Stephen Ministry Stresses Christian Care
                               Christ Caring for People through People

The United Methodist Church of Green Valley's Stephen Ministry is midway through its second decade of providing "distinctively Christian" care to members of the congregation and others.

Founded by a Lutheran pastor in St. Louis nearly 40 years ago, the ministry is now international and ecumenical in scope, bringing care givers to thousands facing difficult life issues and in need of a listening ear.  The ministry stresses healing comes through Jesus Christ.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members who have received more than 40 hours training to provide, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times.  A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.  Men meet with men and women meet with women.  The relationship between care givers and care receivers is strictly confidential.  Members of the ministry also assist with home communion and also are available to meet with members of the church and guests in the Fireside room for prayers or consultation after Sunday services.

Classes for those interested in joining the ministry are held throughout the year. 

Information is available through Marilyn Neal at (520) 625-6693