Special Needs Ministry

 Celebrating Special Needs Ministry at St. Paul

For the past year and a half, here at St. Paul we have been seeking God’s will in reaching out with the Gospel to individuals with special needs. The journey has been an interesting one and has led us to many individuals who have worked with us and have helped us to see the magnitude of need that is in our community. While we have not come to any particular conclusion, we have been led to believe that God is calling us to consider the following:

Deaf Ministry - We recently concluded our first Introduction to Sign Language (ASL) class and the response was overwhelming! Our class was full, with 22 participants. Almost all expressed a desire to continue learning ASL and we are hoping to provide more introductory and advanced classes. We are also partnering with Pastor Thomas Dunseth and Lutheran Friends of the Deaf to identify needs and provide Deaf Ministry to our community.

Rejoicing Spirits Worship - Partnering with the Exceptionals Fun Group from Lincoln Park and Special Olympic Athletes, we are assessing the possibility of a twice per month worship opportunity for individuals with a variety of special needs. Rejoicing Spirits is a national organization that provides the framework and resources for such a worship opportunity.

Partnering with Downriver Special Needs Organizations - Special Olympics, Jo Brighton School, PAES Program, SNAP, Mimi’s Mission, ARC and Guidance Center are but a few of the wonderful organizations our community has to offer to help meet special needs. We are seeking to get to know and understand the work of these organizations better and hope to be able to partner with them.