The Special Needs Ministry at University provides a culture of belonging, dignity and purpose to everyone who has intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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. The Sunday School program is for children 2-years-old through 6th grade. Children birth to 2-years-old are always 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 - 5th grades experience learning about Jesus in both a small group setting with their peers and a large group mainstream setting. Students 6th – 12th grade can participate in a large or small group setting depending on their needs.
Sunday Bible Study - Sunday Bible Study is planned to resume in person in January 2021
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 - Currently our service is live streamed only at 11am. In-person worship is planned to resume in January 2021
Everyone is welcome to join us for our Believer's Garden 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
Everybody loves Bingo! Join us Thursdays from 7-8pm in the Student Worship Center for bingo especially created for the Special Needs community, with free prizes and free entrance. EVERYONE is invited to participate. Email Susan Galindo for more information.
Sensory-Motor Playroom - The SMP is currently closed and will likely reopen in January 2021
The Sensory-Motor Playroom (SMP) provides a place for children who have special needs to come and play, grow and learn. The room is full of items and equipment that helps children meet 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 Heather Klekar at 210-391-5207 or email .
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