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A Special Gathering Ministry

Buses carrying people who are mentally challenged pull up to the church building. Other members are unloaded from cars and vans; then they head for the double doors that lead to the fellowship hall where Bible study classes will be held. Each Sunday morning, First United Methodist Church of Melbourne, Florida, hosts a unique congregation of worshipers called The Special Gathering.

Sponsored by more than thirty churches in South Brevard and Indian River Counties from various denominations, The Special Gathering has seen significant growth this past year. The size has increased but, more importantly, they have grown in spiritual maturity. The deacons, elected from the membership, pray for their peers. The choir helps to lead praise and worship. The ushers welcome visitors. They collect, count, and verify the offering. In addition, Joey maneuvers Chrissy's wheelchair into the elevator to the chapel room where their corporate worship is held. Jimmy helps position Beth's walker, and Margaret holds Ben's chocolate cookies snack. They are the church serving and preferring each other.

Special Gathering of South Brevard meets each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM in the Chapel at First Church | Melbourne at 110 East New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL  32901.