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God's Faithful Followers

The purpose of God's Faithful Followers (GFF) is to provide an environment for Christian education for adults with developmental disabilities. This ministry is ecumenical and open to all. Our schedule is listed below.

GFF provides worship, fellowship, caring Christian friends, an opportunity to learn about God, crafts to make and take; and, often, a brief respite for caregivers. 

God's Faithful Followers meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church's Fellowship Hall.  A birthday dinner is scheduled for the last Thursday of the month to celebrate the GFF birthdays for that month. Note: During the summer months?June, July and August) GFF members meet once per month to celebrate GFF birthdays on the last Thursday of the month.

Each regular class activity is offered with sensitivity to various abilities of the student with special needs. Music and singing start the evening and include the use of motions and instruments for those who are non verbal. The class continues with a Bible lesson using visual aids to encourage group participation. Prayer time follows with opportunity for individuals to pray for family, co-workers and friends. Craft time is the highlight of the evening. Volunteers explain the project and show a sample of the finished craft. Group home workers and adult volunteers then help students complete their projects. Snack and fellowship time cap off the evening.

If you would like to find out more about this unique ministry, please call the church office at (440) 843-6663 or come and visit God's Faithful Followers any Thursday evening.

Also, volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. All that is required is a little patience and a lot of love.




2019 Schedule of Meetings


GFF meets weekly on Thursdays at Bethel Lutheran Church, 7171 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights in the Fellowship Hall from 7:00-8:30 PM.  A monthly birthday dinner is usually held on the last Thursday of every month.  Please reserve the dates below to join us:




Regular Sessions = January 10, 17, and 24

  • JANUARY Birthday Dinner = 1/31/19




Regular Sessions = February 7, 14, and 21

  • FEBRUARY Birthday Dinner = 2/28/19


MARCH 2019


Regular Sessions = March 7, 14, and 21

  • MARCH Birthday Dinner = 3/28/19


APRIL 2019


Regular Sessions = April 4 and 11


NOTE: No GFF on April 18th since it is Maundy Thursday.  (GFF friends are invited

to attend the Maundy Thursday Worship Service in the church at 7:00 p.m.)


  • APRIL Easter Worship Service & Dinner = 4/25/19

(Please assemble in church)


MAY 2019


Regular Sessions = May 2, 9, and 16  

  • MAY Birthday Dinner = 5/23/19


During the Summer, GFF will meet for GFF Birthday Dinners on:


JUNE 27, 2019                     JULY 25, 2019                    AUGUST 29, 2019

     GFF Picnic on                         in Bethel’s                            in Bethel’s

   Bethel’s front lawn                  Fellowship Hall                    Fellowship Hall



SEPTEMBER 2019Weekly Sessions begin on = 9/12/19


Regular Sessions = September 12 and 19

  • SEPTEMBER Birthday Dinner = 9/26/19




Regular Sessions = October 3, 10, and 17

  • OCTOBER Birthday Dinner / Halloween Dance = 10/24/19
  • No GFF on Halloween – October 31st




Regular Sessions = November 7 and 14   


  • THANKSGIVING Worship Service & Birthday Dinner = 11/2119

(please assemble in church)


  • No GFF on Thanksgiving Day – November 28th.




Regular Session = December 5             

  • DECEMBER Christmas Party/Birthday Dinner = 12/12/19
  •  No GFF on December 19th and 26th OR January 2nd.


1st GFF Session in 2020   = Thursday, January 9, 2020





If you (or) your group home is concerned about weather conditions and a possible cancellation of a GFF session, (snowstorm, for example), please call Bethel Lutheran Church’s office line at (440) 843-6663.   If a GFF session is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, the automated recording will let you know. 






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7171 Pearl Road | Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130 | PH: 440-843-6663