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Adult Disciples with Special Needs

Adult Disciples with Special Needs is a half-day seminar for church leaders and volunteers about ministry to adults with special needs.

Saturday, October 15
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
First Presbyterian Church
637 6th Street NW
Winter Haven, FL
Cost: $15

Jesus gave us a vision in Luke 14: Reach out to the people on the margins of our communities and bring them in “that my house may be filled.”

Are adults with developmental disabilities in your church family? Are they participating in meaningful ways?

Could your congregation reach out to adults with special needs in your community?

Come learn how to strengthen existing ministries of worship, learning, and service, leading to a more inclusive congregational life.

Family members, send this post to your church leaders. Start the conversation!


Dr. Evelyn McMullen – Director of Bright Threads Ministries

Abigail Roe – Graduate student, Southeastern University

Rev. Bill Fisackerly – St. James United Methodist Church, Tampa

Rev. Meg Pabst – Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa

Several adults with special needs will share their hopes for meaningful participation in their church families.

Click here to download the seminar schedule.

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SIDE BY SIDE Youth Ministry & Teens with Special Needs


SIDE BY SIDE March 5, 2016 seminar for Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers

SIDE BY SIDE March 5, 2016 Seminar  for  Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers

Are teens with special needs in your church? Are they included in your youth ministry?

Bright Threads Ministries invites Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers to a Hands-on Seminar on           Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m, hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL

LEARN to build community & grow disciples

PRACTICE doing mission “side by side” with teens & young adults with special needs.


Leadership:  Evelyn McMullen, Director of Bright Threads Ministries and Denise Barnes, Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) at University of South Florida.

Mission Partners:    VISTE (Volunteers in Service to elderly) and Lighthouse Ministries, Troxel Center

In the morning we’ll learn the basics or relationships, communication, & behavior with teens & young adults with special needs. At noon we’ll be joined by youth with special needs (ages 12 – 25) for pizza. We’ll practice “side-by-side” with a choice of two one-hour mission projects: birthday cake decorating for VISTE and landscaping for Lighthouse Ministries. We’ll end together with closing reflection on our learning experiences.

Register Here by Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Cost:    $30, includes a pizza lunch; No cost for youth (ages 12 – 25 with special needs) from noon until 2 p.m.