Friends of L'Arche Central VA
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
To find our upcoming events, please scroll down. You are invited.
Beginning a Tradition of Volunteering
Our ReStore Day (March 28, 2015) was great fun and a wonderful way to enjoy the gift of giving, build relationships, reveal the gifts of persons with disabilities, and find purpose. ReStore sells donated goods to the general public at reduced prices. Proceeds go to Richmond's Habitat for Humanity.
What is Friends of L'Arche Central VA?
We are an emerging L'Arche community with a vibrant community of friends. We are a not for profit charity and we look forward to building L'Arche homes in Metro Richmond. YOU are invited to to join us as we celebrate, worship, play, and build relationships and community.
Friends of L'Arche enhances lives today with celebrations, gatherings, worship, and outreach projects to give back to our larger community - activities that nurture relationships, build community, provide a sense of purpose, and reveal the gifts and talents of persons with disabilities.
We are working diligently towards founding L'Arche homes where persons with and without intellectual disabilities share life with spirituality, celebration, and dignity.
What is L'Arche?
L'Arche, French for "The Ark" (from the Bible story of Noah and the Ark), is a global community of faith that celebrates the gifts of all persons. L'Arche creates communities and inclusive family-like homes for persons with disabilities and those who share lives with them.
Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, today hundreds of L'Arche communities flourish around the world, 17 in the USA. L'Arche is a community of faith, welcoming persons of all faiths or no faith. L'Arche communities reveal and honor the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities - gifts of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship.
Assistants come from around the world to live in L'Arche. All in the home are like family. Assistants accompany (not supervise) and share lives of love and respect with core members. As assistants discover the gifts core members offer, they grow in friendship, respect, and personal awareness. Beyond the home, a community of friends shares in celebrations and prayer.
L'Arche welcomes all and is a sign to the world of the significant gifts of persons with disabilities. Communities around the world enjoy a bond of solidarity; they pray for each other, help each other, and gather for wonderful celebrations.
L'Arche communities revere the dignity of every human being. They strengthen our local communities, engage in advocacy, and raise awareness of the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche is a sign of hope.
Learn more about L'Arche USA and the International L'Arche Community here.
Upcoming Events - YOU are invited!
Sunday, April 12, 12:30 - 2:00
Our longest running and perhaps most loved social event
When: Sunday, April 12, 12:30-2:00 (Arrive anytime)
Sunday, April 26, 11 AM
We look forward to visiting River Road Baptist Church, home church of Cynthia, Ken, and Shelly Lantz. We come together quarterly to pray, learn, celebrate, sing, and enjoy each other’s company and the company of parishioners. In the process, we learn about each other’s faith traditions.
Who: You. All are welcome
Tuesday, April 28, 7 PM
You are invited. We welcome your ideas, your viewpoints, and your friendship. We plan events and strengthen our community and spirituality. Some are very involved and others attend when they can. Join in at whatever level you want. All persons, with & without disabilities are welcome.
Where: Columbian Center - 2324 Pump Henrico 23233
We're studying the Gospel of John, using Jean Vanier's Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John. We'll discuss John 17 which corresponds with Chapter 22 in Vanier's book. If you don't have Vanier's book, reading the scripture is fine. You can join in whether or not you've read the earlier scripture and/or chapters.