Pastoral Care

“All praise to God … He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us."  -2 Corinthians, The Message 

St. Stephen’s Care Ministry

Care and support is offered by Pastor Bruce and our visitation pastor, Pastor Herb along with our Home Communion Team. The Pastors and the Home Communion Team are available to help provide support when there is:

  • a serious illness

  • a hospitalization

  • a transition into or between long-term care facilities

  • a stressful marital or family situation (conflict/separation/divorce)

  • significant loss or change in life (death of a loved one, loss of job, etc) 

  • handicaps, chronic illnesses, personal challenges calling for special care

  • serious or stressful financial challenges/problems

  • serious loneliness or sense a of "not being connected" to the faith community at St. Stephen

Short Term

We know that times of illness and recovery can be very stressful for individuals and their families. Your faith community at St. Stephen is able to offer you spiritual care and support during these times. If you are hospitalized, in a rehabilitation facility or are recuperating at home, please let us know so that we can arrange to visit you and provide you with conversation, Holy Communion, and prayer.
*Please remember: Hospitals will not automatically contact the church due to privacy laws; the request for visitation must come from the member or his/her immediate family.*

Long Term
There are long-term situations (illness, decreased mobility, anxiety etc.) that can isolate you from your faith community and keep you from worship experiences, receiving Holy Communion, or participating in fellowship or service opportunities. St. Stephen is committed to keeping you connected by offering a variety of care opportunities including: Pastoral Care visits by our Pastors and/or our Home Communion Team Holy Communion, prayer, bulletins, sermons and worship CD’s.