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First United Methodist Church of Huntsville has a vibrant and active Stephen Ministry which has been in place since 2009.  The role of Stephen Ministry is to provide a lay ministry whereby a Stephen Minister (Care Giver) meets with a member of the congregation or community (Care Receiver) for confidential one-to-one Christian care.  Prayer, scripture reading, a listening ear and a caring heart are part of this ministry and usually occurs during a difficult transition period such as death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, family or financial discord.  The relationship occurs between persons of the same gender and is scheduled generally once a week for an hour at a mutually agreed on safe setting.  This is not mental health counseling.  Stephen Ministers receive 50+ hours of initial education, ongoing supervision and continuing education.

For more information, contact Marjorie Bray, Director of Caring Ministries at marjorie@huntsvillefumc.org or 936-295-5441.