Learn about our ministry of supportive, listening and caring friends for those going through a difficult time.
BeFriender program leaders train and support BeFrienders in offering care, a nonjudgmental presence, and active listening. BeFrienders receive training on topics such as: grief and loss, spirituality, listening, confidentiality and communication.
BeFrienders also participate in regular small group meetings with the supervision of the BeFriender leadership team. The meetings provide accountability and growth, and assist BeFrienders in their ability to listen, to be nonjudgmental, and to put aside their own prejudices or desire to give advice.
A BeFriender is someone who listens with compassion, accepts people as they are, respects another’s spiritual journey, and embodies the caring presence of God. BeFrienders provide pastoral care for people in all kinds of difficult and transitional situations. They are trained volunteers who extend the care of a faith community. BeFrienders provide pastoral care through a listening presence for anyone experiencing: hospitalization, cancer or chronic illness, families of deployed military, resident of a skilled nursing facility, addiction, post-partum depression, stress of being a caregiver, death of a loved one, loneliness, getting married or divorced, blending families, “empty nest” syndrome, becoming a parent or parenting challenges, relationship issues, being a victim of random violence, being abused or abusing others, imprisonment, major life decisions, relocation, job loss or career change, financial worries, buying or losing a home, trauma or natural disaster, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, any other need for pastoral care.
If you would like to become a BeFriender or would like a BeFriender to talk with you about your situation of life, please contact Pastor Sue Wallager, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church 763-421-4656.
Four times a year, Zion hosts up to four families for a week overnight. Our next session is March 17-24, 2019. Volunteer opportunities include driving, dish washing, dinner, overnight, evening activities, set-up and take down and laundry.read more
Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) programs resumed in January and we are looking for dedicated volunteers like YOU! If interested or for more information please call 763-421-4656 or e-mail a CYF team member.read more
Zion partners with other area churches driving for Meals on Wheels and we take our turn every 6 weeks. There are 7 routes requiring a total of 35 volunteers each week.read more
Every summer a team of Zion volunteers led by Bill Norquist and Sylvan Flaten set off for a Habitat for Humanity site in the Twin Cities to build a house for a family in need.read more
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