Congregational Care

CONGREGATIONAL CARE 

We demonstrate Christ’s love by caring for those in need in the congregation and community by providing structure, support (spiritual, emotional and physical), resources, and training. 
If you'd like to learn more about Harvest's congregational care ministry or if you know of someone that needs care, contact the church office.

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Stephen Ministry
Stephen Leaders: Sybil Porter & Erica Wheatley


Stephen Ministers demonstrate Christ's love by providing high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, 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. Once a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.  

People interested in becoming Stephen Ministers should consider the following guidelines:

Gifts – Do you have the gift of mercy or healing? Do you show compassion and give encouragement to those in need? Are you a good listener?

Commitment – As a Stephen Minister you will devote time and energy to the ministry and will have the opportunity to make a major difference in another person’s life. 

Training – You will be fully trained before you are asked to provide care.  You will learn about listening, maintaining appropriate boundaries, confidentiality and many other aspects of care giving.   After completing the initial training, there are periodic continuing education sessions which will help you stay current in your skills.

Support -- You will receive regular support, encouragement and guidance from your Stephen Leaders and fellow Stephen Ministers by participating in monthly supervision meetings.  Your Stephen Leaders are also available to meet one-on-one with you if you require additional guidance in your care giving relationship.

Prayer – Prayerfully seek God’s guidance as you consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

To discuss your interest in becoming a Stephen Minister, or  if you would benefit from having a Stephen Minister walk with you through a difficult period, contact the Church Office  


Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon  
 
Due to Covid, these groups are not meeting at Harvest.
 
AA information is available at the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Web Site.