Third's Special Needs Ministry and Community
Mosaic was created to support families with children who have special needs. We provide a range of activities and services. Monthly email newsletters are sent out giving information on upcoming events, community information, and special interest stories. To receive these newsletters, contact Kathy White.
Scholarships: The Mosaic Scholarship Fund exists to help parishioners with scholarships to summer camps for kids with special needs, or to attend conferences, workshops, and continuing education classes involving issues around disabilities. The money is a available for professionals, parents or caregivers, and children with disabilities.
Mosaic Gatherings: The Mosaic Leadership Team desires to bless our Mosaic families, as well as provide opportunities for educational and/or spiritual growth. Once or twice a year we provide a luncheon after church for Mosaic families that includes sharing time for the adults while the children create a craft. Parents Nights Out are held periodically and an annual Pool Party happens each June. Speaking events occur once or twice a year. Please join our email group to be notified of all Mosaic events.
Resources: We have a large collection of books for parents of children with special needs. They are located in Room 101. Occasionally, Mosaic brings in experts for speaking events who have knowledge of the education system and other services offered for children with special needs in Virginia.
Mosaic "Buddies": Buddies are volunteer students or adults trained by Mosaic to attend Sunday School classes with children with special needs. They will shadow children with special needs and assist them as needed in order to help them participate as fully as possible in classroom activities. Buddies are intended to give children with special needs a positive and fun church experience. We are looking for more volunteers to be Buddies.
Parenting Support Group. Come join other Moms and/or Dads with children who have physical, emotional or developmental issues for a monthly time of Bible Study, prayer and support. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Questions? Contact Ashley Boyles or Brook Trible.
Questions? Want to volunteer? Want to receive more information or a call? E-mail Kathy White, Associate Director of Family Ministry, or call 282-4645 x 128.
Through the Roof blog
Thinking of the "Prodigal Brother" as the sibling of a child with special needs kind of breaks my heart. He acts as if he feels many of the same pressures.
The Boy isn't bound by his wheelchair -- he uses it as a tool to live life as fully as possible.
The Boy is "fearfully and wonderfully made." He is peculiar, indeed. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
We knew we were right, but hearing that little, insistent voice in our ears at every turn was confidence-shaking.
This is my tribe. They are my tribe by circumstance, and my tribe by inclination. So it would be silly if I didn’t let them be my tribe by choice.
Powerful video on the need for -- and impact of -- wheelchairs in the developing world.
Watching these men and boys practice together, I flashed back to my own childhood experiences with baseball. Straight up, I am a lousy player.
Is it right for me to hope that other people will donate so many of their resources to meet my family’s needs? I wonder ...
Doesn’t matter if the damage is the result of a broken bone, broken relationship or broken promise. The hurt is real. And it demands a response.
How’s The Boy going to feel that great sense of accomplishment if he’s always closely supervised?