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An introduction to the ministries of

The Special Gathering

A ministry within the mentally challenged community.

Rev. Richard Stimson
P.O. Box 685, Cocoa, FL 32923
(321) 252-9391
rstimson@specialgathering.com

The Special Gathering in ...  
North Brevard County, Florida
Cocoa   --   Titusville
South Brevard & Vero Beach
Melbourne & Vero Beach
Volusia County, Florida
Daytona   --   DeLand
Walterboro, South Carolina
Links to some of our friends.
Special Gathering BLOG
Articles About The Special Gathering
How we develop our sermons
Our Choir at the IRC United Methodist Church
NEW: Colby Memorial Internship which will provide for an annual 12 months internship
with the Special Gathering which will include housing and a thousand dollars a month stipend.
Please call for information.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating in
or supporting this program, please give us a call.

Camp Agape


The heart of our ministries is our chapel program.
A chapel service is defined as a religious service which is subordinate to the local church. The Special Gathering Chapel Services are religious services for the mentally challenged community sponsored by local churches. For many of our members, this is in addition to their involvement in their own churches. For many of our members this becomes their church. Including all chapels, between 350 to 400 people worship weekly in a service designed for them. They also attend one of 21 instructional classes which are designed for their particular needs.

Richard Stimson Richard and Nancy Stimson Nancy Stimson Those we serve.

Richard & Nancy Stimson and those we serve.
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The Titusville Chapel
The Titusville Chapel
The Cocoa Chapel
The Cocoa Chapel

But there is more:

Special Gatherings participants Advocacy

  • We help mentally challenged persons and their families advocate for themselves.
  • We serve as a third party advocate for our members.
  • We advocate for a Christian view on disability issues.
  • We help our members and their families know what options they have available to them.

Fellowship

  • Camp Agape is our annual camp in Vero Beach for mentally challenged persons.
  • We conduct field trips to local attractions and theme parks.
  • We plan and have socials where we come together to eat and fellowship.

Ministry Teams

  • We have three choirs who sing at local chapels, churches and civic groups.
  • We have a trio which sings at local gatherings.
  • We do Christmas play productions at four locations annually
  • We train local members to speak, lead in worship, usher, pray and to perform other functions in a local chapel or church.

Training

  • We sponsor an annual conference for those in disability ministry.
  • We publish a quarterly newsletter for those in disability ministry.
  • We consult with those people who are starting disability ministries.
  • We have a manual on starting a disability ministry.

Education

  • We conduct Disability Simulation Workshops in local churches.
  • We have a Speaker's Bureau where we speak at local churches, schools and civic groups.
  • Our choir sings and shares on many different occasions.

Publications

  • We publish Connecting Point, a newsletter written for and by mentally challenged persons.
  • We have had articles published about us and written by us in such publications as Christianity Today, Presbyterian Survey, United Methodist Reporter, Pentecostal Evangel and Charisma.


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