Stephen’s Ministers are lay people who are specially trained to provide confidential, extended support for congregation members in need. They do this through listening, prayer, scripture and unconditional acceptance. They are not a substitute for a pastor, but keep pastoral staff informed about their care receivers and immediately refer any serious situation to clergy. At least one Stephen’s Minister is available at each worship service for anyone who wants to engage in prayer on a one-to-one basis. They are trained to make hospital visits and administer communion to those at home who cannot get to church on their own. The group meets on the second and fourth Sunday at 6:30 pm to exchange ideas on helping one another through case challenges. They make it clear to care receivers that they will be with them “for as long as it takes” to get them through critical periods in their lives.