Check Out Our Special Needs Ministries Newsletter
Sat. April 20, 2013 "Special
Needs Family Resource and Information Fair" Stop by this 8th annual fair, one of the largest in Indiana, to learn from more than 50 special needs service providers about activities, programs and other services available for your family. The free fair includes booths, child care, and a carnival for the kids, as well as an optional lunch. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Download a registration form for your organization to reserve booth space.
For more information or to reserve child care for any of these events, call 317-971-2619 or email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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: January 13 and 27th and February 10th and 24th
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 pm (optional dinner with UMYF at 5:15--all
meals are prepared with food allergies in mind)
Sunday Morning Respite Care
On Sunday mornings from 9:30 to noon, we provide respite care for children with disabilities. Whenever possible, students with disabilities are placed in classrooms with their typical peers, with the respite provider 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. For more information, contact Beth at email@example.com 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. There will be no PNO during the month of May due to the race. 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 Sunday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. (meetings
are held every other Sunday.) Meetings will be August 12 and 26th.
are Looking for Persons Who Have Been Affected by Health
Care Reform & Medicaid Issues
The Indiana Disability Concerns Committee of the United Methodist Church is looking for Hoosier families positively affected by measures of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform), such as benefiting from having no pre-existing condition exclusions, no annual or lifetime caps, the 100 percent coverage of preventive care, and/or the ability to include adult children to age 26 on parents' medical policies. In addition, Speedway UMC Special Needs Ministry is interested to hear if parents have dealt with their children being dropped from or denied Medicaid coverage because of a parent's alleged failure to complete a process that the parent actually completed. If either of these advocacy issues have impacted you, please email Beth.
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 28, 2012 was our 7th annual fair and over 400 people participated. Next year the fair will be Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Venders can download a registration form to reserve a booth.
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.
Child and Teen Social Skills Groups--Fresh Perspectives
Adolescents on the autism spectrum and others with needs
for social interaction can get together for fun and sharing
with help from the staff of Fresh Perspectives.
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
invite and welcome all persons with disabilities
to attend our worship services, participate in our programs,
and receive the sacraments.
identify their gifts and enable them to use their gifts
in the service of the body of Christ and the
into full membership all persons with disabilities and
adapt the requirements of membership to
accommodate their special needs.
the awareness of disabilities and create a knowledgeable
all committees and programs to be accessible to persons
with special needs.
existing and/or offer appropriate alternative forms of
Christian education, fellowship
and service for persons
with special needs.