The Special Needs Ministry's mission is to provide a culture of belonging, dignity and purpose to everyone who has cognitive and developmental challenges. Our ministry strategically delivers teaching methods that are designed for children, youth and adults with special needs. We identify resources and opportunities that intentionally integrate people and families into the ministry of the church. We do this through (1) Education, (2) Equipping, (3) Engaging AND (4) Expressions of service to God and our community.
All children and students who have special needs are invited to participate in Sunday school at 9:30am on the south side of the campus. The Sunday school program is for children 2 years old through 6th grade. Children birth to 2 are welcome in the nursery. Preschool through Kinder aged children attend an age appropriate class with a "buddy" (staff and/or volunteer) who is trained by the special needs ministry. Children in 1st -6th grades experience learning about Jesus in both a small group setting with their peers and a large group mainstream setting.
Sunday Bible Study
Adults and caregivers are invited to join us for Bible study from 10-10:45am in the N206/207 on Sunday mornings. Experience Jesus, while enjoying free tacos and coffee -- it's a win-win!
Believer's Garden Worship
Everyone is welcome to join us in the Believer's Garden for our worship service at 11:15am in the Student Worship Center on North Campus. This is a time of lively, interactive praise and worship followed by a practical message for "real life" application of our faith walk. If you are unable to attend the service, watch us on live stream every Sunday at 11:15am. For more information email Brian Rouche.
Special Needs Bingo
Thursdays from 7-8pm in the Student Worship Center we host Special Needs Bingo, especially created for the Special Needs community, with free prizes and free entrance. EVERYONE is invited to participate. Email Brian Rouche for more information.
The Sensory-Motor Playroom provides a place for children who have special needs to come and play, grow and learn. The room is full of equipment that aids children in meeting developmental milestones. There are four different swings, large ball pit, bubble tower, activity board, sand and water tray, games, toys and so much more. The Sensory-Motor Playroom exists because of a generous grant from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries. The beautiful LED strand waterfall provided by Joni and Friends for children with low vision. The Playroom is open for free to the public with a reservation. Reservations can be made by contacting Susan Galindo at 210-690-7323 or email .
The Sensory-Motor Playroom is open to the community and provides access to therapeutic toys and equipment (at no coast) to children with developmental delays. It is our hope that this service will aid in the progression of meeting developmental milestones, thereby helping children reach their maximum potential at a faster pace.
Helping Hands is a day habilitation program that provides pre-vocational opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental challenges. Helping Hands focuses on building confidence, developing socially appropriate behaviors and growing communication skills. Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.
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Special Needs Ministry Staff
Coordinator Helping Hands Day Habilitation Program
Special Needs Ministry Director
Administrative Asst. - Helping Hands
Asst. Director Special Needs Ministry