Upcoming SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships) Ministry at Grace Church! Please share with your friends! Please note that our next R&R night is on a WEDNESDAY – this is a new experiment for the summer and so many families and volunteers being gone on the weekends. Please let me know if you can attend OR if you are unable to attend this event. Our spots WILL fill fast.
SOARly Needed R&R (Refuel & Refresh)
- The Grace ministry for families with special needs (Special Opportunities, Abilities and Relationships) is hosting a night of respite for parents. Parents can enjoy a break while leaving their children (birth to 70 y/o) in the lovingly care of responsible volunteers. We know that every parent needs an occasional break from the 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care of their special needs child. This allows the parents or care givers a chance to go out, shop, or just relax, enjoying some much needed time to themselves. During this time, the children will enjoy crafts, movies, games, and other fun and awesome activities. This program is FREE and is open to anyone who has a need. Dinner will be provided to all children at no charge (pepperoni or cheese pizza). Children with food allergies and special diets are welcome to bring their own food items. Our volunteers will love your child and families in a safe and secure environment. Our staff of volunteers will include medical doctors, registered nurses, physical therapists, special-ed teachers, assistants/aides and many more loving supporters for your family. All volunteers have been thoroughly screened with background checks.
- This program is also opened to siblings (birth-8th grade). All parents of a child with special needs know that the siblings of that child do not have a “normal” life, and may miss out on some special events because of the greater need of the sibling. We provide opportunities for kids to connect with their peers and share their unique journey in a safe and secure environment. This evening we will also focus on making a special evening for the sibling which will be fun, exciting, and a night that they can do “normal” things.
When: WEDNESDAY, July 10, 6 – 9pm
Where: Grace Church, 159th and Antioch, Overland Park
How to Register: Registration is required for this program and space is limited (due by May 1). If you have attended previously, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place (please also include the siblings that will be coming). If you have not participated previously, please email email@example.com and I will get the application to you.
SOAR Family Support Group
This support group is for families of special needs individuals. This is a place where parents can laugh, cry, and pray together. We often focus on topics that relate to raising a child with special needs and allow parents to share with one another. We try to meet on a monthly basis.
Our speaker is TBD. Child care is provided as the normal Children’s Ministry classes will be occurring at the same time.
When: Saturday, June 15, 6-7:15pm
Where: Grace Church, 159th and Antioch, Overland Park, Rooms 113A and B
How to Register: Email shunsley@
If you haven’t already, please “like” our new Facebook page: SOAR Special Needs Ministry at Grace Church. We give multiple updates everyone with great resources for you as a parent and updates and what we are doing.
Please feel free to forward this information to any family who could benefit from it! I look forward to ministering to your family! Have a blessed day!
Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D.
SOAR Special Needs and People Care Pastor