A Note From Steve

Willow Friends,

As a church, we only have a handful of annual traditions we uphold. And one such tradition wrecks me in the best of ways, every time: a yearly musical production presented by our Special Friends community. This weekend, we have the joy of celebrating the incredible abilities of students (ages 10–18) who face a variety of intellectual and physical challenges. In my opinion, celebrating these kids is church at its finest.

I can’t wait for you to see the amazing abilities these kids have—they can sing, dance, and inspire an audience in ways you’ve never experienced. It’s truly something to behold.

Two things I especially love about this Willow tradition are:

1) No one stands alone. Each artist partners with a peer mentor. And if you’ve ever been in a theater production, you’ve experienced a kind of camaraderie where real friendships develop. The same is true for our Special Friends artists and their mentors. Their differences disappear as they get to know each other as true friends.

2) It’s a volunteer extravaganza. Mounting a stage production like Cinderella takes a lot of horsepower, and volunteers come out of the woodwork to pitch in. Led by our directors and Special Friends staff, a full behind-the-scenes cast of volunteers provides coaching, builds sets, gathers props, helps with hair and makeup, prepares costuming, offers tech support, and more. And among these adults, a community of friends has formed.

If you’re looking for a place to get connected at Willow, consider volunteering with Special Friends. You’re sure to meet fantastic people doing meaningful work!

Join me this weekend as we celebrate our Special Friends artists, mentors, and volunteers.

With gratitude,

P.S. Thank you to the 200+ people who texted in to learn more about serving our kids and students ministries! If you missed it, it’s not too late to get involved. You can still text “KIDS” to 69922 for more information on the incredible opportunities available to serve the youth in our church.

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