Our congregation was invited to attend Stephen Ministry’s continuing education, the evening of February 14, with the focus on Abuse & Domestic Violence.
Twelve Stephen Ministers plus guests attended, including a representative from The Youth Ministry Committee and from The United Methodist Women. We heard an excellent presentation by Stacey Womack and her husband Jerry, from ARMS. Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services is a faith-based, interdenominational, local organization.
ARMS provides educational counseling and awareness to individual faced with domestic abuse. It encourages beliefs and behaviors that heal and promote healthy life styles.
A copy of the ARMS handout from Stacey Womack is located in our church library on the Stephen Ministry shelf. It covers —
- What is domestic abuse?
- What to do and not to do when domestic abuse is the issue
- What about the abuser? Working with abusers
- Types of domestic abuse
- How prepared is your church to serve victims of abuse?
- Twelve reasons why couple’s counseling is not recommended when domestic violence is present
Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services
PO Box 663
Hillsboro, OR 97123
The UMW representative later informed us that Domestic Abuse is one of several national social action issues of United Methodist Women and has been chosen to be the primary focus for the Oregon/Idaho Conference UMW for 2012. It will be the theme of their Fall Conference Meeting next October in Caldwell, Idaho. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Everyone attending felt that Stacey & Jerry’s presentation was very informative and helpful. Also each person was given 2 long-stemmed red roses as a reminder of God’s love.