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Helping the Church BE the Church

This past Sunday morning Tom talked about two of our major Care ministries: Stephen Ministry and Marriage Mentors. Both of these ministries involve members of our congregation coming alongside and serving those looking for care and support.

Stephen Ministry involves trained volunteers providing one-to-one care to anyone in our congregation who is going through a difficult time or new season in life. There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, and if you are struggling with life's challenges and looking for support from a Christian friend, know that there are people here at Grace that want to help. There is an upcoming Stephen Ministry training class beginning in January that you can be a part of. If you are interested in helping others and sharing the love of God that you have received, please check out our website on Stephen Ministry, gfcnow.com/stephen-ministry.

Marriage Mentors is a new ministry where you can be paired with a couple that wants to walk with you through whatever difficulty you are facing and encourage you towards a thriving marriage. Like Stephen Ministry, these mentor couples are not professionals, but rather ordinary people who want to share their experiences. If you are interested in learning more about marriage mentors, please check out our marriage care website, gfcnow.com/marriage-care.

In both of these ministries, volunteers have the opportunity to BE the Church, to act as a loving family to people who are lonely, struggling, or are in pain. As Christians, we believe that everybody is broken, everybody has turned their own way from God, and thus everyone is in need of God’s healing and transforming. Out of your brokenness you can comfort others with the same comfort that you have received. Personal ministry enables us to grow and experience God’s power in our weakness.

If you are wanting to BE the Church and jump in to serving others, or you need to be the recipient of the Church's support and hope, please check out these two ministries on our website and prayerfully consider if these care ministries are right for you.

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