Stone Soup at Princeton is a chapter of the national organization of Stone Soup--Friends of All Abilities. Founded in 2003, Stone Soup has sought to provide families of children and young adults who have "different abilities" with ways to fully participate in the community.
Created by Lynn Hatcher McGary, it is hosted by local churches and community friends. The first Stone Soup was held at Judson Baptist Church on Franklin Road in Nashville. There are Stone Soup communities at Thompson Station Church in Thompson's Station (TN), First Baptist Church in Lexington (TN), Second Baptist Church in Clinton (TN) and Faith Baptist Church in Monroe (GA) and Princeton United Methodist Church in Athens (GA).l
OUR MISSION is to provide a way for families with children or young adults who have disabilities or “different needs” to fully participate in and contribute to our community.
OUR VISION is to enable all members of our community to experience the love of Jesus Christ that transforms people and the way life is lived daily.
OUR RATIONALE is that all people are created in God’s image and possess innate characteristics that give them infinite value in the present and in eternity. Jesus Christ himself focused his divine power toward those who’s less than perfect condition, whether physical, mental, emotional, or moral, needed his blessing. Thus everyone is included since all have shortcomings in one area or another. We are a community needing His grace and desiring to share His grace with others.
The chapter at Princeton was founded in early 2011 and, since then, has hosted over 40 Stone Soup Friday Nights. Stone Soup Friday Night is a regularly scheduled respite on Friday nights for children and young adults with special needs ages 4 to 25. We call them “campers”. Siblings may also attend so that parents or caregivers may have a night out. Campers enjoy activities which include games, crafts, drama, music and talking with friends.
We typically have twelve to eighteen campers for a Stone Soup Friday Night. We address each camper’s unique abilities with one-on-one pairing with a volunteer. A Stone Soup Friday Night regularly enlists up to 30 volunteers as camper buddies, activity leaders, set-up and clean-up crews and kitchen help. Volunteers go through an application process and are trained to work with these special children.
How You Can Get Involved
To become a Stone Soup volunteer please contact Teresa Nunn at StoneSoup_Princeton@msn.com or call (706)-769-9549.
Stone Soup Friday Nights are on the third Friday Night of each month except for summer break in June and July. . Reservations are required and campers are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
Camper check-in starts at 6:45pm and the activities last until 9:30pm. The cost for bringing a child or young adult to Stone Soup Friday Nights is $5.00 per night
To register your camper, or for additional information, please contact Teresa Nunn at StoneSoup_Princeton@msn.com or call (706)-769-9549.