Church offers caring ministry |

Church offers caring ministry

Special to the Glenwood Post Independent

The First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs recently began the Stephen Ministry, which allows it to reach out to more people with Christian care.

Through the ministry, a team of First United Methodist members known as Stephen Ministers has been equipped to provide quality Christian care to people facing a variety of personal crises, such as loss of a loved one, divorce, terminal illness, unemployment, hospitalization or spiritual crisis.

Stephen Ministry is now used in more than 8,000 congregations from 100 denominations.

On Sunday, March 30, the First United Methodist Church commissioned six Stephen Ministers: Bonnie Broetzman, Shari DiDonato, Kim Henrie, June Robinson, Melanie Rossow and Charles Steffen. These caregivers will serve under the leadership of the Rev. Robert Sewell, Randy Henrie and Sandy Ketchum, the Stephen leaders at the church.

The ministers received 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving skills, covering topics such as active listening, distinctively Christian care, confidentiality and crisis theory.

The ministers will meet twice a month with their leaders for continuing education.

The First United Methodist Church expects the Stephen Ministry to be a source of warmth, care and blessing for years to come, enabling the entire congregation to grow as a nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for and their needs taken seriously, all in the name of Jesus Christ.

For more information about the ministry, call the church office at 945-6232.

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