We have a new Team at Rise called EMBRACE. This team is specifically created to wrap around children and families in the Foster, Adoptive and Special needs communities.
Our heart and goal is incredibly simple - we want to embrace these specific families with tangible support and love.
This ministry was born out of years of walking the hard road of parenting children coming from hard places and those who needed extra support.
Our families are battle-worn, they fight and advocate within systems that are not built to really understand our children.
They face discouragement when their friends don’t quite understand what they are going through.
Our families at times walk in some of the deepest grief there is, they choose in brokenness to continue on and find creative ways to meet their children’s needs, often setting aside their own needs in the name of survival.
These families are sometimes out of words, they want and need support but they are unable to find the strength to explain it all again.
This is where God does some of His best work! His incredible power and love work through His people!
In Exodus 17 Moses finds himself emotionally and physically DONE and drained yet a battle is upon God’s people.
So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 Joshua did as Moses had instructed him and fought against the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed; but when he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held his hands up, one on each side, so that his hands remained steady until the sun went down So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his army with the sword. EXODUS 17:9-12
Church family THIS is where we come in! We can do what our church does best - Rise up! If you are interested in getting involved with our team we have 3 easy ways for you to serve. We are providing respite to parents and caring for children in 3 intentional ways.
1.Foster/Adoptive Support group
This happens the 1st Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm. LEARN MORE & REGISTER
2. Ladies Bible Study
This is serving Foster, Adoptive and Special needs moms and those who are supporting them. This happens the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9am-11:30am. LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Serving kids who need a little extra support. This is happening each week at the 4pm service.
Lastly, if you are a Foster, Adoptive or Special needs family let us know who you are. Don’t allow time to go by, reach out to our team and let us know how we can better serve you.
You can find our information at rise.cc/embrace where you can register for Support group and Bible study. There is also a place to register your children for the Embrace classroom at the Sunday 4pm service, this is a MUST so we can learn a bit more about you and be better able to serve you. We couldn’t be more excited to meet you and stand alongside you - You are not alone!