Epic Church will host Night to Shine, a prom experience for people with special needs, on February 12, 2016. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel located at 237 South Broad Street in Center City. Over 175 guests, ranging in age from 16 to 71 are registered to attend the event. Each guest will be assigned a personal host for the evening. Family members and care givers will be hosted as well during the event.
Every guest will enter the prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming, friendly “paparazzi.” Once inside, guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, photos, a karaoke room, and dinner and dancing. The highlight of the night will come when every one of the guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.
The church provided an opportunity for participants to “shop” for free prom dresses and shoes. Dress Up Time Apparel, located in Northeast Philadelphia donated 110 brand new prom dresses and shoes of various sizes. Guests excitedly went through the selection and were all smiles as they left with their fancy dresses and new shoes. Some of the ladies had never had a new dress or a shopping experience before. One young lady could not find a dress that fit among those donated, so Epic congregants took her to David’s Bridal and purchased her a new dress.
Night to Shine is hosted in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation. The event has grown to over 200 locations all over the world. This year, the host churches are expected to see more than 20,000 people with special needs attend a prom all at one time around the world. “We’re so excited to host a Night to Shine because it’s an opportunity to create such a special memory for some very special and deserving people.” Lead Pastor Kent Jacobs said. Hosting the prom is an extension of the church’s desire to ensure that all people feel included. At all of Epic Church’s locations, the church offers a buddy ministry for special needs children. These children get the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate worship experiences, teaching, and games, and at the same time, their parents get to attend the adult services without having to worry about how their child is doing. A trained “buddy” is assigned to help each special needs child participate as he or she is able.
According to Lifeway Research and reported in Outreach Magazine, Epic Church is the fastest growing church in Pennsylvania and the 38th fastest growing in America in 2015. Epic is one church in four Philadelphia locations, offering eight Sunday services. Three locations with services at 10 and 11:30 AM are in Center City at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre located at 480 S. Broad Street, in Roxborough at the Roxborough High School located at 6498 Ridge Avenue, and in Fairmount at the Franklin Learning Center at 616 N. 15th Street (near N. Broad and Spring Garden). The Manayunk location has services at 8:30 and 10 AM at the United Artists Theater located at 3720 Main Street.
For more information about Epic Church visit epicwired.net.