CARE MINISTRIES

See below for more information on:

Stephen Ministry

grieving through the holidays - class/discussion

Night of remembrance

Divorce Care

Care Ministry

Benevolent Fund

Visitations


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STEPHEN MINISTRY

HELP HOPE HEALING IN THE JOURNEY

What is Stephen Ministry?…. Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips laypeople to provide one to one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

Watch Care Receivers Tell Their Stories

A Stephen Minister Is…
1. A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
2. A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his/her caregiving gifts.
3. A layperson with 50 hours of training in providing high-quality, distinctively Christian care.
4. A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
5. Someone who meets faithfully each week with his/her care receiver for as long as there’s a need.

If you would like to become a Stephen Minister, please fill out this application and turn it in to Pastor John Cordova.

Stephen Minister Application

For those looking to receive care from a Stephen Minister:

Stephen Ministers can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as…

  1. Loss of a loved one

  2. Hospitalization

  3. Divorce or Separation

  4. Loneliness or Discouragement

  5. Spiritual Crisis

  6. Unemployment or a job crisis

  7. A terminal illness

  8. Incarceration

  9. Aging

  10. Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility

  11. A Chronic Illness

  12. Relocation

  13. Recovery after an accident or disaster

  14. Many other life challenges

If you would like to meet with a Stephen Minister about any of the above difficulties, please fill out the application below and turn it in to Pastor John Cordova.

Care Receiver Application

For questions, please contact Pastor John – jcordova@gracefellowshipmn.org


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Grieving through the Holidays - Class/Discussion

Tuesdays, October 22nd - November 12th

6:30-8pm | Room 268

The cost for the class is $10.00

The holidays are fast approaching, and you may be dreading their arrival, as you recognize that you will be without your loved one for the first or second time. We understand that this is difficult to share in the holiday spirit with everyone else when you are grieving the loss of a family member or a friend. To help you in your journey of grief, we offer a four-week class called “Grieving Through the Holidays.”

Facilitated by Erin Hente. You may contact Pastor John for more details (763) 425-2246.


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Night of Remembrance

November 15th

7-9pm | Fireside Room (269)

With the holidays fast approaching we understand this can be a particularly difficult time of year as you acknowledge that you will be without your loved one.  Please join us for a night to honor those that you’ve loved and lost.  We ask that you bring a picture of your loved one in a frame, so that we may specifically honor them during the remembrance service.  We ask that you come as you are and allow us to offer prayer and comfort over you on this special evening.  Desserts and refreshments will be provided. 

You may contact Pastor John for more details (763) 425-2246.


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DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT

Wednesdays | 6:30-8pm | Starts Sept 18 | 13 weeks

A new group to help, encourage and heal.

Using a video teaching, workbook and discussion the participants will work through their feelings, next steps, reconciliation and more.

$20 for workbook.

Questions: jcordova@gracefellowshipmn.org


CARE MINISTRY

Hospital visits, prayer or someone to listen.

Contact: Pastor John Cordova

763-425-2246 / jcordova@gracefellowshipmn.org

BENEVOLENT FUND

A ministry funded for members in financial need due to unexpected expenses & family emergencies.

Visit the church office or call for application, 763-425-2246.

VISITATIONS

If you would be interested in a visit by our visitation team, call Pastor John Cordova at 763-425-2246 ext. 236