Kalos: Special Needs Ministry
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. (Luke 19:5-6)
GOSPEL HOPE WITH ALL ABILITIES
In Luke 19, we find a story about a man named Zacchaeus who is described as “short in stature.” The word “stature” in this text is ἡλικία (hēlikia) and literally means “adultness of mind.” (1) The phrase “short in stature,” therefore, is a Greco-Roman way to describe what some in our modern, Western society would consider “special needs” or “learning differences.”
And in this famous story, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that He has a purpose and plan for Zacchaeus — that part of His own purpose and plan of redemption requires and necessitates Zacchaeus’ help — for Jesus said he “must” stay with him and not simply “want”. In the same way, we are fully convinced that women and men with special abilities must be a part of our church’s membership, leadership, and mission.
For this reason, we launched a ministry called “Kalos” after the Biblical Greek word for “good” and “beautiful.” As an integral part of our identity as a church, Kalos exists to celebrate the goodness of God and the beauty of His people.
(1) Bullinger, Rev. Ethelbert W., A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament
Kalos exists to celebrate the goodness of God and the beauty of His people.
We believe the two main ways to fulfill the mission of Kalos is to prioritize (a) reading and celebrating the Good News of Jesus and (b) praying for and celebrating the beauty of His people. For this reason, we currently have three spaces for friends with special abilities:
Join us on Mondays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm as we gather in small groups to read The Jesus Storybook Bible and pray for one another.
Our All Abilities Worship Team lead us week-to-week into heart-felt, Jesus-centered worship. Whether with instruments, voices, or passion, this team champions our mission and leads the charge into worship every Sunday morning.
From Chinese New Year to birthdays to house-warming parties, celebration is essential to Kalos. We are regularly celebrating one another over food, desserts, music, dancing, and fun!
EMBRACE AND ENGAGE
If you would like to join us in celebrating the goodness of God and the beauty of His people, please sign up below. “Attend” is an opportunity for friends with special abilities to join in all the Lord is doing in and through Kalos. “Serve” is an opportunity for people of any abilities to help lead and captain the life and future of Kalos.