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Coming Soon – Casting Out Fear Video Series

Bright Threads Ministries is producing a series of 4 training videos… “CASTING OUT FEAR: Volunteers & Kids with Special Needs.”

These short videos, 3 – 5 minutes each, will help volunteers learn to respond to behaviors exhibited by children with developmental disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders. Instructors will demonstrate responses to a selection of these behaviors: meltdowns, poor attention, hyperactivity, non-compliance, aggression, and communication difficulties.

Please consider making a donation today by clicking here and help contribute to these amazing training videos!

Adult Disciples with Special Needs

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.

Registration and Payment

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.

Bright Threads Ministries Celebrates First Anniversary

Bright Threads Birthday Cake

On December 1, Bright Threads Ministries marks the end of a successful first year and starts the clock ticking on an even better year to come.
Check out the latest newsletter for these highlights:
Ten Local Churches Represented at First Public Workshop
What’s Next? Workshops for YOUTH and VBS Leaders!
Meet our New Board Members
BTM Board Sets 2016 Goal of $15,000