Night Out With Loving Sitters

Night Out With Loving Sitters

Night OWLS is a monthly program for special needs children and their families. Parents bring children, ages 2 through 12, to the church for dinner and planned activities while the adults have an evening to themselves. Drop-off time is between 5:45 and 6:00 pm and pick-up time is between 8:30 and 9:00 pm, providing a three-hour time span for the family. Each special needs child has an adult buddy; additional volunteers (youth and adults) help with programming for siblings. Arts and crafts, drum circle, games, stories, puzzles, and movies are just some of the choices for each evening.

Night OWLS requires advance registration and is limited in the number of families that can be accommodated each evening. A family form, available through the church office, must be completed in September of each year or before a family first participates in Night OWLS. Once a family form is on file, registration is on a first come-first served basis each month. Night OWLS meets each third Saturday of the months of September – November, and January – May. Persons can register in person or by phone during regular church office hours, through the mail, or by emailing the coordinator, Lynn Mikels, Pastor of Faith Formation(l.mikels@fumcah.com).

Thinking about Volunteering with Night OWLS?

Night OWLS’ success depends on our caring teams of youth and adult volunteers. While all buddies must be at least in high school or older, middle schoolers are invited to serve as program aides. Volunteers lead activities, help as greeters and hall monitors, assist with dinner, play with siblings and, of course, serve as buddies. Volunteers can help every month, every other month, or sporadically. All of our adult volunteers are screened according to Safe Sanctuary child protection guidelines. Interested in joining this very rewarding effort? Please contact Lynn Mikels, Pastor of Faith Formation(l.mikels@fumcah.com).

 

Last Published: March 29, 2017 4:20 PM