We are a congregation of people on a journey of faith.
702 North St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Phone: 608.837.5554

Caring Ministries

There are many ways to stay active and involved in the community and ministry as an adult and through your older ages.

If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, please contact
Brad Mather at 837-5554, ext. 105 or email: brad@sunprairieumc.org

Stephen Ministry

A Stephen Minister is Christian layperson who has significant training to be a nonjudgmental listener. They are not a therapist or counselor.  The care receiver must be at least 18 years old, but need not be a member of Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Stephen Ministers and care receivers will always be of the same gender. Meetings of Stephen Minister & Care Receiver are strictly one-to-one and can last for weeks or years, depending upon the need. Usually the meetings occur weekly, for one hour and are held at a location and time convenient to both parties.  These meetings are strictly confidential.

If you are hurting there is a person who wants to listen to you – a person who realizes it can take a considerable amount of time for the hurt to diminish. A Stephen Minister is that person. He or she is a trained Christian listener who is willing and ready to walk the journey with you.

Would you like to be a part of a ministry that gives people care and support when they need it most, while making a difference in your own life? Consider becoming a Stephen Minister!

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who provide one-to-one caring ministry to people experiencing grief, illness, divorce, loneliness, job loss, hospitalization, and many other life difficulties.

As a Stephen Minister, you’ll be equipped to provide a very high level of care. After your training, our Stephen Leaders will match you with someone in need of care – men are matched with men, women with women. You’ll meet with that person once a week to listen, care, pray, encourage, and reflect Christ’s presence in his or her life. Stephen Ministry is life-changing for both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister. As an added bonus, your Stephen Minister skills can enhance relationships in other areas of your life as well.

If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone else (inside or outside our congregation), contact Pastor Jenny, Pastor Brad or one of our Stephen Leaders listed below. Our next 50 hour training schedule begins January 4 and will meet Thursday evenings at 6:30 at the Wesley House.

If God has been calling you to become a Stephen Minister to give care to others who are in need, please complete an application form (in the Literature Nook in the Narthex), and return it to the church office or to one of the Stephen Leaders by December 1. Interviews with applicants will be a week later.

Stephen Leaders Pastor Jenny, Pastor Brad, Pat Harper, Bonnie Kott, Dave Heinle, Mike McGaffin, Herb Quandt

Stephen Ministers Emily Acheson (Sherman Ave UMC), JoAnne Berschet, Doug Disch, Siv Goulding (Monona UMC), Cheri Hiller, Cyndy Hoffman (Sherman Ave UMC), Pat Jacobus (Monona UMC), Dick Jellings, Barb Mathiot, Laura Meixner, Connie Meyer, Barb Nelson, Herb Quandt, Lillian Quandt

To discuss having a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Jenny or any of our Stephen Leaders: Pat Harper, Bonnie Kott, Frank Gaylord, George Kaminski, Dave Heinle, Jane Daniels or Mike McGaffin.

Community Worship

We lead devotional services at The Lighthouse, Prairie Garden, Brookdale, Kindred Hearts and Colonial View Apartments during the second week of each month.

Dining Out Group

Anyone who enjoys the company of others while enjoying a good meal is welcome! We’ll gather at a restaurant once a month. The agenda is eating with conversation … a great time!

Friendly Visitors

A group of people in our congregation make a “once-a-month” visit to elderly and/or shut in members. A friendly visit to help those who find it difficult to participate in our regular activities to still feel connected to the church.

XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest)

XYZ, our fellowship group for retired folks, meets every third Tuesday of the month. Includes a programming time and lunch.