Impact the lives of special needs children. Attend a free ministry workshop on Feb. 8.

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Activities at Shepherds Ministry. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

Do you love working with special needs children? What about teaching religious education? Learn how to combine these passions and make an impact in the lives of children with special needs and their families during a FREE ministry workshop on Saturday, February 8 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Register now!

What is Shepherds Ministry?

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Shepherds Ministry at Asbury UMC. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

While we love our children, parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. And having a child with special needs can turn a tough job into a true challenge. Simply attending church can become impossible.

In fact, one of the main concerns families of special needs children have when attending church is that the staff or volunteers will not provide adequate care for their child. 

In 2017, due to a growing need to provide refuge for families with special needs children, Asbury UMC created something significant—Shepherds Ministry

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Tori Rebman, volunteer at Shepherds Ministry at Asbury UMC. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

Part of Asbury UMC’s Kids Town Ministry, Shepherds Ministry provides a safe and loving environment where children with special needs have the opportunity to worship God and learn about the love and joy of Jesus. All while providing parents peace of mind. 

“The purpose of Shepherds Ministry is to allow space for families to worship, develop their faith and participate in a church community without worrying about how their children with special needs will be welcomed and served. These families need dedicated, well-trained individuals to invest their time and love for that purpose.”

Tori Rebman, volunteer, Shepherds Ministry

Become Empowered During Shepherds Ministry Training

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Sensory stations. Photo courtesy of Asbury United Methodist Church

Would you like to learn more about special needs children’s ministry education? Then be sure to register for Shepherds Ministry Training taking place at 10AM on Saturday, February 8 at Asbury United Methodist Church. 

Led by Jennifer Ross, Director of Matthew’s Ministry at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, Shepherds Ministry Training is a workshop that empowers leaders and volunteers with the knowledge to support special needs children in ministry settings.

Meet Ross in the following video.

During the training session, Ross will cover a variety of important topics, including:

  • Children, youth and adults in special needs ministry
  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Curriculum
  • Behavior management
  • How to have loving and constructive conversations

Here’s a rundown of the schedule:

  • 10AM – Training begins
  • 10:45AM – Special Needs Ministry Education
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1PM – Q & A and event wrap up

You don’t have to be a member of Asbury UMC to take part in this training session. Registration is FREE and open to the public.

Register and Make a Difference

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Sensory buckets are better with friends. Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC

Are you ready to make an impact in the lives of special needs children and their families through ministry education? Register for Shepherds Ministry Training taking place on Saturday, February 8 at Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242.

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