What is Night to Shine?
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. On one night, the Friday before Valentine’s Day, churches from around the world come together to host Night to Shine in their communities for thousands of people with special needs. This past February, 721 churches from all 50 states and 34 countries came together with 215,000 volunteers to celebrate 110,000 honored guests with special needs.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Night to Shine 2021 will be a virtual experience and we are excited to serve and celebrate as many people with special needs as possible in this new and unique way!
Although the virtual event will be fun and exciting, we could not go an entire year without seeing all the beautiful faces of our kings and queens. To ensure our honored guests are able to celebrate the virtual event in style we will be hosting an “in person” event called Shine Thru, held on Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 23rd! Shine Thru is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to bring their king/queen to a DRIVE THRU event to be celebrated and receive their guest experience kit.
Obviously, this event will be vastly different than our in-person events; however, we are planning some special stops along the drive thru route for guests to enjoy, including music from our DJ, a drive down the red carpet through the cheering team, and photos from the paparazzi.
ALL guests and parents/caregivers MUST remain in their vehicles to ensure the health and wellbeing of all involved. Volunteers will be wearing face coverings and adhering to necessary safety protocols. More information for guests and volunteers can be found on the respective registration pages and FAQ section.
About Immanuel Leidy's Church
Immanuel Leidy’s Church is an intergenerational body of believers seeking to follow the Lord Jesus faithfully. He is the way, the truth, and the life; there is no way to know God truly apart from Him. We want to know Him more fully day-by-day; and we want others to know Him. Thus, we are committed to sharing the message of Jesus Christ in all our spheres of influence, whether that be locally, or in our wider culture, or in international settings. It is our desire for the life-changing message of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension to transform radically individuals, communities, cultures, and nations around the world. Though we are a non-denominational congregation, we seek accountability and strength by being interdependently related to other biblically-grounded congregations in our area.
Why Night to Shine?
Night to Shine celebrates the uniqueness of each individual guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved!
“When I was at one of the proms last year, a beautifully dressed queen of the prom was hugging me when the girl’s mom leaned over and whispered with tears in her eyes, ‘My daughter will never get married and she will never have children, but tonight you made her feel like a princess!’”
– Tim Tebow
Sharing God's Love
Night to Shine shares the joy that is found in God’s love for each and every person.
“From the moments the guests of honor reached the front door to the smiles on their faces as they were greeted and walked down the red carpet, it was obvious that the joy of the Lord was in each of their hearts.”
– Peggy Hyland, Volunteer for Christ’s Church at Mason in Ohio
Love & Support
Following Night to Shine, we have been encouraged to see countless churches develop continued programs for people with special needs.
Through Night to Shine, we hope people with special needs realize that their church can be a place where they are loved and feel welcomed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What activities are provided at Night to Shine?
The 2021 Night to Shine Virtual Experience will include music, dancing, messages from special guests and more!
When is the next Night to Shine event?
Friday, February 12, 2021
Where is the event being hosted?
The 2021 Night to Shine will be a virtual event and will be hosted around the globe by hundreds of churches. To find a host church near you, please visit
You may register as a guest or volunteer for the Night to Shine Virtual Experience by contacting your local church.
Who can attend Night to Shine?
Night to Shine is open to anyone with special needs, ages 14 and older.
What should I wear?
Even though the 2021 Night to Shine will be virtual, we still encourage you to dress up if you would like to! If you do dress up, be sure to send us a picture of your outfit! Please email your photos to email@example.com or if you post on social media, please be sure to include #NightToShine and #LeidysChurch
What positions can I volunteer for?
Opportunities to volunteer will be during our Shine Thru event, and include decorating, guest check-in, guest experience kit distribution, red carpet, photo printing, and parking. We are also in need of photographers/videographers with experience to be part of our paparazzi team.
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