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Special Connections at St. James UMC

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Special Connections in Tampa is focused on enriching the spiritual, social and emotional needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Everyone can join in the fun through Sunday school, social events, worship services and more. Additionally, St. James strives to provide respite and support of the families and caregivers of those living with disabilities.

This outreach-focused programming is open to ALL families in the Tampa community and Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Oldsmar, Pinellas county or beyond, regardless of religious affiliation. We have served individuals of all disabilities including but not limited to, brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, tourette syndrome, down syndrome, blindness and low vision, hearing loss and/or sensory processing disorders.

The centerpiece of our adult programming for special needs is our monthly “Joys” gathering. We typically meet on the second Friday of every month from 7pm – 9pm. The first hour, Joys of Jesus, is focused on worship with great music, a practical biblical message and additional elements such as skits in which our guests are encouraged to be part of to reinforce the message of the evening. We also have guest artists visit of various genres to share their talents such as worshipful dance and contemporary Christian bands.

At 8pm, we close worship and begin the social hour of the evening with everything from dances, to movies and more! Attending both hours is not necessary to be part of the Joys experience, but if you do, you are guaranteed to have fun!

Periodically throughout the year, Joys will also go off-campus for social activities such as seeing a Rays game or a water ski show. Each year, come experience our annual “Red Carpet Affair” dance which attracts many from the community.

Joys is open to those who range in age from 16 years to ageless.

To register for our upcoming Joys of Jesus programming click here. 

Upcoming 2018 Dates for Joys of Jesus:

  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 11
  • April 7 – The Red Carpet Affair
  • May 11
  • June – OFF
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 7
  • October 12
  • November 2 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 7 (Christmas)