Rooftop Friends Disability Ministry
Rooftop Friends is the disabilities ministry of Young Meadows Presbyterian Church, seeking to share the love of Christ with families and individuals who are involved with loved ones, or even themselves who struggle with a physical, cognitive or behavioral disability. As part of that, YMPC believes as members of the Body of Christ, we all are given a certain purpose and responsibity in the Body and that we need to aid one another in helping carry out the work the Lord has for us to do for his kingdom service.
The great need for having a ministry such as Rooftop Friends came about through Biblical teaching and studying of God's Word as it tells us in Luke 14:12-24 in the Parable of the Great Banquet to "Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, and crippled and blind and lame"; and "Go out the highways and the hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."(vs.21,23).
The Joni and Friends International Disabiilities Ministry has enabled families with disabilities and many others on our YMPC family to learn how to love and care for those with disabilities through being involved in their Family Retreats since 2001. From being apart of Family Retreats, YMPC has gone into other areas of ministry by helping with local disability organizations such as MANE, by volunteeering and having an on-site VBS; the Miracle League with coaching, building relationships with players and families; helping start a disabilities sports program through a local college; having a state-wide wheelchair collection drive for JAF Wheels for the World; participating in a JAF Warrior Getaway for military families; respite care, and throwing a wonderful Valentine's Dance and Dinner for a nearby group home for adults with cognitive disabilities, just to name of few of the activities through the years.
While the programs are a great deal of fun and a wonderful way for members and friends of YMPC to get to work together, but the most important aspect is those personal relationships with parents, those with disabilities, seeing that we are all people created in the image of God. We are not to be segregated by our differences, but are to be dependent upon Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to accept one another as one in him. That is when God does "exceedingly abundantly above all that we can aski or think". Ephesians 3:20.