Spiritual Gifts & Service
We are pleased to announce that a committee has formed to continue the respite care ministry. There will be no respite care in July and August as we have a volunteer recruitment drive. Respite care for September will be on September 8. All other respite care dates for the remainder of this year and into next year will remain as scheduled. Please register every child he/she will be in attendance for respite care and remember to register them every month. We look forward to seeing you.
The dates for 2017 are:
Looking ahead, the 2018 dates are:
February 9 (due to Family Life Retreat)
March 9 (due to Discovery Weekend)
July 20 (due to 4th and Music and Arts Week)
The Respite Care "Kid's Night Out" Ministry is a community outreach for families of children with disabilities. This Saint Mark ministry provides trained care for children with disabilities as well as their siblings to allow their parents an often much needed evening out.
Studies have shown that 85-90% of marriages end with divorce when the family includes a child with a disability. The task of caring for a child with a disability or terminal illness can cause extreme strain on a marriage.
Each month the Respite Care Ministry of Saint Mark provides parents with four hours to go to dinner, go shopping, spend time with friends, or attend a parent support group. This ministry serves approximately 40 families a month with an average of 50-60 children. Children enjoy participating in crafts, organized activities, snack, free-play, and movies during the evening.
Reservations are required and registration starts on the 15th of the month prior to respite night. All reservations should be made no later than the day before respite care.
For more information about this ministry, to volunteer for training, or to make reservations, please contact the church office at 205-822-5980.