“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.Bear with one another…”
— Colossians 3:12-13

Care Ministries

Are you or someone you know experiencing job loss, financial difficulties, divorce, grief, loneliness, illness, empty nest, or any other difficult situations? You might consider getting together with a BeFriender. A BeFriender is trained to provide a confidential, non-judgmental listening presence to those they visit. They are not counselors and do not give advice; they listen with compassion and pray with those they visit.

The BeFriender Ministry embodies the caring presence of God, brings comfort, is a connection to the community of faith, and serves as a tangible reminder of God’s love and grace. BeFrienders (volunteer lay ministers) provide pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness, or loss of a loved one. They embody the caring presence of God and of the community and serve as a living reminder of God’s love. By providing spiritual and emotional care, BeFrienders provide an opportunity for those they befriend to make choices and to grow.

If you feel a BeFriender could offer the support you desire, please contact:
Pastor Jon Larson – (651) 738-3110 or jon.larson@kingofkingswoodbury.org
Dave Roseen – (651) 380-5025 or droseen1@comcast.net
Eunice Haagensted – (651) 731-0988 or eunice@haagensted.com

What is BeFriender Ministry?
BeFriender Ministry is a lay pastoral care program. Trained lay persons enter into caring relationships with those in need of pastoral care, providing emotional and spiritual support.

How do BeFrienders do this?
BeFrienders provide a non-judgemental listening presence to those they visit.

How much counseling is involved in befriending?
BeFrienders are not counselors and do not give advice.

Are BeFrienders expected to solve problems?
BeFrienders listen; they do not solve problems or impose solutions. BeFrienders also discern with the people they visit whether referrals to professionals or agencies are appropriate.

How long is training?
A BeFriender candidate receives about 20 hours of training and serves a short internship before becoming a BeFriender.

What topics are covered in training?
The training addresses issues such as grief and loss, spirituality, listening, and confidentiality. Many of the skills learned are applicable to any relationship in a person’s life in addition to BeFriender relationships.

Being a friend seems natural, so why is training necessary?
Being a friend does come naturally to many people. However, skills such as active listening and offering respectful, non-judgmental responses can benefit from training. BeFriender Ministry training enhances gifts and qualities the person already has. And God always has more in store for us to learn!

Is there ongoing support for BeFrienders?
Yes. BeFrienders meet regularly in supervised small groups for reflection on their ministry and continuing education.

As a volunteer; I want to grow personally and spiritually. Does BeFriender Ministry provide opportunities for growth?
Yes. BeFrienders learn to appreciate both the commonality and individuality among people. Respect for others is deepened, as is awareness that we are all called to be fully present to each other, not only in this ministry but in all parts of our lives.

BeFrienders often gain a deeper understanding of unity in Christ by learning to more deeply value the experience and perspective of each person they encounter. BeFriending demonstrates how Christ calls us to be together in our joy as well as our pain.

What do BeFrienders do?
BeFrienders (volunteer lay ministers) provide pastoral care to people in difficult and transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness, or loss of a loved one. They embody the caring presence of God and of the community and serve as a living reminder of God’s love.
BeFrienders are trained to provide a listening presence to others, not to be experts in whatever situation they might encounter. The core concepts and skills learned enable a BeFriender to enter into any situation and provide compassionate, empathic care. BeFrienders can be called upon in crisis situations just as they would be in non-crisis situations. Whatever the circumstances of the person being befriended, a BeFriender can be a companion.

BeFrienders accept people as they are without telling them how they should be, listen with compassion without giving advice, and allow others to make their own decisions without trying to decide for them. By providing spiritual and emotional care, BeFrienders provide an opportunity for those they befriend to make choices and to grow.

The purpose of this ministry is to be available to bring comfort and the love of Christ to those who are in the hospital or nursing home or who are home bound. We do this by utilizing compassionate volunteers who represent the care and concern of our congregation.

We believe that we are all members one to another and that therefore if one member suffers we all suffer together (1 Corinthians 12:26). We also believe that everyone in the community of faith has gifts that help us to be the hands and feet of God in the world and that some among us have the gifts of compassion and mercy for providing care to those who are hurting and lonely in our congregation.

Our Visitation Ministers have been trained and commissioned to provide such care to those in our congregation who are home bound, living in a care facility, or are in the hospital.

Visitation Ministers are available to:
• Share the love of God with those who are hurting and lonely
• Pray for you
• Read scripture with you
• Keep people connected to the congregation
• Be a friendly and comforting face

Contact: For more information on the Visitation Ministry, contact Pastor Jon at jon.larson@kingofkingswoodbury.org

The King of Kings Prayer Shawl Group knits and crochets shawls for those going through difficult times within our church home and community. At each monthly meeting, members turn in, label and bind the prayer shawls that have been completed during the previous month, discuss the current level of need for different sizes/types of shawls, read thank you notes that they receive, and most importantly, spend time knitting or crocheting on our current shawl projects.

Anyone who likes to knit or crochet shawls is encouraged to join as well as those who would like to learn how – we have many able teachers, instruction books, and materials. There are few more tangible and lasting ways to show someone how much God loves them than with a shawl crafted by prayerful, loving hands as a warm embrace whenever they need it.
When: First Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Holy Grounds Cafe
Who: Anyone who likes to knit, from experts to beginners.
Contact: For more information on the Prayer Shawl Ministry, contact LeeAnn Behling at leeann.behling@gmail.com or 651.756.7899.

Altar Prayer Ministers share in the celebration, suffering, and concerns of worshippers at King of Kings. Prayer Ministers are members who have a passionate heart for praying with others. Watch for more details about when the Altar Prayer Ministers will be available, then come share your joys or concerns and experience the life changing power of prayer.

Contact: Interested in becoming a prayer minister? Contact Mary Ann Holton at kokprayerministry@gmail.com.

Caring Casseroles is designed to provide a meal(s) to individuals and families in our church and community who are “in need” due to surgeries, illness, new baby, death in the family, and other unforeseen circumstances. If you like to cook or serve and help others, join us. When a need for meals arises, an email comes to you with the dates needed. You respond and bring a simple meal to a very appreciative family.

Contact: To learn more about Caring Casseroles and how to become a volunteer cook, contact Dawn Swenson at dchefd4@aol.com or 651-731-4901

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Patty Bishop
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