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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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

Friday, April 26, 2019
32nd Anniversary Celebration
Dinner – Live Auction – Silent Auction – Raffle

Click here for event details: 32nd Anniversary Celebration Invitation

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Now accepting donations for the silent auction and raffle!  Email: if you you’d like to help!

Check back for updates as the celebration is planned!

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"I don't understand how the universe was created, and I can't explain the spirit or presence of Jean Vanier. But maybe a story will have some meaning. I met Jean in the mid-1980's and had the good fortune to have several conversations with him over the years since then. One special meeting stands out. He had come to Kansas City, as I recall, for a Faith and Light retreat. Our deaf and developmentally disabled daughter Jennifer was in her teens and was beginning to show intermittent signs of anger outbursts, which we didn't understand then but later recognized was psychosis. She didn't have the language to describe her inner experience and only occasionally acted out, which occurred without warning, and that made it difficult to understand why. 

 I had the opportunity to meet privately with Jean in his room at the conference site and took Jennifer to meet him, too. Jennifer was first...and seemed interested in Jean and he in her. He offered her a bowl of ice cream and scooped some out for her. She loves ice cream. She ate a bite, then suddenly and violently threw the bowl on the floor, smashing it into pieces and sending ice cream everywhere. She raged as I attempted to restrain her. Jean seemed unconcerned. He began picking up shards of glass and wiping up ice cream as I apologized and apologized. I didn't recall that he tried to reassure me, and he didn't ask why she threw the ice cream. He very simply and patiently waited for the storm to pass, and I explained that this problem had been occurring without warning. We talked for a while longer, and he seemed entirely unbothered about what had happened. I asked him if he had any ideas about her, but he did not or did not share them. 

 In following years when I saw Jean at various L'Arche meetings, he asked about Jennifer, and we had conversations about other things, too. Someone told me Jean asked about me at a conference I couldn’t attend. This might seem unremarkable until one recognizes that Jean encountered an uncountable number of people in his life (though maybe my daughter was the only person ever to throw ice cream at him!) But the symbolism of a spiritual leader cleaning up at the feet of a wounded person did not escape me then or now. How is it, why is it that such a person walked on Earth and in our time. And what can we learn from him now in his passing."

- George Harris, Board Member