Healing & Helping

Learn & Practice

A note from Fr. Steve Hassett:

It is not easy to admit we need help.

Our society rewards self-sufficiency and independence and strength. Admitting we are struggling, acknowledging our own weaknesses is counter-cultural and requires humility and faith. But we all experience challenge and adversity at times; we all need help occasionally.

Just as Jesus called disciples to accompany him in his ministry of healing, and commissioned them to go out in teams to the towns and villages of Galilee, we too are called into discipleship in community.

The ministry of healing and helping in community is a ministry of all the members of a church. By virtue of our baptism we are all called to be ministers of Christ.

Whether you need help or can offer help, I invite each one of you to be part of our Healing and Helping Ministries.

Have you ever experienced one of these situations?

  • Loss of a loved one.
  • Hospitalization – for yourself or a loved one.
  • Terminal illness – in oneself or a loved one.
  • Going through a divorce.
  • Children leaving home.
  • New to the community.
  • Convalescing at home or in an institution.
  • Home-bound or in a nursing home.
  • Recent birth of a child
  • Significant financial problems.
  • Unemployment
  • Single parent.
  • Preparing to move away.

If you have ever experienced one of these or many other life challenges you might benefit from one of the Healing and Helping Ministries:

Eucharistic Visitors
Eucharistic Visitors are trained and licensed to take communion to the home-bound and hospitalized. Eucharistic visitors share this ministry with St Stephen’s clergy. To receive a visit from clergy or a Eucharistic Visitor, please contact Steve or Rev Jane

Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a ministry of practical care providing meals, rides, and other household errands for people in short-term need (after an illness, new baby, or other major life event).
If you are in need of a helping hand, contact Sara Nelson

Lay Chaplain
In Spring 2017 St. Stephen’s introduced an exciting new lay pastoral care program, the Lay Chaplain Program. The program trains lay persons to provide pastoral care to people with a wide range of needs. Anything  from people living in residential facilities in need of spiritual companionship, to people experiencing challenging life-changing circumstances who need spiritual and pastoral support. The program is comprised of twelve initial modules over 8 – 10 weeks, and ongoing monthly training thereafter. The program is designed to include opportunities for participants own spiritual growth and formation as well as basic pastoral care skills. Please contact Rev. Jane ( or 254-3770 x 15) if you want to learn more.

Prayer Groups
Prayer Groups are teams of people who pray for the specific needs of our community and the world. At St. Stephen’s they pray daily at Morning Prayer, weekly at our Wednesday Eucharist, and monthly at meetings of our Intercessory Prayer Group. To join the group or be added to the prayer list, contact Fr Steve or Rev Jane