Joy Class was born out of necessity in 1989 at First Presbyterian Church in Austin Texas. Doris Clark became concerned when her son reached age 21 and there was no longer a place for him in a Sunday School class. Tim, who has Down Syndrome, had been in church school classes for years but as an adult there were no welcoming classes where he could actually learn and contribute.
Out of personal needs, new ministries are formed.
Meaningful adult classes were greatly needed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Classes where students could learn about the church and about their service to God. Classes where students could learn to be contributing members to their church.
Out of this need the guidebook, FEED ALL MY SHEEP with the curriculum, CHURCH WORDS, was born and a class called Joy Class was begun in 1989.
Several Joy Classes have begun across the country and more are needed. Most churches could find a group home or persons
living in apartments or at home who need this class.
Doris Clark is an educator and has been a teacher and lay leader in the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist denominations.
She lives in Trophy Club, Texas with her husband, Bill Splichal. Her son, Tim has Down Syndrome and resides in an Evergreen Group Home in Arlington, Texas. She is a member of White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas where she is Coordinator of God's Special Servants class. She has served on the boards of Texoma MHMR and Evergreen Life Services where she was instrumental in beginning the Shepherd Church Program. Her books have been used by teachers across the USA and as far as Ukraine.
Mrs. Clark is available for consultation and workshops. Call to visit with her regarding your church class needs.
Books are available from this site or by calling the above number.
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* Feed All My Sheep
* Joy Dancing
* A Study Guide for adult classes with
developmental disabilities for use with The
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
* Simply Faith Hope & Love (This prayer book is
our newest publication. Great item for gifts for
students and friends.)
* I Can Do It , Life Skill Lessons
* Chrismons , Christmas Curriculum
* A Gift for Us, Study about the Gifts of the Spirit
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