May 25, 2013
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What is the difference between a traditional club and a Capernaum club?
Overall, there are some main similarities, but there are also distinguishing differences. Club is still about leaders caring for young people, friendship, adventure, laughter and sharing about God. Yet, the pace of a Capernaum club is slower. Club takes a little more time and incorporates more slapstick humor. Games, skits and activities are adapted so young people with disabilities can be engaged. The club message requires simplicity, repetition and visuals. Capernaum kids are often very enthusiastic because club is a unique time for them to have fun with their leaders and friends.
Could I really help with Capernaum if I do not have experience?
You don’t need to be a “professional” to be a friend to young people with disabilities. All you need is God’s calling on your heart, a willingness to learn and the ability to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. You will quickly find yourself falling in love with these young people as you persevere in learning to be a friend.
Can a young person who is disabled attend a traditional Young Life or WyldLife club?
Absolutely. Every kid is welcome at Young Life. Kids with disabilities have much to offer their able-bodied peers. To find out about the time, date and location of a Young Life or WyldLife club in your area, use the
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Do kids in Capernaum understand what’s being communicated about God?
This is commonly asked regarding young people with intellectual disabilities, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” The hearts and spirits of these young people comprehend what the mind can’t. (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.) Just as God penetrates the mind of a person who is trying to use his or her intellectual abilities to ignore God, God can work in spite of someone’s intellectual disabilities to penetrate his or her heart.
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