Frequently Asked Question

Examples include:          

  • Personal, family or friend illnesses (physical or mental)
  • Family crises (financial, stressful extended family relations, etc.)
  • Marital difficulties,
  • Grief (initial, prolonged, or delayed)
  • Job loss or working relationship challenges
  • New baby or empty nest adjustments
  • And, other stressful situations

Stephen Ministry is Christian faith based, but we are prepared to serve persons of other faiths with mutual respect for our respective prayer language and traditions

Stephen Ministers do not practice counseling or therapy.  Stephen Ministers offer reflective listening to their care receivers in shared spiritual centering 

Saint Margaret’s is an Enrolled Stephen Ministry Congregation, certified to provide training, commissioning, and oversight to our Stephen Ministers.  The training equips and empowers lay Stephen Ministry Care Givers to provide high quality care.  Using the Stephen Ministries                training materials, Stephen Ministers complete an initial 40 hour training and study course and participate in regular supervision meetings.  Additional training occurs throughout their service time, according to the needs of the community they serve.

Yes 

Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church, private Pastoral Care Room 

One hour, as frequently as weekly

There is no cost to the Care Receiver

Referrals are approved by Saint Margaret’s clergy.  Potential Care Receivers are consulted concerning a suitable match

The assigned Care Giver and Care Receiver will be of the same gender

Stephen Ministry is designed to serve adults 18 years of age and older

Contact The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn, Interim Rector of Saint Margaret’s at:  phone: 425-746-6650, or email: rector@saintmargarets.org

Yes, our Saint Margaret’s Stephen Ministers serve all qualifying applicant referrals made through our clergy-referral