L'Arche Metro Richmond
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
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In 2007, moms of three adults with disabilities were stumped by one question:
Where will my child live when she leaves home?
After months of searching, they visited L'Arche (rhymes with "marsh") and saw persons with disabilities and assistants sharing a life of faith and beautiful relationships - a life they dreamed of for their children. Inspired by hope, they made a commitment to bring L'Arche to Metro Richmond.
Today, L'Arche Metro Richmond has a thriving community of friends that gathers for celebrations, luncheons, "Pizza with the Pastor" picnics, outreach activities, and more. Persons with disabilities and loved ones form relationships, support networks, and community, and they find purpose.
In January 2016, the L'Arche USA Board unanimously voted to welcome L'Arche Metro Richmond as a Project of L'Arche USA and we began in earnest the serious work and fundraising to open L'Arche homes.
What is L'Arche?
L'Arche is global community of faith that celebrates the gifts of persons with intellectual disability - gifts of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. In the USA, L'Arche provides family-like homes where where persons with and without intellectual disability live as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. At the heart of L'Arche are adults with intellectual disability, core members, and the relationships that arise from a shared life.
France 1964 - L'Arche Founder, Jean Vanier, invited two men with intellectual disability to leave the institution where they lived and share a home. They called their home, L'Arche, French for "The Ark" (from the Bible story of Noah and the Ark) - a place of safety and refuge. Vanier's hope "to do for" grew to a sacred commitment "to be with and befriend."
Today hundreds of L'Arche communities flourish around the world, 19 in the USA (including L'Arche Metro Richmond). L'Arche honors the dignity of every human being - core members are companions, friends, and teachers; not clients, patients, or service recipients.
Assistants come from around the world to live in L'Arche. They accompany (not supervise) and share lives of love and respect. Beyond the home, a community of friends shares in celebration and prayer.
Events around the Corner
L'Arche Walking Club - A "Healthy Living Program" Activity
Every Tuesday at 11:30 AM & Thursday at 4:30 PM
Regency Square Mall – 1420 Parham Rd. - Park in the lower level covered deck & enter the mall entrance. Do you have a L'Arche t- shirt? If yes, please wear it. If not, we'll have extras.
Sunday, April 15 - 2 Events - Holy Comforter Episcopal - Monument Avenue & Staples Mill Road
"Gold Chicken Player" Planning Meeting - April 15, 3 PM - Holy Comforter
It's time to start planning this year's "Gold Chicken Player" variety show. What songs will we sing? What will our theme be? Where will we perform? What date and time? What will we need? and more. You can be a part from the very beginning to plan this year's show.
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church- Monument & Staples Mill. Please RSVP -email@example.com
Then, you are invited to stay for Story Time Worship & Dinner (see below).
- Story Time Worship & Dinner - April 15, 4:30 PM (3rd Sunday of each month) - Holy Comforter
"Gold Chicken" Director, Ellen Hall, and Holy Comforter Episcopal Church invite you to their monthly Story Time Worship & Dinner. Come to the 4:30 Story Time service. Play a drum or a tambourine and listen as Rev. Hilary Smith, tells fun Bible stories. The service is short (30 minutes) and offers Eucharist if you want to participate. Dinner is provided if you want to stay. If you know you're coming in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If not that's cool too! Come be with us!
Second Sunday Luncheon at Padow's - Next on Sunday, June 10
The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. So, in May only, we cancel our Second Sunday Luncheon. If you are a mother, have a mother, or know and love a mother, enjoy Mother's Day on May 13.
Our Second Sunday luncheon will resume on Sunday, June 10. Join us at Padow's to gather with new and old friends. Great food ... terrific company. RSVP is not required.
Who? You, your family, & your friends
When? Sunday, June 10, 12:30 PM (or shortly after, we're flexible)
Where? Padow's Deli - 4120 Cox Road, Glen Allen 23061
Near Cox & Broad. Next to Hondo's & Cartridge World
Re-Imagined Community Life Group (CLG)
Our “re-imagined” Community Life Group (CLG) is now led by friends with disabilities. If you are a core friend, loved one, or a friend who wants to mentor or be a part of the “re-imagination,” email email@example.com . Stay tuned for a new wave of L’Arche activities!