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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Anniversary Dinner

SAVE THE DATE
Friday, April 27, 2018
31st Anniversary Celebration
Dinner – Live Auction – Silent Auction – Raffle

Click here for event details: 31st Anniversary Celebration Invitation

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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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As a parent you always want the best for your child.  As a parent of an adult child with significant disabilities, you begin to understand their independence may look very different than children of your friends.  You know your child will need support—lots of support.  You want your child to be surrounded by people who care about him or her and who see the unique gifts each one of us has to contribute to the world.  I was overjoyed to find a L’Arche community available for my son. 

The philosophy of L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier, is so profoundly spiritual and inclusive, it inspires those who serve and who are served.  “Our community life is beautiful and intense, a source of life for everyone.  People with a disability experience a real transformation and discover confidence in themselves; they discover their capacity to make choices, and also find a certain liberty and above all their dignity as human beings.”—Jean Vanier.  My son and I have formed friendships with other core members and with assistants.  L’Arche Heartland is able to look beyond all the dis-function he may demonstrate and draw out his better qualities.  They support his passions and encourage his abilities.  And they help him manage all the challenges he faces, both within himself and in the world.  As a parent, I would never have been able to pursue my career in another state if I had not known my son was a part of this community.  I miss the activities of community night, special events and just everyday connections. At the end of the day, I am grateful my son is safe, supported and cared about.  That is what every parent hopes for their child and L’Arche Heartland makes that possible for my adult child.

-Joy Wyler, parent of a Core Member