Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Thursday, August 18, 2022
growing together

Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.
  • Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
  • Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?
  • Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?
  • Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares? 
  •  Everyone goes through difficult times.  Having someone to care, to listen, to share God's love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.
    What is a Stephen Minister?
    A Stephen Minister is...
  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
  • a caring Christian friend who really listens;
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
  •  A Stephen Minister is NOT... 
  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem-solver
  • a casual visitor      
  • Stephen Ministers Are Called to Be Caregivers

    Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
    Encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
    God is the Curegiver
    Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you. (Psalm 55:22)
    Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
    Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

    Stephen Ministry helps meet the needs of individuals who are...

    • hospitalized
    • terminally ill
    • bereaved
    • in a job crisis
    • new members of the church
    • disabled
    • homebound
    • lonely
    • in a spiritual crisis
    • looking for a caring, Christian friend
    If you think you may need a Stephen Minister or would like more information, please email a Stephen Ministry leader at You may also call Margie Ashburn 804-822-1423.