The Jesus Club ministry aims to make Jesus Christ known among people with intellectual disabilities, through Bible teaching and genuine friendship. Anglican Aid partners with WeBelong Inc, which administers Jesus Club branches in a number of churches across Sydney. The group wants to help churches establish intellectual disability ministries, and to support them.
The Jesus Club movement was born in 2006 with a small fortnightly Bible study group for adults with intellectual disabilities that met in Gladesville. The concept was simple - a Bible lesson, yummy sandwiches, music and socialising. In 2013, Jesus Club decided to help other churches set up similar clubs and within a few years, there were multiple clubs serving over 80 people with intellectual disabilities. Since there is very little Bible material available across the world for this population, Jesus Club also writes its own material and provides free access to a huge online library of resources.
Taylor, 20, has been part of Jesus Club at Castle Hill for about two years. Along with many other Jesus Club members from around Sydney, he was an exhibitor in last year’s New Life Art Show at St Mark's Anglican Church, Northbridge.
Taylor has some great advice for sharing our faith: “If people don’t know Jesus, try and encourage them to learn the Bible … If you encourage them to read the Bible then they will see that this is interesting to follow. Then you can take the next step by inviting them to come along to church…I thank God every day for coming into my life.”
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