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BLAST Youth Group
BLAST is a youth group for teens and young adults of all abilities--specially designed for youth with special needs and peer friends. If you are 12 years old or older, you will have a blast developing friendships and faith in God. BLAST is a partnership with Speedway United Methodist Church and Fresh Perspectives. Special thanks to the Down Syndrome Indiana for their generous support.
Dates: Swim party Aug. 4 at Krannert Park Aquatic Center, 2-4 PM; regular meetings resume Aug. 18, Sept. 8 & 22
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 pm (optional dinner at 5:15)
Sunday Morning Respite Care
On Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon, we provide respite care for children with disabilities on request. Whenever possible, students with disabilities are placed in classrooms with their typical peers, and a respite provider can be scheduled to be there to offer trained assistance to children with special needs. This service is for parents or caregivers and their children interested in attending Speedway United Methodist Church's Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m. and/or its worship service at 10:45 a.m. To request this service, contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office, 317-241-1563.
Parents Night Out Program
Parents Night Out is sponsored and presented by Easter Seals Crossroads the fourth Friday of every month at Speedway UMC. Families get free respite care for a night out and occasionally receive packages for restaurants or events. To attend, you must pre-register by calling ESC at 317-466-2010.
Parent Support Group
Are you a parent of a child with special needs? Have you ever felt isolated and frustrated? Come join other parents on the second Sunday afternoon of each month at 4 pm. Contact email@example.com for information on locations.
Family Resource and Information Fair
Each year we host a resource and information fair that brings together service providers for parents and caregivers to learn about the resources that are available. April 20, 2013 was our 8th annual fair and nearly 400 people participated. Plans for 2014 are underway; check back for more information.
Worship, Learning and Serving
We believe that we cannot be the Church of Jesus Christ unless every person has the ability to participate in the life of our congregation as they are able. Our special needs ministries committee works with individuals and their families to find ways for their inclusion in our educational programs, fellowship events and worship services. Because each person is unique we look for ways to tailor what we do to the unique challenges AND gifts of the individual.
Our Partnerships: Special Needs Partners at Speedway
Summer Camp--Noble of Indiana
Our church is host to one of the sites for Noble of Indiana's summer-long day camp for children with special needs. We have worked with Nobel to secure grant money so that nearly every family in the camp receives financial assistance.
Parents Night Out - Easter Seals Crossroads
Staff from Easter Seals Crossroads lead activities for children ages 6 months to 12 years on te fourth Fridays of each month from 6-10 p.m.
For more information on any of these events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the SUMC Special Needs Ministry voice mail, 317-971-2619.
Special Needs Policy Statement
Children and adults with mental, physical and developmental disabilities are persons of sacred worth whose identity is ultimately defined by the grace of God and not by their diagnosis or behavior. Therefore, we affirm that all children, youth and adults with disabilities are created in the image of God; and we reaffirm our commitment to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to them by sharing his acceptance and respect. Therefore, we will
Actively invite and welcome all persons with disabilities to attend our worship services, participate in our programs, and receive the sacraments.
Help identify their gifts and enable them to use their gifts in the service of the body of Christ and the larger community.
Receive into full membership all persons with disabilities and adapt the requirements of membership to accommodate their special needs.
Increase the awareness of disabilities and create a knowledgeable church family.
Assist all committees and programs to be accessible to persons with special needs.
Adapt existing and/or offer appropriate alternative forms of Christian education, fellowship and service for persons with special needs.