A key part of L'Arche Atlanta's mission is our work to create events and experiences that gather people of all abilities together to imagine. community. differently. Stay in touch with us through our Facebook page to see photos of our latest experiences. If you are interested in hosting a community event or helping plan one, please let us know!
PAST COMMUNITY EVENTS
We've had some fun times in the past year! Scroll down to see pictures from previous community events!
September 9, 2018 -- 6th Birthday Benefit & Bash
Thank you to the 200+ friends that joined us for our 6th Birthday Benefit & Bash! It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating the people that have made L'Arche Atlanta possible the last six (and many more!) years and our bright future ahead! We enjoyed delicious food, fun games, silent and live auctions, and our collective ability to create a world where adults with disabilities are celebrated for the gifts they bring to our communities!
August 11, 2018 - Atlanta Braves Game
On Saturday, August 11, 100 L'Arche Atlanta friends went to SunTrust Park! We were also treated to a pre-game catered reception in the Terrace Garden. Perhaps the highlight for us was before the game even started: one of our Core Members, Patrick, was on the big screen and got to yell 'Play Ball!' at the beginning of the game. It was a fun night -- certainly one we will not soon forget and will look forward to doing again next year!
July 10, 2018 - Jean Vanier Summer Movie Experience
L'Arche Atlanta and the Emory Aquinas Center of Theology co-hostied a screening of an amazing documentary on the incredible life of Jean Vanier who started the first L'Arche community. in Trosley, France. Summer in the Forest, directed Randall Wright, involves us in the lives of some of L'Arche's residents, both in France and in one of its offshoots in Bethlehem. Their humanity, their foibles,and their endearing friendship are all demonstrated powerfully throughout the documentary. Vanier's philosophy that love, peace, and friendship will drive out fear pervades the whole film. The small movement Jean Vanier began has become a world wide movement of love, joy, and solidarity.
140 people from the L'Arche, Aquinas Center, and people from nearby parishes and the community, joined us for the exclusive movie screening. Our conversation about the movie continues on social media: follow us on Facebook to join the conversation!
If you missed the screening, you can watch the trailer here.
We had a great time at our talent show on Saturday, April 21, hosted by First Christian Church of Decatur! About a dozen people and/or duos performed, as well as a special performance by the Tucker Community Choir. Thank you to everyone who attended -- to those who shared their talents, and to those who cheered them on!
February 17, 2018 - Valentine's Dance
Our annual Valentine's Dance is one of our favorite events of the year! On February 17, over 100 people came together at St. Thomas More Catholic Church to eat and dance. Our DJ had everyone dancing and it was a fun evening for all!
December 2, 2017 - Holiday Party
On December 2, 2017, the L'Arche Atlanta community came together for our annual Holiday Party. We had a potluck dinner, caroling , BINGO (with awesome raffle prizes!), a holiday photo booth, and a hot cocoa bar! It was a festive evening full of fun, and we are thankful to all who joined us!
August 12, 2017 - David King Album Release Party
On August 12, David Robert King performed selections from his new album, Sun & Bones: Come By Here, a L'Arche Inspired Project. Members of the CRHP group at Christ the King Cathedral provided a barbecue dinner, the First Christian Church of Decatur provided space, and 100 people joined us to hear David's music. David was joined by longtime L'Arche friend, Jas Ingram, in the performance. David is donating the proceeds from this album to L'Arche Atlanta. If you would like to purchase one please email Tim Moore at email@example.com.
May 4, 2017 - A Night of Song
A Night of Song with Woodward Academy Choir On May 4, 2017, over 80 people joined with members from the First Christian Church of Decatur and the First Christian Church of Atlanta to hear the Woodward Academy Choir perform a selection of songs that expressed the vision of love and hope that are central to the vision of L'Arche. L'Arche Atlanta Core Member, Corbin McKinnon, made a guest appearance and performed on his bagpipes.
The Woodward Academy Adult Community Choir was chartered to promote diversity and inclusion among all employees and to showcase their talents and gifts. This choir serves as ambassadors of Woodward Academy and beyond. This choir consists of faculty, staff, dining service, and parent community as well. Not only does this choir give two concerts within Woodward Academy, but also performs in places such as local nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and shelters for the homeless throughout the year. This choir will present songs to express peace, love, and community. We were so blessed by their performance.
A special thanks to Ann Edmondson, the Choir's Director, and to James Brewer-Calvert and the volunteers at the First Christian Church of Decatur for their hospitality.