The Yates Sonshine Community

Everyone’s Welcome

The Sonshine Community gathers on Wednesdays in the Fall, Winter and Spring for a meal, music, an activity and a special lesson for faith and life.

The meal begins at 5:00pm

Activities begin around 5:45pm


For nine months of the year, the Sonshine Community gathers for a meal, music, an activity and a special lesson for faith and life. There are also other special opportunities, including annual Vacation Bible School.


Many of the Sonshine Community are regular worshipers and leaders in worship with Yates. In addition to Sonshine’s ongoing leadership, the church celebrates the ministry with a special Sunday every year.

Want to Volunteer?

Every week, volunteers come into the Sonshine Community to prepare and serve food, help with crafts, support activities, share music, teach lessons and offer encouraging companionship. Won’t you join us?

I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

Matthew 5:15-16
(The Message)

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Always In Partnership

Yates enjoys dynamic collaborative relationships with community partners who are also committed to the life-giving relationships within the Sonshine Community and in the greater Durham-Chapel Hill region.

Durham County Community Living Programs is an organization with passion and determination that values people with disabilities as neighbors, consumers, citizens, family members and friends.

Reality Ministries exists to create opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and the life-changing reality of Christ’s love.