In the past five years, 30 people in our Parish have answered the call and have gone through training to become Stephen Ministers. These are ordinary people who have a gift for listening to others in a compassionate way in their time of need. Might you also have this gift?
The Stephen Ministry program at St. Anastasia provides confidential, one-on-one, Christ-centered care to individuals who are grieving, seriously ill, separated or divorced, unemployed, depressed, or hurting in any way. Stephen Ministers visit with these people on a weekly basis in order to let them know they are loved and cared about. In Fr. JJ’s homily last week, he spoke about a nurse who cared for a man in the hospital suffering through cancer treatments. The man was depressed and isolating himself from others. Each day that the nurse came to work at the hospital, she would bring the man a cup of tea and just sit with him. At first he didn’t want to talk, but gradually he began to trust her and felt cared for. He soon left the hospital and began to heal. Later he said “she saved his life with a cup of tea.”
This is a good description of what Stephen Ministers do.
Each year in the fall (one night a week thru April), we begin a new series of classes that train those interested in becoming Stephen Ministers. While attending these classes, you would receive exceptional and thorough training in caring ministry skills and concepts such as listening, empathy, and grief, just to name a few.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Stephen Minister, or know someone who could benefit from a Stephen Minister, please call Kim Houseman in the Christian Service office at 248-689-8380 Ext. 112.