As coordinator of the Special Needs Ministry at Brook Avenue Church of Christ, Melinda Oldham hears from families about how they are struggling to find the right resources to help their special needs child.
Her phone also often rings with an agency servicing special needs families looking for ideas on how to help connect with families seeking services. Last year, the Special Needs Ministry held its first Resource Fair and more than 200 families attended the event.
“We received very positive feedback from the families who attended last year,” Oldham said. “There are so many resources in our community for special needs, but it is often a challenge to get the right resources to the people who need them. We want to provide a place to bring the resources and the families together.”
Brooks Avenue Church of Christ is holding its second annual Resource Fair from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the church, located at 700 Brooks Avenue in Raleigh. Both nonprofits and businesses that provide products and services for special needs children in Wake and surrounding counties will be available to talk with parents.
Organizations include the Autism Society of North Carolina, Triangle Down Syndrome Network and the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. Businesses providing nanny cams, home protection and medical monitoring will also be in attendance along with Boy Scout troop leaders, occupational therapists and provider agencies. Children are welcome, but childcare will not be provided. For more information, visit www.specialatbrooks.org or call 919-821-2400.
Oldham said that this event is the perfect complement to the church’s special needs carnival held every spring.
“Parents tell us how wonderful it is to have a day of fun with their kids in the spring, then a place where they can learn about resources in the fall,” Oldham said. “They really appreciate having both needs met. This isn’t about our church, but about bringing people together to help special needs kids.”
World Day of Prayer
The community is invited to the World Day of Prayer service from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Unity Church of Raleigh, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The theme of the 20th annual Unity World Day of Prayer is Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit. Free child care will be provided, and a love offering will be collected. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitychurchofraleigh.org.
Wake Forest Baptist golf
Wake Forest Baptist Church is holding a golf tournament at noon Thursday, Sept 12, at Wildwood Green Golf Club, 3000 Ballybunion Way, Raleigh. Lunch will be served at noon, and a shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. Registration is $75 per golfer and includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, dinner, door prizes and gift bag. All funds raised will be used to help a music ministry mission team travel to Ireland to assist music educators, ministers and health providers. Registration is available at http://gogreenformissions.bpt.me/. For more information, call 919-556-5141.
Living Proof Simulcast
Beth Moore’s worldwide simulcast will be shown from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in the Millbrook Great Room at Crossroads Fellowship Church’s Raleigh Campus, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Moore is a best-selling author and nationally acclaimed Bible teacher. Tickets are $5, and registration is available online at www.crossroads.org. Child care is provided for children younger than 10 and is limited to the first 50 children registered. For more information, call 919-981-0222.
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