Stephen Ministry

The mission of Stephen Ministry is to help congregations equip God's people for spiritual growth and Christ-centered, practical ministry. People sometimes experience challenges and trials which are not easily overcome alone. Stephen Ministers provide encouragement and support through the rough spots in life.


Stephen Ministers receive specialized training by Stephen Leaders and other qualified professionals to help others during times of trial such as grief, unemployment, loneliness, financial challenges, health concerns, family crisis, or any of the other myriad disturbances in life. In addition to their initial training, all Stephen Ministers receive on-going education and peer-to-peer supervision.


Stephen Ministry in our congregation uses these trained and supervised lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to others.  Stephen Ministers are not counselors or social workers and their role is only to listen and to care, not to give advice or direction.


Since 1997 the Community Church has trained over 60 Stephen Ministers and we currently have over 30 individuals, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, serving as active Stephen Ministers.


In addition to one-to-one support, our Stephen Ministry program helps to coordinate a number of other resources available for those in need, such as a Grief Support Group, Men's & Women's Luncheon Groups, Nine Hole putting group, health care equipment available for borrowing, and resources for dementia support.


Our Stephen Ministry Leaders are John & Cary Pasnau, Gary & Deborah Etcheson and Laura Spolum. If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry, whether because you wish to become a Stephen Minister or you want to talk about some of the resources available, please contact any of the above people or call the Church office 480.471.7239.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Verdes Prayer Shawl Ministry began at our church six years ago.  We have currently given more than 430 shawls, which have been hand-knitted or crocheted by ladies from both the Community Church of the Verdes and  the St. Dominic Mission, to men and women who are experiencing grief, surgery, cancer treatment, or other serious illnesses.  If you are interested in joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please join us in the chapel of the church the second Friday of each month to select yarns provided and to learn about new patterns, some very easy and some more difficult.  WE TEACH KNITTING, TOO!


Please call Cobe Frobes at 928.606.5558 or Sherrill Beck at 480.471.0950 (or 775.831.6245) if you have questions.

Verde Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter

The Verdes Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter will begin their fall meetings at the Community Church of the Verdes on Monday, October 9th, from 8 - 9 am in Founders' Hall.  The chapter previously met at Rio Verde Community Center, but has moved their meetings to the church for more privacy and flexibility.  We are glad to welcome this important ministry.  Participants may enter and exit the building through the Administrative Office door or the Fountain door.  If you have questions,

or need further information, please see the Pastor, Cathy Northrup. 

The Pad Project

The Pad Project makes reusable sanitary pads for girls in Kenya, enabling them to stay in school and be better educated for a brighter future.  A group of 12 - 15 student nurses in Michigan will carry the pads we make to Kenya in March and distribute them to school.  They will also provide instruction on basic hygiene, STDs, pregnancy and HIV transmission.   Our Pad Project group meets on Mondays in the Sunday School Room in Founders' Hall.  We welcome volunteers who have a couple of free hours on Mondays.  If you have questions, please contact Earlene Jeter at 480-471-7073.  For more information please visit Jessie's blog site at www.thomsen-kenya.blogspot.com and www.toolittlechildren.org.

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We are located at 25603 Danny Lane, Rio Verde, AZ  85263 close to Scottsdale, Fountain Hills & the Rio Verde Foothills   PH:480-471-7239