On Friday, August 15 Hope UMC and Garfield Memorial Church gifted teens and adults with special needs a night they will never forget – the Heart of Rock and Roll Prom.
The unforgettable evening was chronicled by Cleveland’s Own Fox 8 News.
“It was an incredible night, with over 600 in attendance,” said the Rev. Chip Freed of Garfield Memorial Church.
“One of the goals for doing this was to be an advocate for special needs,” said Shane Geisheimer of Hope UMC in Bedford. “I’ve heard from many people all over the country thanking us for doing this.”
More than 70 groups and organizations in Northeast Ohio worked together to make the evening possible. One of those groups was Key Ministry, which developed the Vineyard Prom in Cincinnati several years ago that was used as the model for the Heart of Rock and Roll Prom.
“No church can do everything, but every church can do something. And several small churches working together can do some pretty amazing things!” Dr. Steve Grcevich, director of special needs ministry at Key Ministry wrote in his blog about the event.
On Saturday, September 13 Hope UMC will hold a special needs-themed program and worship service. All prom guests, their families and members of the Greater Cleveland community will be invited to attend.