Abounding Love

Abounding Love is Colonial’s ministry to and with persons with developmental disabilities. We strive to discover each “Star’s” gifts while recognizing his or her abilities. Rather than promoting a specific “plan of action” for all our Stars, we try to place each one according to his or her specific gifts, talents and ability. Therefore, every Star, as they are able, may assist in prayer, worship and/or service to others. For more information about this ministry, contact Mindy Loparco at 816.501.3020.

Sunday School

The Abounding Love Sunday School currently meets at the Quivira campus at 10:45 AM, Room 118.

Evening Meetings

Our weekly evening meetings include worship, a Bible lesson, prayer, sharing and a time for everyone to shine. About once a month we meet for a special event, in addition to completing a service project.

Wornall Campus: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Fellowship Hall

Quivira Campus: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary

History of Abounding Love

As the mother of a young girl with developmental disabilities, Lawanda Burkett prayed that her daughter Connie would be able to comprehend Bible lessons and sit through church. Her prayers were answered over 20 years ago, through Alison Chestnut Gromer, a young woman with a vision. Alison’s vision was to create a ministry where persons with developmental disabilities could be accepted while learning about Jesus. Alison approached Ted Nissen, Colonial’s senior pastor at the time, who agreed to pioneer this outreach through the church. In a few years, Alison organized a ministry for persons with developmental disabilities based on the mission of teaching the love of Christ. Today, much of our structure remains the same, though now we meet at both campuses, with groups designed for adults with developmental disabilities. These Stars learn God’s mission for their lives, and serve others in the process.

Abounding Love Weather Policies

If we determine weather conditions are dangerously cold or unsafe, we will cancel Abounding Love. Specific instances will include:

  • Falling or accumulating snow
  • Significant cold (wind child below 15 degrees)

Depending upon the severity of the severe weather warnings, we may cancel Abounding Love. Specific instances include:

  • Tornado watch
  • Tornado warning
  • Severe thunderstorms with hail or potential for hail

Call Mindy at 816.501.3020 to hear whether Abounding Love has been canceled due to weather.