Summer Friendship Gathering

  • A 3 day event gathering at Spirit of Joy on August 8, 9 and 10 from 6-8:30pm for our friends with disabilities. Each night consists of a meal, Bible study, worship, small group gathering, crafts and activities.
  • It provides a Vacation Bible School experience for a group of God’s children who don’t have Vacation Bible School opportunities at every other church in the neighborhood.
  • It is a way for Spirit of Joy to honor God’s answer to our prayer of “Show us Lord who you want us to serve”.
  • It is an opportunity for each Spirit of Joy member to use his/her gifts and talents to love and serve others – right here in our own house!

So, what can you do?

Prayer: Every endeavor we undertake should go hand in hand with prayer for God’s guidance, direction and support. Pray before, during and after the event for all person

Donations: Monetary donations will help purchase materials for the service projects and fill curriculum needs. If you are a Thrivent member— if we have 3—we can obtain their contributing funds for each evening. Contact Deb Malloy in the church office for details please contact  Deb Maloy at 317-986-7915.

Volunteer your Time: Our goal is to have every member of Spirit of Joy involved in the Friendship Summer Gathering. There are many ways to get involved –click on this link to volunteer.

Plan to Attend the SFG Closing Church Service: On Thursday, August 10th at 7:30pm is the closing service for SFG. Remember after VBS how the children would come the following Sunday and sing at church. This is THAT event for these campers! Let’s show up in force to be the hands, faces and loving arms of Christ to the campers, their families and the caregivers!

Know somebody with an intellectual disability? Or do you have a friend, neighbor or relative who is intellectually disabled? Contact the church office ( or 317-986-7515) and ask for an invitation and registration form to be mailed to him / her. Relatives and caregivers are welcome to attend as well as the individual with disabilities. Registration needs to be received by July 30th to provide ample time for processing. Everyone needs to pre-register for this event.