Stephen Ministers are lay people committed to serving both members of St. Peter and members of our community. Becoming a Stephen Minister involves thirty hours of training and then being commissioned to serve. Stephen Ministers serve as leaders for our GriefShare support group. They are also involved in greeting at worship services and organizing and serving at an annual birthday celebration for our older members and at an anniversary party honoring those couples married fifty or more years. Individuals also make regular contact through cards, calls, and visits with our homebound members. When one of our members experiences the loss of a loved one, a Stephen Minister will follow up with cards of remembrance and also make him/herself available to listen and care. Stephen Ministers are trained in one-on- one listening care for anyone experiencing any kind of crisis, whether it be an “empty nest,” job loss, health challenges, or divorce. Although they are not counselors, they are good listeners and “sounding boards.” If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, or if you are wanting to meet with a Stephen Minister, contact the Church Office at (586) 781-3434.
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Often, friends and family want to help you, but don’t know how. That’s the reason for GriefeShare. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives. We understand how you feel because we’ve been in the same place. We will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future.
Our group upholds both God’s Design for marriage and God’s Love for all by supporting people with family members and friends who struggle with same-sex attraction and gender identification issues.
We don’t judge or condemn but we don’t compromise either. It’s a difficult place to be but we follow God’s Word closely in our attempt to love, support and maintain relationships with our loved ones without compromising our beliefs, values and principles.
We meet the third Thursday of the month. For more information you can contact us by phone or email.