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    Foundation                 Principles

                   God is Present
                 Caring not Curing
          Non judgmental Presence
                  Active Listening 

What is BeFriender Ministry?

Befriender Ministry is a lay pastoral care program.  Trained by lay persons who wish to enter into a caring relationship with those in need of pastoral care, providing emotional and spiritual support.

How do BeFrienders do this?

BeFrienders provide a nonjudgmental listening presence to those they visit.

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 called to be fully present to each other, not only in this ministry but in all parts of our lives.

   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.

If you are interested in becoming a BeFriender at Nativity please contact Sister Sharon, 701-232-2414 or email: