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 sln heart stamp   SPECIAL LIFE® Upcoming Event 

SPECIAL LIFE® Walk, Run and Roll,

 A fun community event

On September 27, 2014

 

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On September 27, 2014, SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK will hold the first annual SPECIAL LIFE® Walk, Run and Roll, a fun community event, benefiting SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK.

Participants will enjoy a friendly competition as we mobilize along a 1.5K scenic path designed for all levels of ability, from individuals in wheelchairs, weekend walkers, teetering toddlers, to avid runners. (No bicycles or skateboards please). Registered participants receive an event t-shirt and can enjoy a fun festival that follows, full of fabulous games and family friendly entertainment.

This event is designed to be a fun event for the entire community that promotes integration and builds awareness. SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK wants to help transform lives by building a community rich in awareness and acceptance, where all are included. 

Check-in at 9:00 a.m., participants will start at 9:30 a.m. and the festival that follows ends at noon. The Walk, Run and Roll takes place along a 1.5K paved path around the lake at The Woodlands Creekside Park.

 

                                               

 

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 sln heart stamp   SPECIAL LIFE® Upcoming Events 

On April 17, 2014: SPECIAL LIFE® Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: The Cows and SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK would like to invite you to their Chick-fil-A Spirit Night! To print the flyers, click the following link SLNSpiritNight041714. There are four flyers per page, share the extra three with your friends and neighbors. Bring it to your Chick-fil-A Alden Bridge at 8020 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands 77382 from 5-8pm. Show your cashier the flyer and SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK will receive 20% of all food sales brought in during Spirit Night. Let's all gather together, have fun, & raise money for a great cause. Come in and "Spin to Win" Chick-fil-A food and drink items. Spins are $1 each or 6 spins for $5. Come join us & remember to "Eat More Chicken."

                

On April 19, 2014: The Woodlands United Methodist Church Special Needs Family Easter Service will be at 3:00 pm in the Main Sanctuary.

On April 19, 2014: Grace Crossing will host EggaPalooza, an Easter egg hunt from 2:30 - 4.30 pm at Harper's Landing Park. There will be an Easter Bunny, bounce houses, rock wall, 3 egg hunts, hot dogs and sno-cones. Special needs individuals of any age are invited to attend.

            

On April 26, 2014: Celebrate Autism Awareness Day with the Houston Astros at a discounted price through this online offer. It will be the Astros vs. A's with the games starting at 6:10 p.m. Catch the Astros at a discounted price through this online offer. Use the password AUTISM to receive your discount. Please click the following link to purchase tickets http://mlb.mlb.com/hou/ticketing/groups.jsp?loc=autism&affiliateId=39491ML-0M

On May 4, 2014: Houston's First Baptist Church High 5 Kids' Choir invites special needs families from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at The Loop  Worship Center to Especially Fun! - a concert designed especially with you in mind! With more than 130 kids from age 4 through 5th grade, the High 5 Kids' Choir is dedicating their spring concert to special needs families as a way to give back and to serve others. They understand that there are not many venues where families raising special needs children and adults can go and have the freedom to just be themselves — but they can at Especially Fun! In planning the concert, High 5 leaders collaborated closely with Denise Briley, the director of the Thru The Roof special needs ministry at Houston's First. "Especially Fun! is more than just music," Denise says. "Our guests will enjoy sensory elements, a dance break, and a lot of audience participation. This will not be a show where the audience is expected to stay still or stay quiet!" For more information and to register for the event, click the following link: http://houstonsfirst.org/event/580115-2014-05-04-especially-fun/#sthash.MIMsNuXz.dpuf

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Need Volunteers: On Saturday, May 17th, The Woodlands United Methodist Church will host Remix/Revive Prom 2014 - Game Night. For the past 5 years,TWUMC has had the privilege of hosting a special needs prom, with up to a hundred participants from our surrounding community. Prom is the highlight of the year for their participants, and they look forward to a formal social event especially for them. This event also serves as a way to reach out to the parents and families in the special needs community, and also to create awareness about the various program opportunities they offer throughout the year. In order to open our enrollment to the maximum number of teens and young adults with disabilities, we need to obtain as many volunteers as possible. Volunteer jobs include serving food, helping to set up and decorate, and being one-on-one dance buddies. Without volunteers like you, students in our special needs community may never have the experience of attending prom with their friends. Please click the following link to register https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/7190534-279802531/?OrgKey=576b3516-156f-4ebd-ae0a-9097d400eb55

On Saturday, May 17th, The Woodlands United Methodist Church will host Belle of the Ball for Prom 2014 - Game NightGirls come and get your makeup done with Mary Kay products from 1:00 — 3:00 p.m. in Allen Parlor. The beauty consultants will show the girls where to put the makeup and help them apply. The girls also can have their nails done with Jamberry nails with vegan nail polish or vinyl nail wraps. If you would like to purchase products you can. Please click the following link to register for 1:00 pm sitting https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/7238890-281220916/?OrgKey=576b3516-156f-4ebd-ae0a-9097d400eb55 or click the following link for 2:00 pm sitting https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/7238911-281221564/?OrgKey=576b3516-156f-4ebd-ae0a-9097d400eb55

On Saturday, May 17th, The Woodlands United Methodist Church will host Remix/Revive Prom 2014 - Game Night. For the past 5 years,TWUMC has had the privilege of hosting a special needs prom, with up to a hundred participants from our surrounding community. Prom is the highlight of the year for their participants, and they look forward to a formal social event especially for them. This event also serves as a way to reach out to the parents and families in the special needs community, and also to create awareness about the various program opportunities they offer throughout the year. Join TWUMC for a night out filled with fun, food, dancing and games! Board game classics will come to life — you’ll find yourself dancing among dice and mixing it up with the mustachioed Monopoly guy, posing for photos on dominoes and getting down with Twister. Game on! Please click the following link to register https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/7190538-279359802/?OrgKey=576b3516-156f-4ebd-ae0a-9097d400eb55

On Saturday, May 31, The Woodlands United Methodist Church Special Needs Ministry Family Worship will be held in the Loft Green Room. They encourage you to bring your children with you to experience worship as a family at Robb Chapel in the Main Campus.

Summer of 2014: The Woodlands United Methodist Church will host Summer Splash 2014 for Pre-K - 4th grade children with special needs. The Special Needs Ministry looks forward each year to providing the most amazing summer full of activities for your children Pre-K – 6th grade. Summer 2014 is looking like the best summer yet! We are excited to offer day camp, overnight camp, sports camps, WOW! Science Camp, our fabulous VBS week and much much more. You do not want your child to miss this summer at The Woodlands UMC! Our activities fill up quickly, so make sure you register today! Please click the following link for more information and  to register http://www.thewoodlandsumc.org/chi/summer-splash 

Summer of 2014: The Woodlands United Methodist Church will host Summer Fun 2014 for 5th grade - Adults with special needs. The Special Needs Ministry looks forward each year to providing an amazing summer full of activities for 5th graders through adults. #SummerFun2014 is looking like the best summer yet! We are excited to offer potluck, sports, overnight camp, evening camp and much much more. You do not want to miss this summer at The Woodlands UMC! Our activities fill up quickly, so make sure you register early! Join us this summer for #SummerFun2014. Please click the following link for more information and  to register http://www.thewoodlandsumc.org/news/2014-02-25/summer-fun 

Recurring event: Trinity Episcopal Church has Tae Kwon Do classes for children with autism. Classes are every Saturday from 10 - 11 am at the Butler Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 3901 South Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands located directly across from McCullough High School. Price for the uniform is $35 and $5 per class. The instructor has experience teaching children in the spectrum. To print the flyer, click the following link TaeKwonDoFlyer2014. 

June 14 through August 2, 2014: Camp Blessing Texas is a Christian Camp for campers with disabilities and special needs – and for their siblings. They offer an environment of unconditional love and acceptance where being “Different” is the norm. Everything they offer provides the safety and security of a well-trained staff. Very few camps serve this special population with a 1:1 camper-counselor ratio. They modify all activities to give each camper the opportunity to participate at their comfort level and level of ability. It is their passion and privilege to be the hands and feet of Christ. Camp Blessing Texas still has some openings for campers and volunteers for the week long camps between June 14 and Aug 2. Fur further information, please go to www.campblessing.org

Need VBS Volunteers in August: The Woodlands United Methodist Church is looking for great volunteers to join the VBS Team for Summer5 2014. They are planning and preparing for VBS 2014 and need your help! Click the link following for more information and to sign up today for this fabulous opportunity. Early children's registration is available for all registered VBS volunteers. http://www.thewoodlandsumc.org/chi/vbs-volunteer

On September 27, 2014, SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK will hold the first annual SPECIAL LIFE® Walk, Run and Roll, a fun community event, benefiting SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK. Participants will enjoy a friendly competition as we mobilize along a 1.5K scenic path designed for all levels of ability, from individuals in wheelchairs, weekend walkers, teetering toddlers, to avid runners. (No bicycles or skateboards please). Registered participants receive an event t-shirt and can enjoy a fun festival that follows, full of fabulous games and family friendly entertainment. This event is designed to be a fun event for the entire community that promotes integration and builds awareness. SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK wants to help transform lives by building a community rich in awareness and acceptance, where all are included. Check-in at 9:00 a.m., participants will start at 9:30 a.m. and the festival that follows ends at noon. The Walk, Run and Roll takes place along a 1.5K paved path around the lake at The Woodlands Creekside Park. 

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About Special Life

  • SPECIAL LIFE® Fast Facts

      1. What is SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK?
    • A Christian-led 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity organization.
    • Incorporated in April 2005. Founded and headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
    • A 100% volunteer organization led by parents, professionals, volunteers and church leaders.
    • As a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, we serve the "entire community" with no exclusions.

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  • sln heart stamp  SPECIAL LIFE® Purpose, Vision and Mission

    At SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK, we seek to enrich the life of individuals with disabilities and the families that support them by improving the integration with their local church and broader community. 

    Vision

    • Create a global network of SPECIAL LIFE® communities that are rich in awareness, integration and spiritual growth for children, teens and adults with special needs, and for the families that support them ... Special Needs Families

    Mission

    • Create, within local communities, a resource network of churches, businesses and other community organizations that provide support, encouragement, education, spiritual growth and meaningful integration opportunities for children and adults with special needs and their families.
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  • What is the purpose of Special Life Network?

    The purpose of Special Life Network is to facilitate the integration of children, teens and adults with disabilities into the broader community. We do this by implementing a simple 4 point strategy.

    •1.    Increase Awareness

    •2.    Network Community Knowledge, People and Resources

    •3.    Provide Education and Training

    •4.    Transform Lives


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    sln heart stamp SPECIAL LIFE® Why We Care

    Disabilities reach far beyond the physical realm of an individual and have emotional, financial, social, and spiritual impact on families, caregivers, communities, and society as a whole.  For a better understanding of this issue, view Autism Every Day, a new film screened in May at the New Decade for Autism event.

    Impact on Families

    • 90% of families that care for a family member with a disability of any age find it difficult to integrate into church and/or community events on a regular basis.
    • Divorce rates are typically higher for families that care for children or adults with disabilities due to the added demands on the family.
    • In many situations the demands on the family are such that siblings must participate with their parents in daily care.
    • Without intervention, these families risk physical and spiritual isolation, living their lives disconnected from their local church, community, and God.

    At SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK Every Life is Special!®

  • SPECIAL LIFE® Core Value Statement

    Core values create a culture which drives an organization's behavior. The core values of the SPECIAL LIFE NETWORK are:

    • Respect
    • Compassioin
    • Integration
    • Spiritual Growth

    Our SPECIAL LIFE® Core Value Statement:

    To put Christian principles into action by embracing Special Needs families with respect, compassion, and spiritual growth through the love of Christ, and to help better integrate these families into the church and/or broader community.