Special Needs

Roswell United Methodist Church is unique among area churches in that we support a vibrant ministry for an under-served segment of our population: developmentally disabled adults. Our Noah’s Ark Class, established more than 20 years ago, ministers to more than 30 of these special people. We should be proud that our laity, staff, and clergy have so enthusiastically supported this group.

Class members eagerly arrive each Sunday to share their news and hugs with each other and our volunteers. After feeding our bodies, we feed our souls with singing, crafts, videos, and Bible lessons. Enthusiastic interaction mingles with an overwhelming sense that each Sunday, for one brief hour, we are witnessing the display of God’s unconditional love. The depth of concern for each other brings to mind a line from the movie, “Radio.” Talking about the disabled title character, Coach says, “Radio treats us all the time the way we wish we treated each other even some of the time.”

We feel blessed spending our Sunday mornings with such special friends. Noah’s Ark members have shared during both worship services as they greeted, ushered, served as acolytes, and blessed us with the Noah’s Ark Handbell Choir.

  • Noah’s Ark Sunday School Class – Roswell UMC’s love and concern for the developmentally challenged adults led to the establishment of a Noah’s Ark Class which has grown from a class of three to more than 35. Members also participate in worship as acolytes, greeters, and ushers.
  • Field Day – This “Special Olympics”-type, fun-filled day is held annually the third Saturday in May. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Grimes Bridge Park. Click the link to volunteer:  Click Here
  • Saturday Bowling – Roswell UMC is also very involved with the group homes in North Atlanta and assists them with their bowling league weekly November through March.

We need volunteers! Can you assist with bowling for persons with developmental disabilities? You would assist the participants and offer friendship and TLC. This is a rewarding experience for bowlers and volunteers alike, and we provide on-the-job training so NO EXPERIENCE is necessary.

For more information about Developmental Disabilities Ministry, call the GROW Team, 770.261.1732.