Prayer Nights

Once a week all of our homes gather to share a meal and a time of prayer together.  Our discussions and activities on these evenings strive to create inclusive ways to engage core members (adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in community). 

Prayer Night themes are identified by our Spiritual Life Committee and then teams of assistants and core members take turns leading an activity on that theme.  Past themes include: The Beatitudes, caring for our environment, solidarity with the poor, welcome, and gratitude.  We also take special care to recognize the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.  By staying on the same theme for at least a month, we have the ability to look at different aspects of the theme and engage with the spiritual lesson on different levels.  Activities to inclusively discuss the theme include visual arts, music, and improvisational skits. 

We also set aside a time each prayer night to listen respectfully to one another as every person in attendance has an opportunity to share what is on his/her heart through naming praises and prayer requests.  Notes are taken each week and this list of prayer and praises is sent out to a network of friends and all the homes so we can hold each other in our thoughts throughout the week. 

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive L’Arche Heartland’s Prayers and Praises on a weekly basis, please click here to sign up for our mailing lists.

We love to welcome guests to our prayer nights.  Please contact the office if you would like to schedule a week to join our community in this special tradition. 

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Community Night

Since 1988, the extended friends and families of L’Arche Heartland have been gathering on the second Friday of every month for food and fellowship.  Community Night is an opportunity for the entire community, along with those who support us, to celebrate our relationships with one another on a monthly basis.  The majority of months we meet at 6:00pm and share a dinner together, L’Arche generally provides the main dish and everyone in attendance brings a side or dessert.  Community Nights are casual, crowded, and always fun! 

The location varies and a reminder is emailed the week of to announce the theme of the meal so those in attendance can coordinate their contributions.

If you would like to receive monthly notifications about the location and theme for L’Arche Heartland’s Community Night, please click here to sign up for our mailing lists.

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Dance

The third Tuesday of every month L’Arche Heartland hosts adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities from throughout Johnson County for an evening of music and dancing from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

 

Guests who do not receive formal services from L’Arche Heartland may not be left unattended.  If being dropped off by a service provider or family member rides need to return promptly at 8:00pm. 

If you would like to receive monthly notifications about the location and of L’Arche Heartland’s Dance, please click here to sign up for our mailing lists.

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Anniversary Dinner

SAVE THE DATE
Friday, May 12, 2017
30th Anniversary Celebration
Dinner – Silent Auction – Raffle

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Now accepting donations for the silent auction and raffle!  Email: thomas@larcheks.org if you you’d like to help!

Check back for updates as the celebration is planned!

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My internship with L'Arche Heartland was one of the most influential experiences of my life. When I began my internship I had never worked with people with disabilities before, so I was understandably nervous. But more importantly I was looking for some true-to-life experiences and real relationships. And that's exactly what I found.

As an intern I was able to experience life in different houses regularly and there was so much to learn. Not only did I learn about how to provide direct care to core members, but I learned valuable interpersonal skills and how to live intentional relationships. Core members are some of the most fun people to get to know because they are so unapologetically themselves. They are not shy about the things they like or dislike. They own their individuality and are unafraid to be exactly who they are, flaws and all. And I have come to learn that intentional relationships mean if you are willing to accept them for exactly who they are, then they will accept you and your flaws too. And that's what I found so beautiful about L'Arche Heartland. I had never before been around so many people, core members and assistants alike, who loved each other for their unique gifts and flaws. I also learned quickly to roll with the punches that come with living such authentic relationships. There were days that I would arrive and be greeted with hugs, and there were days that I was met with the stony silence of tension brewing. But no matter how the day began I knew we could work through it together and be smiling and laughing by the end of the night. It's not an easy task to live so intentionally but it is the most rewarding. Everyday I was challenged to be vulnerable and allow these new people to know me. And it was difficult to let down my guards and let the core members know me in a very real way. But I found that the days I was comfortable enough to open myself were the days I grew the most. These were the days I forged true friendships and tested the limits of my capabilities. And the more I did, the more often I felt I could do it again and again. So by the end of my internship I had the most amazing friends for life. In L'Arche Heartland I had found people who were dedicated to each other and to the life they are living together. 

-Rebecca Molner, Psychology Intern, 2015