The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. – Psalm 126:3 (NIV)
Worship At The Cross is on the third Tuesday of the month. Next Worship At The Cross Service is Tuesday Sept 19 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Jesus Cares Bible class is on the Second and Forth Monday of the month. Next bible study is Monday Sept 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and communities.
Assisting congregations in developing JCM outreach programs
JCM staff assist congregations through community outreach to invite people with intellectual or developmental disabilities into church. Materials are provided to introduce residents and staff to the church and JCM program.
Worship at the Cross service follows a simplified appropriate for people with a cognitive disability, including people with forms of dementia. Pictures and symbols lead participants through the parts of the service. Simple rhythm instruments allow non-readers or those who are nonverbal to make joyful noise to the Lord. A PowerPoint presentation is used for a responsive worship service for those who are able to participate in that manner. We encourage and support a message that involves multiple senses.
JCM programs should include fellowship events to bring together your church members, JCM participants and the community. Bowling, a carnival with games, karaoke or a picnic provide fellowship and a opportunity to invite new people who may wish to participate, volunteer or otherwise support the JCM program.
New Friends is a Christian-based friendship network connecting young adults in high school and college with families of children with special needs. The purpose is to build relationship by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy.
Specific Bible study materials have been developed for the JCM program. Dear Christian Friend was developed for people with limited reading ability by incorporating JCM Word Pictures with the text. A teacher’s manual is provided for each lesson, which offers ideas for using flannel board pictures to accompany a story, special music and crafts.
JCM staff will help identify potential program attendees and can assist in making initial contacts. We also:
- Help develop publicity materials to announce events
- Provide training so congregation members become comfortable finding and recruiting volunteers
- Offer training for teachers and helpers so they can better understand the students they will serve
- Show how to effectively use the teaching materials at an appropriate level for each student
To learn more visit www.tlha.org or call (888) 600-TLHA.