Disabilities Ministry

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Buddies Ministry

Our Buddy system is designed to care for those with disabilities in a way that allows for parents and guardians to engage in the worship service, knowing that their loved ones are safe and well-cared for while being included in the church body.

Each member of our Buddy team is trained and background checked to ensure we give the best care possible while your loved one is with us.

If you are interested please contact Rachel Olstad or the church office so that we can give you more details about what care might look like for you.

Weekly At Second Service On Sunday
Buddies are provided for children affected by disability during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays or by request at other church services and events.

Camp Levi

Camp Levi is a retreat where families affected by disability will be encouraged, find hope, and engage in lots of fun activities. It is where families are not just welcomed, but celebrated. And, it is a refuge of rest and peace from the daily challenges and struggles of life.

Every family member is cared for and included in worship, teaching, fun activities, and incredible fellowship. A trained and caring Short Term Missionary (STM) will be a support and friend to the loved one affected by disability, as well as with their typical siblings.

This allows parents and caregivers to attend retreat activities worry free and find time to relax and connect with each other and with friends. Above all, families discover joy at Camp Levi. And, it is the same exuberant joy our loving Father has for us!

FAMILIES

$450: 1st adult
$350: Each additional person 9 and older
$180: Children 3-8
Free: Children 0-2

*Limited scholarships available

STMs - $470. STMs arrive a day early for training and orientation. Registration fees cover all meals and housing.

General Accommodations
Family housing is camp-style, single family rooms with private bathrooms. There are a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms and RV spots.

STMs are housed in dormitory-style rooms and share restrooms.

Visit the Camp Levi Website (camplevi.org) for more information.

Friendship Group

We have a Friendship Group Bible Study for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Join together on the last Thursday of each month (except June, July, and August) from 4:00-5:15, in room 202 of the Barn. We’ll enjoy a time of worship, a Bible lesson from teacher Judy Squier, delicious snacks, and some great fellowship together.

The Last Thursday of the month 4:00-5:15 PM in room 202 of the Barn.

Still have questions?

Email Rachel!

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17 -ESV

Rachel Olstad

Director of Disabilities Ministry

Rachel Olstad graduated from Biola University with degrees in music performance and education and taught in the public schools for five years. S

he began her journey into the world of disabilities in 1990 when her oldest child was born with spina bifida and subsequently diagnosed with autism. She worked alongside her husband Brent with Joni and Friends Oregon for almost 2 decades, encouraging churches to minister to and with individuals and families affected by disability.

She was a contributing writer for both Special Needs Smart Pages and Nursery Smart Pages (Gospel Light), has been published in the Journal for Religion, Disabilities &Health, and was an assistant editor on Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry (Christian Institute on Disability). Rachel’s passion is to make sure all can worship together.

rachel.o@jvillepres.org

Email Rachel