Sibshop – a Great Outreach!

“Thank you so much, he had a great time! I think it is just perfect
and exactly what he needs right now!”

 

A quote from a recent e-mail, sent from a grateful parent of a child who attended his first Sibshop earlier this year and is a regular attendee now.  Our Green Sibshop, as well as the hundreds of Sibshops across this country and the world, provides brothers and sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational and safe setting.  Our group came into being in June of 2016, and we are pleased to share that our program grows each month as we continue to welcome new children from all over our area.

Through the generosity of Greensburg United Methodist Church, we have the use of an area of the building that is perfect for our once a month events — plenty of room for crafts, active games and lots of fun.  We currently are reaching out to kids in 3rd through 6th grade.  Our growth has been slow but steady, and at this time we are serving approximately a dozen children, with room for more, of course.  Our events are always on a Saturdays from 10:30 to 1:30, lunch is provided, and there is no charge.

These kids don’t take long to form bonds with one another, to relax, and have a good time.  We always include an opportunity for some discussion activities.  This can happen informally while making a yummy food craft (we just made applesauce at our October event) or in a planned activity designed to encourage participants to reflect on their experiences with their siblings with special needs, if they choose to.  These opportunities to share help produce a feeling among the boys and girls that they are not alone in this life experience.

Most of all, we have fun!  And that’s really what a Sibshop is all about.  For registration information, please visit www.greensburgumc.net or http://www.facebook.com/greensibshops/. You may also call the church office at (330) 896-1936.

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