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Stephen Ministry: When all the World is Rejoicing, Why am I the Only One In Pain?

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, but for many of us it brings sadness and painful memories. A trained Stephen Minister can provide Christian support and a listening ear during this difficult season.

Is this your first Christmas season without a loved one? An otherwise joyous time might feel very painful. The family is smaller now as you gather round the table. You keep thinking of the way it was. You miss your loved one. At this difficult time, a trained Stephen Minister is willing to walk this journey with you. Your Stephen Minister will listen while you work through your sorrow or pain.

Join us for a special service of worship, “The Longest Night,” on Sunday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This service will be a quiet, meditative observance of Advent offering prayer, reading of scripture, music, lighting of candles, and intentional silence. If this holiday season finds you mourning the loss of a loved one, coping with periods of darkness, seeking quiet contemplative space, or longing to be of support for those in need of healing, there is a place for you here.

Please contact Hillary Bergman Cheek, Interim Associate Pastor, at or (919) 929-2102 or visit the Stephen Ministry page of the UPC website to learn more.

Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for, and encourage you; pray with and for you; and provide one-to-one Christian care to help you through whatever it is that you are facing. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers, and women are matched with female Stephen Ministers. It’s free. It’s confidential. And it will make a difference in your life!