March – April 2020 – Our AIR Ministries are currently suspended to ensure the safety and health of our friends. We hope to be meeting together again soon. Check back for updates.
ARTS – INSPIRATION –RESPITE for our mild to moderate dementia population.
Providing a fun, safe, place in the Leavenworth community to come enjoy arts and music for a few hours.
The 5 Ws
WHY—Service to the community in an area of great need.
WHAT—Provide and maintain sanctity and dignity for people in our community through art, music and fellowship.
WHO—People actively living with early to moderate dementia and their caregivers.
WHEN—Monday afternoon for 3 hours to fit the needs of the community.
WHERE—First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth, Kansas, Educational Building 423 Chestnut St.
Sacred Arts Opportunities (What we do)
Planned Arts Opportunities
Music, Dance, Drama, Comedy
Drawing, Painting, Crafts
Memory & Social Activities
Provide a place for Caregivers to come and visit with someone who cares.
Future Arts Opportunities
Culinary, Gardening, Flower arranging
Story Telling, Poetry
Friends: We want everyone to feel welcome when they come to AIR. The people who are living with dementia have led productive lives. Our goal is to show them the respect they deserve. We don’t call them patients because this is not a medical program. We don’t call them members because this isn’t a club. We call them friends.
Caregivers: The family members or loved ones who care for our “friends” deserve to have some time where they don’t have to worry about their family member. Our plan is to give them a few hours a week to do what they want whether it is go home and take a nap, go shopping, read a book, reach out to a friend.
Care Partners: People are available each time if the caregiver wants to talk with someone. They can offer a prayer, or simply listen to the struggles they are experiencing on this journey.
Host: Each session, we will have someone at the door to meet and welcome our friends. These individuals will help with registration and ensure our friends are comfortable during our time here. We provide light snacks for anyone who comes.
Partners: Our volunteers work one-on-one with our friends to keep them engaged with our activities and build relationships with them.
Coordinators:Two of our staff have accepted this ministry as part of their gift to the community. These folks work with our partners to have activities and music available for our friends.
HERE’S A SAMPLE OF WHAT GOES ON DURING A TYPICAL AFTERNOON AT AIR
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and Fellowship Time – Chapel 1:15 – 2:00 Moving to the music – Room 103 2:00 – 2:15 Matching Game (or other quiet activity) – Room 101 2:15 – 2:30 Snack – Chapel 2:30 – 3:00 Service Project – Room 101 3:00 – 3:30 Art Project – Room 101 3:30 – 4:00 Sing-along – Room 101
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can minister with us by being a Care Partner, Host, or Partner as defined above, or by providing refreshments.