Dear West Vancouver United Church Friends:
Our congregation is now in the midst of exciting developments in the area of caring ministry. Three dedicated persons from our congregation — Ally Murray, Bob Pearmain and Gwen Carpenter — along with myself, recently attended a week-long training course in Anaheim, CA where we learned how to implement Stephen Ministry, a program of lay caring ministry for our congregation. Our instruction taught us to become Stephen Leaders who equip, encourage and supervise lay people in caring ministry. Stephen Ministry will be built upon the foundational commitment to caring ministry that has been a hallmark of West Vancouver United Church. It will exist alongside all of the current forms of caring ministry.
Now, we need to find men and women of our congregation who are willing to answer the call to serve as Stephen Ministers by being part of WVUC’s first training course this Fall. This training will be led by your Stephen Leaders and will