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Disability Ministries

Expressing extravagant love and
unleashing God-given ability



Special Friends Kids: Age 2-Grade 5

11:15 a.m. Sundays ǀ Room C140

Kids with special needs are invited to hear from God and respond to Him in a sensory-friendly environment. Supported by dedicated volunteers, kids choose to engage in developmentally appropriate activities to meet their individual needs. Modified Bible stories, music, prayer and hands on activities taught by special educators help them connect with the God who loves them.

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Special Friends Teens & Adults: Grade 6—Adult

5:30 p.m. Saturdays ǀ Room B103-B109

Teens and adults with special needs are invited to hear from God and respond to Him in a sensory-friendly environment. Supported by volunteers, teens & adults choose to engage in developmentally appropriate activities to meet their individual needs. A church service with interactive worship, group discussion, modified Bible teaching and hands on activities taught by Special Friends Pastor Paul help them connect with the God who loves them.

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Weekend Service for Families – Section 106B

5:30 p.m. Saturdays ǀ 9 & 11:15 a.m. Sundays

Meet the Section Leader, those that have a heart to support families, and other families with special needs in the Main Auditorium during one of our weekend services. Section gatherings and other opportunities for community are held throughout the year.

5:30 p.m. Service 9 a.m. Service 11:15 a.m. Service

Parent/Caregiver Support Group

3:30-5 p.m. Every other Saturday (Feb-May & Sept-Dec) ǀ Room B204/B206

Parents or caregivers of individuals with special needs meet for a time of small group Bible study. Their children with special needs participate in a variety of activities with trained, supervised volunteers. Siblings may participate in a group designed for them.

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Special Friends Adult Community: Age 18 & Up

6-9 p.m. Wednesdays ǀ Atrium, Lakeside Auditorium & Room C140

Independent adults with special needs join together for dinner/fellowship, worship in the Midweek service, and an interactive Bible study. Social events and serving projects are planned throughout the year.

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Ability Center Volunteer Program: Age 22 & Up

Times and Locations Vary

Adults with disabilities participate in chapel and volunteer in ministries around the church with a mentor, developing life and work skills in an environment where Christian community flourishes.

Ability Center Creative Discovery Program: Grades 6-12

Workshops and Production Times Vary

Creative opportunities for Junior High and High School students with special needs to find joy, experience passion and discover their talents and abilities. Art workshops and a theatre production are held throughout the year.

Contacts

Paul Von Tobel
Special Friends Director
(224) 512-1233
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Debbie Carlson
Family Support Manager
(224)512-1322
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Serve with Special Friends

Are you interested in serving with Special Friends? Please click the link below to fill out our Volunteer Form.

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