Stephen Ministry

Humans like being in control, having the power to choose exactly what is going to happen and when.  Unfortunately life isn't like that--we only think we're in control.  So, when something happens and we realize we're not in control, we feel lost, overwhelmed, angry, even terrified.  Stephen Ministers are trained to help when things are out of control.  They provide support and encouragement while helping a person put faith and trust in God. This is a completely confidential service and available to any adult whether or not they are a member of St. Jude's or another faith organization. 

Stephen Ministry also provides and maintains the Care Notes tract racks in the Parish Hall for adults and teenagers. Feel free to take them for your own use or to give to someone else who might need them.

To discuss possibilities, talk with any of our Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders. Judy Bailey is our referrals coordinator. She can be reached at (650) 242-6965. Or call another Stephen leader. Stephen Leaders are: Judith Bailey and Barbara Simmons.

Our current Stephen Ministers are: Bet Messmer, Gordon Mullin, Charlotte Pannell, Laura Bryson and Jan Panell. We continue to seek candidates for Stephen Ministry training and for leader training.  This is a rewarding, life-giving ministry that takes considerable preparation and commitment.

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Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.