Guest post by Ashley Parks & Pearl Holland, Christ Church Special Needs Ministry

April 26 was definitely an Evening to Remember for the special needs community of the Mid-South. Memphis Joy Prom just wrapped up six years of full-scale prom celebration. From providing guests with dresses and tuxes to red carpet walks to photo booths to a live band, no detail is untouched. More than 200 guests are treated to a night of joy and excitement to be loved on by the body of Christ. Christ Church Memphis, Grace Evan, Second Pres, Germantown Pres, Camp Conquest, Young Life Capernaum and New Generation Ministries come together to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our guests and their families as well as our volunteers.

Memphis Joy Prom is an amazing avenue to actively provide and support this community of friends who can be overlooked and underserved. This year Memphis Joy Prom guest registration filled up within five hours! We were overwhelmed by the volume and response to be a part of this unique opportunity that is offered to the special needs community. 

Here are just a few of the many comments received from guests and their family members:

My daughter got to hang out with one of her favorite volunteers and feel like a princess. Thank you to all who made this possible and who helped make the Memphis JOY Prom so memorable. It was truly magical. —mother of Bailey

Memphis Joy Prom 2019 was soooooo much fun! Just kept dancing the night away. —guest Tia

He had a blast, the band was fabulous and he’s still talking about every detail! —mother of Chris

So happy Jesus put us all together. —sister of Robyn

Thank you very much to everyone that made Friday night the most special night of the year for my son and the other 249 participants! —mother of Cody

Thank you for making dreams come true and creating an evening of joyful fulfillment. Thank you for blessing our ‘special ones.’ —mother of Patrick

The team is already prayerfully at work for Memphis Joy Prom 2020. We hope you can be a part. If you would like to volunteer or participate in special needs events throughout the year, contact Ashley Parks.

Here are a few photos from the evening. View our complete photo gallery here.

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