Teens and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

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Class at Centennial UMC, Rosevile, MN

Being in Ministry with all people

The Flames and The Well groups in Minnesota and Matthew’s Ministry in Kansas are churches in vibrant ministry with people who have intellectual disabilities. If your church has a ministry to share, please contact us: information@umcdmc.org.


Flames Sunday School and confirmation series engages and prepares teens and adults of all abilities to participate in worship and church life. Use it in classes for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Or it can supplement materials in typical student classes. It has United Methodist beliefs written at a 3rd grade reading level. One pastor taught the communion lesson a week prior to starting communion serving by persons with autism, brain injuries and intellectual disabilities. Lessons include songs from the United Methodist Hymnal, Chuck Knows Church videos, Bible verses, discussion, prayer, and hands-on activities. “God Across Cultures” continues the confirmation series by sharing about other religions, cultures, and denominations.

Use these lessons in any order in your church setting, to help Christians relate to others at church, home, work, school, and the community. They are provided free of charge, although if you find them useful, please consider a donation to help fund and continue our work. 

Faith Development Overview and Lessons

God Across Cultures Overview and Lessons

  • Leader’s Guide: Word or PDF
  • Lesson 1: Judaism: Word or PDF
  • Lesson 2: Islam: Word or PDF
  • Lesson 3: Native Americans: Word or PDF (Newman)
  • Lesson 4: Our Buddhist friends: Word or PDF
  • Lesson 5: Our Deaf and Hard-of-hearing friends: Word or PDF
  • Lesson 6: Our Roman Catholic Friends: Word or PDF