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Grace Lutheran’s Stephen Ministry is a response to God’s love and Jesus’ command to “Love one another, even as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)  Stephen Ministers are trained congregation members to answer this call by “being there” for people who need a caring presence during the struggles of life. They are ready to come alongside individuals—or their friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support when needed. By establishing one-to-one caring and confidential relationships with their Stephen Minister, these individuals receive the love and care they need to support them through difficult times. 


Stephen Ministers commit to serving for at least 2 years, receive 50 hours of training and meet with a care receiver for an hour each week. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry at Grace or if you would like to explore receiving the care and support of a Stephen Minister yourself please contact the church office at 217-522-3965.


CLICK HERE to see Stephen Ministry videos of care receivers talking about the value of having a Stephen Minister.  


Prayers of Grace Ministry

“The Lord is near to all who call on him…”

                                                Psalm 145:18


The purpose of our Prayer Ministry is to actively encourage and promote prayer within the life of the church.  If you are in need of prayer or would like to join the Prayer Chain please call or email the church office at…Include church phone number and email here.


4:24 Prayer Time

Join us each day at 4:24 as we take a moment to pray.  Set the time on your phone or your calendar.  Let us come together as the body of Christ and lift our prayers to God, our Father who loves us.



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