As the Aunt of an awesome five-year old niece with special needs I have really had my eyes opened. Wherever I go now I’m thinking about how a certain space or situation would work if my niece were there. One place I see in a new light is the church, specifically Aldersgate UMC. We already have so many great spaces and programs in place but what could we do to make sure every adult and child of every ability and need could be with us on Sundays and for additional events, programs, and studies? Many parents who have children with special needs are not able to find a church home because nothing is in place for their child and family on Sunday mornings – well it’s time to change this! Any family in our community who is not sure what participation at AUMC could look like due to special needs in their family are encouraged to contact me. We will meet and make a plan so that their family is able to participate in the life of our church! Please share this information with any family you know who might need special accommodations. Also, if you’re interested in helping in any way (no experience with children of differing abilities required) or you know someone who enjoys working with special needs children, youth, or adults please contact me.
Thank you so much and I look forward to making sure AUMC is truly a place where ALL can experience the love and grace of God!
-Rachel Miller, Director of Ministries with Young People,