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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When I first moved to L’Arche Heartland, I had a pretty good idea that it wouldn’t be “just a job.” I knew that by virtue of living in the same house with the people I would be caring for that there would be little separation between what I considered my “work life” and “home life.” And that was true. Even when I was on my time away, with no work responsibilities, I still would see my housemates every day, and they’d have questions to ask or stories to tell. There would still be activities I’d participate in or meals to share. Just because I was “off” from work didn’t mean I was off from the relationships.

I think that I was pretty prepared for that. I had an idea that’s how life would be when I moved in. But what I wasn’t prepared for was just how important those relationships would become. I can’t really pinpoint an exact moment, but there was definitely a shift when I stopped doing it because I felt like I needed to, or didn’t have anything else to do, and started spending time with core members during my time away because I valued their friendship, and I wanted to spend time with them. Sunday lunches and trips to the library became a regular activity with a couple of the guys, even when I wasn’t working, and even after I moved to a different house, because I enjoyed being with them. Even now, as a Community Coordinator, when I have a more typical 9-5 work schedule, I will often participate in our Saturday activities, or spend time with core members outside of that schedule, because I value our time together and they have become important to me. They aren’t just people that I care for, or whose house I now coordinate, but they are my friends. It wasn’t something I was expecting when I first came to L’Arche Heartland, but it’s definitely something I love about my life in L’Arche.

-Mark Lepper, Community Coordinator