What is Rest Day?
Rest Day has become one of Grace’s largest outreaches to the community. This dream to give parents of children with disabilities an afternoon of rest started 7 years ago and we served just 15 families. It has now grown to serve over 70 families every REST Day. Families will drop off their kids (21 & younger), and then leave for an afternoon of rest or errands or even a date! Then volunteers spend the afternoon preparing dinners in the kitchen, playing games with kids, running activity rooms or helping the kids have a wonderful and safe time.
Additional information for families, donating food or volunteering can be found below the sign up links. Please do not hesitate to email or call us anytime with questions.
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE WHAT REST DAY IS ALL ABOUT!
Disabilities Ministry Pastor: Carissa Mortenson
Rest Day Director: Julia Kardian
Winter/Spring Rest Day Dates - February 4th and April 1st
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Family Liaison - Sarah McCullough & Linda Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Families signing up receive a day of REST – THANK YOU for reaching out to Rest Day and we can’t wait to provide you with an afternoon of Rest. To sign up your children, please complete a separate form for each child by clicking on “KIDS”. You will receive an email the week of Rest Day with your child’s color group and other details for the day. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions prior to Rest Day. If you are new to rest day, please be on the look out for a call from one of our family liaisons. They look forward to discussing your children and going through their forms with you so we make sure they have a wonderful and and safe time while you enjoy some rest!
Meal Coordinators - Mary Martin & Amy Lopez, email@example.com
We need 75 meals to send home for our families to enjoy. By clicking on the “FOOD” box, you can view our menu for the day, the recipes and all our FOOD needs. Fill in the google doc to let us know what you want to donate. All donations can be dropped off the Friday before Rest Day and that Saturday morning by 11am. You do not need to fill out the volunteer link to donate food. Only complete the FOOD form.
Volunteer Coordinator - Amanda Wolfe, firstname.lastname@example.org
What do volunteers do at Rest Day?
*We typically have around 100 kids participate and need about 150 volunteers.
*We need 15 volunteers to serve in the kitchen preparing them to send home. If you love to prepare meals and want to serve in the kitchen scene, we need you!
*We need 10 nurses and medical staff to staff our day. If you are a nurse and want to serve in this way, we need you!
*We need 100 volunteers to serve in groups alongside our friends with disabilities and their siblings, to take them around to our planned activities, and to become friends with them.
*We need 60 volunteers to serve in our 7 activity rooms to help execute all the fun our friends will have! We do crafts, games, face painting, a rumble room, music and the surprise “fun” room. Too much fun!
*We want to remind everyone that we love families serving together. Any age can serve at Rest Day but we do not want kids under 16 serving by themselves or with other friends without some adult present with them that can look out for them, help them serve & help them process this serving experience. We have provided a spot for you to list your kids that are serving with you rather than you having to sign up each kid separately.
WHAT ABOUT TRAINING? WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF THE DAY?
We provide all your training that day. We ask every volunteer to serve from 11:30 - 4:30 because of this. From 11:30-12:45 we will give you lunch and have a training session. We will answer any questions you have, provide you all the information you will need for the day, and do a training on disabilities as well so you don't feel unprepared or afraid or worried. The families come from 1-4. Then at 4, after the families head home, we do a quick clean up of the church and a debrief. With 150 volunteers, church is clean in no time!
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER?
Click on the “VOLUNTEER” box and complete your registration form. If you do not complete this form, you will not be able to serve. We require this form for all volunteers at Rest Day. Upon submission of this form, we will email your personal reference and then send you the background check information. If you have any questions about why we do these 2 steps, we would love for you to read our screening policy. You can contact us anytime with questions.
Learn more about our background check policy.