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The Stephen Ministry
Leader: Barbara Foster


The Stephen Ministry is an international and inter-denominational religious and educational organization whose mission is to train and organize lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care for persons who would benefit by the presence of a trained ear. The Steven Ministers of St. Mary’s by the Sea provide comfort to bereaved and hospitalized persons, the terminally ill, separated and divorced individuals, the unemployed, and to any others facing a life crisis or challenge. In this role as trained caregivers, the Stephen Ministers support the clergy by providing special caring to those in need.

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13)


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