WORSHIP:

Want to volunteer to be a lay leader or to deliver the Children’s Message?  Signup sheet is in the Narthex.

Communion is celebrated each Sunday.

The choir has  regular rehearsal at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evenings.  Check out calendar for dates especially during the summer months.    Come join us!!!

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:

We are starting a  Lego Ministry which will allow children in Worship and Discovery the chance to experience the Bible hands on as they create scenes from the stories they are studying in class.

Join us for Adult Sunday School.  It begins at 9:45 in the adult Sunday School classroom from September 11 to May.

MEMBERSHIP:

Common table: On the third Wednesday of every month, all are invited to gather for a light meal and a brief worshipful activity in the Fellowship Hall.  The gathering is centered around the Table as a scared meeting space where we discover God and each other.  It is also a casual and visitor-friendly gathering.

Fresh extra large brown eggs are being sold for $5.00 per dozen.  These eggs are in the refrigerator and the money will go towards kitchen/property needs.  Thank you Mark and Faye Clements!!!!

EVANGELISM/OUTREACH:

Eyeglasses-we are collecting used eyeglasses.  Put in the box provided in the Narthex.

Information about Special Needs in our church and how we can support our members with Special Needs

Our church focus should be one of inclusion. In our Christian Education programs, our Outreach, Worship, and event planning, GRCC should be aware of special needs and inclusion of all. When we address special needs in our community, sometimes the unintended consequences of our efforts make those with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities feel isolated or excluded.  So the ultimate goal as a church should be how do we gently tweak what we already do well in ways that make participation accessible for everyone.  This special publication is intended to help all of us understand how to be inclusive, not to single out or be exclusive.

Jesus put his arms around the children and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

Mark 10: 16/God’s Word Translation

Autism

For families with children dealing with autism, attending church can often be difficult – both for the child and for the family.  Children with autism often struggle in new environments.  Large crowds of people can be overwhelming to them.  They can be bothered by certain noises (that the average ear can’t hear), bright lights and often, even smells. Many times there are limited communication abilities, even when the child has the ability to talk. There are also safety concerns because many children with autism have a tendency to wander.

Did you know….

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys – This is roughly the same percentage of people who have naturally red hair!

Autism prevalence figures are growing:

  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%- 18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

There is no medical detection or cure for autism

What can we do?

As a church family there is so much that we can do to help families living with autism spectrum disorder.

  • We should try to understand the individual with autism and not focus on the autism – no child with autism is like another.
  • During our worship services you may see a child wandering around, because often this child really has a hard time sitting still. Often we can encourage them back to their seats.
  • Using calm and even tones when giving direction is important.
  • We can also consider starting a special needs ministry to help all of our children grow and become strong in the love for the Lord.

This maybe a helpful website as it breaks down all the things that we can consider and give great tools for what a church can accomplish particularly on a small budge  http://theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com/

This link is a good non-profit resource and organization for supporting churches that want to learn more about incorporating special needs individuals into the church community: http://www.faithforall.org/index.html

Tree of Life

Who are the people in wheelchairs that visit us frequently?   We often are privileged to have visitors from the Tree of Life home, located at 3721 Westerre Parkway, Suite B. They will slip in and sit at the back of our church.

The Tree Of Life is a rehabilitation organization that helps adults who have acquired brain injury by providing a home-like residence for their recovery.  
The TOL campus is located near GRCC on North Gayton Road, not far from Gayton Baptist Church.  TOL services are dedicated to providing state of the art, 
evidence based, compassionate brain injury neurorehabilitation and long term care. TOL programs are designed to be community re-entry programs; 
Attending our church is a step in that community re-entry process taken by those clients who enjoy Christian worship.

Brain injury can occur many ways;  Trauma including concussions, electric shock, and strokes are among the causes.  Behavioral changes and pain 
can be associated with acquired brain injury also.  The common thread is that these clients can make a substantial recovery;  and We at GRCC can welcome our TOL visitors,
laud them for their accomplishment, and pray for their continued recovery!!

You can find out more about Tree of Life at http://tree-of-life.com/