True “welcome” can be hard to come by in a broken world–especially for individuals and families affected by disability. Our desire, as a local church, is to be a place where all people are welcomed and loved as Jesus has loved us. The goal of our Disability Ministry is to cultivate a place of belonging where people of all abilities can be an active part of what God is doing in and through His Church, the body of Christ.
“Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
1 Corinthians 12:15-18
We offer trained helpers, called “buddies,” who can come alongside friends affected by disabilities to support them and allow themselves and their families to participate in their desired programs or activities.
Respite Nights are a chance for parents/caregivers to get a short break from all those in their care. This includes “typical siblings” as well as those directly affected by disability. Every child/participant gets a trained “buddy” who signs up to be a friend and help make the night fun.
Joni and Friends helped us host our first Respite Night in March of 2023, and we hosted another in October 2023. Check our church calendar to save the date for the next event!
We’d love to get to know you, your family, and answer any questions you may have. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our family coordinator will be in touch with you.