Abounding Love is Colonial’s ministry to and with persons with developmental disabilities. We strive to discover each gifts while recognizing his or her abilities. Each person, 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 or email.

Gather Together

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.

South KC Campus: 9500 Wornall Rd , Kansas City, MO 64114
Thursdays, 12-1:30pm, Room 302

Overland Park Campus: 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66221
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm in the LightHouse
Wednesdays, 10:30-12pm in the LightHouse
Sunday School currently meets at the Overland Park Campus at 9am, Room 100E.

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.

Register for any Abounding Love gathering, contact Mindy Loparco, 816.502.3020 or email.

Register for any or all Abounding Love gatherings, Contact Mindy Loparco, 816.501.3020.

Newsletter coming soon!

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.