Friends of L'Arche Central VA
Spirituality...Relationships...Servant Leadership... Community...Celebration
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YOU are invited!
What is Friends of L'Arche?
We are an emerging L'Arche community and a not for profit charity in partnership with L'Arche USA and L'Arche International. Our gatherings and activities enhance lives today as we work to bring L'Arche homes to Metro Richmond.
Right Now - Our vibrant community of friends invites YOU to join us in celebration, worship, sports, gatherings, and outreach projects to give back to our larger community. We nurture relationships, build community, provide a sense of purpose, and reveal the gifts and talents of persons with disabilities.
Near Future - We're planning L'Arche homes within the next few years where persons with and without disabilities share life with spirituality, celebration, and dignity to benefit persons who live in L'Arche and persons throughout the Richmond Metropolitan Area (RMA).
- Stable, Loving, Family-like Homes
L'Arche homes will be the foundation to explore interests, pursue dreams, and develop skills to engage, contribute, and leave a lasting impact on the RMA.
- A Shared Life, A Good Life
Persons with & without disabilities share a life of spirituality, celebration, and dignity.
- Beyond the Home
We foster relationships & community with persons with & without disabilities throughout the RMA, welcoming partnerships and participation - enhancing life far beyond the home.
- A Sign of Hope
We strive to be a role model of respect, dignity and love - an inspiration to multiply the impact.
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 family-like homes. They 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.
Communities around the world enjoy a bond of solidarity; they pray for each other, help each other, and gather for wonderful celebrations.
L'Arche reveres the dignity of every human being. L'Arche strengthens our local communities, engages in advocacy, and celebrates the gifts of persons with disabilities. L'Arche is a sign of hope.
Learn more about L'Arche USA and the International L'Arche Community here.
Events around the Corner
Pizza with the Pastor - Monday, November 23, 6 PM
You are invited to join us for our monthly "Pizza with the Pastor."
"Dance, dance wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance, said He! And I'll lead you all wherever you may be and I'll lead you all in the dance, said He."
After our Pizza Party, Pastor Mike Hamilton (Director on our Board & Chaplain of The Virginia Home) will lead us in prayer, song, drama, games, and conversation as we enjoy each other and celebrate God's love.
|When||Monday, November 23, 6 PM (or shortly after)|
|Where||Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Road, Henrico 23233|
Second Sunday Luncheon
Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:30 PM
Our longest running and among our most loved social events
No RSVP is required; the food is great; & the company is terrific. Come as you are. Your friends & family are welcome.
|When||Sunday, November 8, 12:30 - 2:00 (Arrive anytime)|
|Where||Padow's Hams & Deli - 4120 Cox Road, Glen Allen 23060 - The Shoppes at Innsbrook, near Cox & Broad, next to Hondo's & Cartridge World|
Community Life Group Meeting
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.
|When||Tuesday, February, 23, 7:00 PM|
|Where||2234 Pump Road, Henrico 23233|