Lenten Focus


During this Lenten season, we will explore Embracing Disabilities: Creating an Everybody Mentality.

Matthews UMC is actively committed to nurturing an inclusive church environment that welcomes individuals with disabilities. Despite society's historical complexities in engaging with individuals with disabilities, this movement seeks to transition from an avoidance approach toward a model that promotes the integration of people with disabilities within their communities.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God -- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them." - Ephesians 2:8-10 This season will be guided by this scripture passage as we explore the theme of Embracing Disabilities in Sunday Morning Groups, Sanctuary Worship (including guest speakers Hunter Ross 2/25/24, Amy Julia Becker 3/3/24, Dr. Jeff McSwain 3/10/24 and Laurie Little 3/17/24), Wednesday night dinners and the study of Amy Kenny's My Body is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church, events and more.

Artwork Created by Young Adults with Rainbow Express Ministries

Artwork with hearts
Artwork with four crosses
Artwork with multicolored strokes
Artwork of flowers with birdhouse and butterflies
Artwork of mountains
Artwork with cross and heart
Watercolor artwork of cross
Watercolor artwork of cross and heart
Artwork with hearts and text
Artwork of cross with multicolored background
Artwork of world with people and hearts
Artwork of two people
Artwork of horizontal strokes
Artwork of purple strokes
Artwork of crosses
Pizza artwork
Artwork of cross with sky background
Artwork of dark colorful strokes
Artwork showcasing friends
Artwork of cross with sun
Artwork of green objects
Artwork of cross with striped background
Watercolor artwork of cross and roses with colorful background
Christian McClendon standing beside his Lenten artwork

The church is incomplete without the presence and service of everyone -- watch our video below to learn more!