Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Are you going through a difficult time or struggling with a crisis in life?

A Stephen Minister can help provide emotional and spiritual support to those who are hurting.  A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. It’s confidential, free and very helpful.

Stephen Ministry is appropriate for people experiencing

  • grief
  • divorce
  • cancer
  • chronic illness
  • terminal illness
  • job loss
  • loss of a home
  • military deployment
  • loneliness
  • spiritual crisis
  • or other life struggles

Stephen Leaders have received special training to train, equip, and support Stephen Ministers in our congregation. Stephen Leaders first meet with those seeking care to assess their needs, and then they match the care receiver with an appropriate Stephen Minister. The Stephen Minister will usually care for one person at a time, and meet with that person for about an hour each week.

Brochures are available at the Welcome Center and the church office for more information. Please contact one of the Stephen Leaders (stephenministry@cypresslakeumc.com) or the church office, if you or someone you know could benefit from the care and support of a Stephen Minister.

Congregational Care

The Visitation Team, a Congregational Care ministry, visits church members and attendees that may not be able to attend worship due to illness or age. Congregational Care is also available to visit those in the hospital or experiencing a health crisis. The team is currently made up of about 15 people who make about 60 visits each month to those homebound, in assisted living, nursing homes, etc. There are also three teams that serve communion to those people once a month. Team members meet every two months to discuss their visits and to lift one another up in  ministry. If you wish to join the visitation teams, or know someone that would benefit from visitation, visit the Welcome Center and they will put you in touch with Joan Ball or Pastor Joe Wingard, team leaders.

Please notify the church office if you are admitted to the hospital and wish to receive care. We have cards available at the Welcome Center to which you can add your name, and then keep the card in your wallet or purse.  Due to HIPAA privacy regulations, hospitals will NOT contact your church without your express permission.  Give the card to a hospital representative, or have a relative or friend notify us of your hospital admission, so that we may provide you with congregational care.

Grief Share

GriefShare, a 13 week session featuring video seminars, a support discussion group and a workbook, is for those grieving the death of a family member or friend.  It is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Click here to learn more about what GriefShare is, and how you may benefit.

GriefShare is offered frequently at Cypress Lake. Call or email the church office if you are interested in participating.

Prayer Requests

God hears all of our concerns, spoken or unspoken. Let us pray with you in your time of difficulty.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”  – Jeremiah 29:12