Stephen Ministry: Walking Alongside in Lent

“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’” – Psalm 91:1-2

As we enter the season of Lent, we will hear in the Scriptures about the pain and passion of Jesus’ suffering and death before we celebrate the good news of resurrection and new life.  While we have a season in the church year called ‘Lent,’ we can find ourselves in season of ‘lent’ at other times of the year as well. We may experience times in our lives that try our souls with overwhelming responsibilities and grief.  We may experience times of brokenness, despair, pain, or suffering so deep that we do not know where to turn. God does not promise that Christians will be exempt from hardship, pain and grief.  But God does provide companions to walk alongside us in times when the journey is difficult. A Stephen Minister may be just the companion you need for a time to walk with you through a tough part of your journey.  A Stephen Minister is a one-on-one distinctively Christian, confidential companion that is trained in listening and being present with persons going through difficult times.

If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, please contact the church office (783-3380), or Stephen Leader, Nancy Quinlisk at (608) 792-5603.

At OUMC, our Stephen Ministers are in one-on-one caring relationships. CareNotes are also available in the literature rack outside the Heritage Room. CareNotes offer information on a variety of topics such as grieving the loss of loved ones; living with cancer; and dealing with stress.

You can recognize our trained Stephen Ministers at church by their blue Stephen Ministry nametags.  Any of them can answer your questions about Stephen Ministry.