The Summer Friendship Gathering video training series offers your church’s volunteer team the information they need to put on a Gathering event, which encourages the formation of Christian community that embraces friends with disabilities, their families, and support staff.

Summer Friendship Gathering Training

Why Summer Friendship Gathering? (3:34)

In this episode Don Boden gives an introduction and shares a story of why Summer Friendship Gatherings are important to everyone involved.

This video is intended for all Summer Friendship Gathering volunteers.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering Theme (5:28)

In this episode Don Boden gives a preview of this year’s Summer Friendship Gathering theme and lessons, “Reimagine Community.” God created us for Christian community and to pray, fellowship, and study God’s Word together. This summer we will learn about belonging, growing, and loving in community.

This video is intended for all Summer Friendship Gathering volunteers.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Large Group Lesson Tips (7:32)

In this episode we offer tips for preparing the large group Bible lesson for all three days of the 2022 Summer Friendship Gathering, including the Worship Service.

This video is intended for the teachers leading the large group Bible lessons and worship service message.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Preparing Large Group, Day 1 (8:34)

In this episode Pam Crowder offers some Biblical insights for preparing the Large Group Bible Lesson for Day 1.

This video is intended for the teachers leading the large group lessons at the 2022 Summer Friendship Gatherings.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Large Group Lesson, Day 1 – Lesson Sample (23:57)

In this Bible study “Reimagine Community,” we will learn about the importance of having Christian community in our lives. This first episode shows the need to belong in community through the story of Ruth and Naomi.

This sample lesson is intended for the teacher preparing the Day 1 Large Group Lesson.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Preparing Large Group, Day 2 (9:58)

In this episode Pam Crowder offers some Biblical insights for preparing the Large Group Bible Lesson for Day 2. 

This video is intended for the teacher preparing the Day 2 Large Group Lesson.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Lesson Sample, Day 2 (22:52)

In this Bible study “Reimagine Community,” we will learn about the importance of having Christian community in our lives. This second episode talks about growing in community and staying connected to Jesus through the parable of the vine and the branches.

This sample lesson is intended for the teacher preparing the Day 2 Large Group Lesson.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Preparing Large Group, Day 3 (12:53)

In this episode Pam Crowder offers some Biblical insights for preparing the Worship Message for Day 3.

This video is intended for the pastor or teacher preparing the Worship Message (Day 3 Lesson) at the 2022 Summer Friendship Gatherings.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Lesson Sample, Day 3 (22:00)

In this Bible study “Reimagine Community,” we will learn about the importance of having Christian community in our lives. This third episode discusses how to love in community through the example Jesus gave His disciples (and us) by washing their feet.

This sample lesson is intended for the teacher preparing the Day 3 Large Group Lesson.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Object Lesson, Day 1 (3:51)

In this object lesson using single strand and braided fishing line we demonstrate how we are stronger together in Christian community than when we are alone.

This video is intended for the teacher preparing the Day 1 Large Group lesson.  

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Object Lesson, Day 2 (3:36)

In this object lesson, we use interlocking blocks to demonstrate how we are connected to Christ and each other. 

This video is intended for teacher preparing the Day 2 Large Group lesson.  

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Preparing for the Discussion Group (8:58)

In this episode we discuss the Discussion Group time, which takes place after the Large Group Lesson. We offer tips for preparing and participating in the discussion group time for Days 1 and 2 of the Gathering.

This video is intended for those volunteers leading the Discussion Groups, as well as any companion who will be participating in the Discussion Groups.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering Discussion Group Activity, Day 1 (4:11)

This activity uses pipe cleaners to demonstrate how we as individuals are connected to Christ and each other in small and large groups.

This video is intended for volunteer leaders and companions participating in a discussion group.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Crafts and Activities.

In this video Pam Crowder demonstrates some crafts and activities for the 2022 Summer Friendship Gathering small discussion group time.

This video is intended for the Summer Friendship Gathering Leadership teams and the volunteers leading the crafts and activities.

Summer Friendship Gathering – Volunteer (13:09)

In this episode Jackie Schaefer offers a vision for the characteristics of a Volunteer Companion. Throughout the Gathering the Companion’s relationship with our friends with disabilities can give a glimpse of the heart of God.

This video is intended for the Summer Friendship Gathering leadership and all volunteer companion teams.

2022 Summer Friendship Gathering – Worship Leader (10:01)

In this episode we offer some ideas for preparing worship opportunities leading into the large group lessons on Days 1 and 2.  We also summarize the plan of having the Day 3 Bible lesson led as the message during the worship service.

This video is intended for the volunteers who will be planning the worship songs for the 2022 Summer Friendship Gathering. 

Summer Friendship Gathering – Facility Planning (8:14)

In this episode Don Boden provides valuable information to help you plan the spaces needed for the three days of the Summer Friendship Gathering.

This video is intended for the volunteers on the Friendship and Gathering Leadership and Facility planning and setup teams.

Summer Friendship Gathering – Registration (13:26)

In this episode Don Boden explains the importance of registration, the volunteers who need to register, those who do not, and the process for background screens.

This video is intended for all Summer Friendship Gathering volunteers.

Summer Friendship Gathering – Food Service (11:37) 

In this episode Jackie Schaefer discusses the dynamics of the Summer Friendship Gathering fellowship meal, facility requirements, and funding possibilities, also emphasizing the importance of the schedule, menu, and special dietary needs.

This video is intended for the Summer Friendship Gathering leadership and food service teams.

Summer Friendship Gathering – Photography and Publicity (8:20)

In this episode, Don Boden explains the importance of photography and publicity and photography tips to raise the awareness for your Friendship group and the Summer Friendship Gathering in your church.
This video is intended for the Friendship or Gathering leadership teams, the photography, and publicity teams.

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