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Special Needs Ministry

Parent Support Group Coffee
  • First Wednesday of each month (September–May)
  • 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Room 750 (upstairs in Building 700, the Phoenix Center Gym)
  • Child care available for a small donation

Special Needs Buddy 1Parents from the community are invited to join us for a relaxing coffee break and chat, where we can be together, support each other through challenging situations, share success and resources and build community. Hosted by Julie Clinton and Donna Dillard, both parents of amazing children living with developmental differences. Whether you have a child in your life that has special needs, behavior challenges, learning differences, or just need a supportive community—welcome! Coffee, tea and snacks provided.

Vision
Our vision is to be welcoming and inclusive to all who desire to be a part of this church community no matter their strengths or struggles. We believe that every child is made in the image of God and is a vital part of the body of Christ.

We do this by:

  • Special Needs BuddyPartnering with parents to meet the needs of every child, and support and pray for parents on their journey;
  • Providing support to teachers and shepherds by offering training and consultation for Church School, choir, LOGOS, and Vacation Bible School;
  • Utilizing a buddy program to provide one-on-one support to children with special needs during Church School so parents can attend Sunday church services;
  • Working with parents to provide a safe environment for their children with allergies;
  • Educating our children and congregation to take ownership in providing a safe, loving, and accepting environment for all children and all people;
  • Offering resources in our Church Library for parents, general interest, social stories/children's picture books and more..
Donna Dillard, Inclusion Coordinator

“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you! And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”  I Corinthians 12:21-22, 27