It is helping people in need of spiritual counsel, wisdom and direction. It also involves meeting the needs of people in concrete ways by providing meals, providing rides to appointments and visiting the homebound.
Some of the ways we care for the needs of the people God has entrusted to us:
Healing Meals, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Prayers including Healing Prayer Services, the Birthday Card Ministry, Smitten With Knittin’, and Stephen Ministry.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Pastoral Care Team offer much needed assistance to others such as providing occasional transportation for doctor visits; bringing meals in to sick parishioners; occasionally running small errands for parishioners temporarily unable to do so on their own; and supporting people in prayer. One way to request prayer for yourself or others is to fill out a prayer request card found in the pews and to place it in the collection plate.
Prayer and Healing Prayer
Birthday Card Ministry
Smitten With Knittin'
Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of Trinity are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation and community. This will multiply the amount of caring ministry Trinity can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis or experiencing other stresses in life.
Why Lay Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The responsibility for passing on God’s love is for all Christians, not just for a chosen few. God has given us all gifts for ministry and called us to put those gifts to use. Stephen Ministry is a way people with special gifts for caring ministry can use those gifts to bring Christ’s love to people in need.
Why Stephen Ministry?
We have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or challenges. Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request or receive the level of care they really need. With only one pastor for a congregation of the size of Trinity, you can quickly see why it would be impossible for Fr. Mac to meet every single need of every single person. Stephen Ministry expands the care we can offer by equipping and organizing members to provide Christian care. This gives us a larger pool of people with gifts, skills, and calling to bring Christ’s love and care to those who most need it.
Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry?
Everybody benefits from Stephen Ministry. Those receiving care from Stephen Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis they face. Stephen Ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Fr. Mac benefits because caring ministry at Trinity is expanded, and fewer people slip through the cracks. Most of all you benefit from the knowledge that special care is available to you should you need it. In addition, you now have a place where you can refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, relative, or anyone else you know who is going through a difficult time so that they can receive special care when they need it most. Stephen Ministry makes Trinity a much more caring place!
Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers are members of Trinity who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide high-quality Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge. Stephen Ministers are each assigned a care receiver and meet with that care receiver for about an hour a week. This caring relationship will last for as long as the care receiver needs it. If you would like more information on how to receive care from one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does Stephen Ministry work?
When someone requests a Stephen Minister, Fr. Mac, will meet with that person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether Stephen Ministry is the kind of care that person needs. Our Referrals Coordinators then match that person with one of our available Stephen Ministers. The Stephen Minister will then call that person and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour each week as long as the need for care is there. Everything is kept confidential. The Stephen Minister doesn’t try to solve problems; rather he or she listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.