It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. “Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.” GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
If you are going through a painful breakup or divorce, you may feel like the life you once knew is crashing down around you. You need help to gather the pieces and “rebuild” yourself from the ground up. Rebuilding features Bruce Fisher’s “divorce process rebuilding blocks,” a proven-effective, nineteen-step process for putting one’s life back together after divorce.
We have Stephen Ministry because God calls every one of us to love and care for one another. The Holy Spirit has blessed us all with gifts for ministry. Stephen Ministry provides a place where those who have the gifts for caring ministry can put them to use in a meaningful way. Stephen Ministers are the “After People”. They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long as needed after a life altering event.
Who Benefits From Stephen Ministry? The most obvious answer is the person who receives care. He or she no longer has to walk alone through life’s struggles. A Stephen Minister walks alongside this person for as long as he or she need care, bringing Jesus’ unconditional love and acceptance to the person.