“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139: 13 – 14
Do you know that many families in our community with children or young adults at home who have disabilities have stopped attending church because they don’t feel welcome or it just “doesn’t work?” To that, we say WELCOME!
Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes one of these (children) in my Name welcomes me.” Church of the Ascension loves and welcomes those individuals with disabilities and their families. In the fall of 2008, God led us to establish a ministry that builds bridges to bring people affected by disability to Jesus. The vision statement of our Special Needs Ministry is: “Helping young adults with disabilities in our community develop their full spiritual potential and to reach out to families and caregivers, so they might become part of a church family.”
We offer two programs for those with cognitive disabilities: A weekly Sunday school program called WINGS which stands for “Winners in God’s Sight” and a monthly club that meets on the second Saturday of the month called Capernaum Friends. For more information, please contact our program director, Keira Fuener.
Highlights of our Sunday WINGS program include:
- The goal for this ministry is to create an environment where individuals experience loving Christian fellowship and Christ-centered teaching.
- We meet for Sunday School for an hour during the 9am worship service. The structured class time will include music, Bible-based lessons, a short service project we do in the church and a craft. We end our class with the Lord’s Prayer. Additionally, when the class rejoins the rest of the congregation for communion, one of our participants typically brings the offering plate up at the time of the Offertory.
- Instructions are simple and concise and activities are geared to short attention spans. We use the senses of sight, hearing and touch whenever possible. Teaching is done with the use of short, picturesque and realistic stories. We use simple words and songs which may include sign language and hand motions.
Monthly Saturday Capernaum Friends Club:
Our monthly club meets on the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4pm, September through May. Participants have a great time together celebrating holidays, dancing, singing, making crafts and much more! Another great benefit of the program is the relationship building that happens between parents and families. If you want to know what’s coming up, please contact the program director, Keira Fuener.