Leader for further assistance.

Contact Information

  • Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator: Rev. Keith Tamlyn
  • (845) 462-0810, ext. 101
  • parishhealth@nhrc-church.org

For more information about Stephen Ministries, visit www.stephenministries.org

The Stephen Ministry Leadership Team

Mary Lou Grott, and Rev. Keith Tamlyn

Current Stephen Ministers

Jean Joyce, Arra Mowry, Hazel Gregson, Christine Andrews, Tina Paige-Cogan, Sharon Myers-Hoffman, Sue Kimmerle, and Linda Martin, Mary Ann Bahnsen, Anna Edel, Peggy Long, Helen Rullman, and Sherry Seney.