Saint Michael's is a Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministers are church members who have received special training to provide high quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, coping with a cancer diagnosis, going through a divorce or separation, battling a chronic illness (or caring for a spouse or parent who is chronically ill), experiencing a great deal of stress, facing the loss of a job -- or encountering any of countless other life challenges. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. (Males are matched with males, and females are matched with females.) The caring relationship lasts for as long as the person needs care. It's free and it's a powerful way you can help a hurting friend. To learn how to connect someone you know with a Stephen Minister, or to explore the training for this ministry please email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for to be contacted by one of our Stephen Leaders: Fr Matthew Cowden or Deacon Cindy VanParys.