For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Friendship Ministry has been a vital part of Trinity Church for about 15 years. Briefly, it is a Bible Study curriculum (see friendship.org) produced by Faith Alive of the Christian Reformed Church in North America for intellectually impaired adults who desire to deepen their understanding of faith and discipleship.
We believe that faith is a gift from God that does not depend on any level of human intelligence. Our program model encourages the development of one-on-one, personal, and meaningful relationships: true friendships.
Our vision is people with and without intellectual disability growing deeper in their relationship with God and with each other in community together.
To realize the above stated vision, we invite any person from our local congregation as well as friends of family members who live with cognitive impairments, and, residents of local Adult Foster Care facilities who live with intellectual impairments to join us for a 90 minute time of worship with songs and prayer, a dramatic Bible story telling, one-on-one mentoring and we conclude with a light snack. From October through March, our Friendship Ministry meets at Trinity Church.
Many of our Friendship students not only come for Friendship Ministry on Wednesday evening but also worship regularly with the Trinity congregation on Sunday mornings. As much as possible we include our Friendship students in the congregational life of Trinity. We encourage our students to participate during worship in scripture reading, prayer, ushering, nursery attendant, greeters, or whatever interest students may have in serving together with members of our congregation.
We long for the day when people of all abilities are fully accepted—and expected—in the Body of Christ.