Jesus Club Members and best friends, Tamara and Sue.

Who we are

Jesus Club is a network of ministries that cater for people with intellectual disabilities. We meet together for friendship, food, fun activities and, most importantly, to learn about Jesus.

Our Members are adults from all walks of life. Some live alone, some live with parents or friends, some do paid work and some don’t. Our Members have intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, autism, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome and any other kind of intellectual impairment. Some of our Members are literate, many are not, some love to dance, most love refreshments time.

Our Leaders are Christians who volunteer with the fortnightly program. Some love chatting with Members, some make yummy sandwiches, some have prior experience in the disability field, but most don't. All Leaders have a desire to see our Members enjoying a friendship with God. Together Leaders and Members join in the program's activities and help each other know Jesus Christ.

Our Host Churches are local churches that care about people with disabilities and run a Jesus Club program. A Jesus Club is sometimes run by a group of local churches rather than just one. Some of the clubs have dozens of Members but most clubs have about 5-15.

Our Committee is called WeBelong Inc and oversees the overall Jesus Club mission. Our Committee regularly meets to pray and work out how to support, train and resource churches to do the frontline work of this mission.

The aim of Jesus Club

Our aim is to make Jesus Christ known to people with intellectual disabilities by sharing the good news about Jesus Christ and forming genuine friendships. 

Our goal is to help our Members experience all the blessings of being a Christian.  

What happens at a typical Jesus Club program

A typical Jesus Club session begins with games and chatting. A lesson from the Bible is taught, using a range of visuals and songs. Members then break up into smaller "Buddy Groups" groups to reflect on what they've learnt. The next activity of craft is a favourite for many (particularly painting!). The night concludes with delicious refreshments and a fun activity. While Jesus Club programs may vary slightly across clubs, you can always expect warm fellowship and a Bible lesson.

A typical Jesus Club program.

Special events are held during the year including discos, birthday parties and outings to the park or movies. Some clubs host a special Christmas dinner each year and invite families of Members to join.

Jesus Club is about genuine friendship. These friendships often extend into regular social situations - we might go to dinner together or write cards to each other during the week.

Photo taken in 2010 of Heather, Lisa and Lucy.

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