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Disability Ministries

 

New to Special Friends?

Are you looking to get connected with Special Friends? In order that we may serve you best, please complete the FAMILY INFORMATION FORM before your first visit so that we can be available to welcome you and get you connected.

Each individual with special needs must have a current FAMILY INFORMATION FORM on file to participate in any Special Friends programs. We require this so that our staff and volunteers are equipped to provide a safe environment for your loved one.

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Special Friends Kids: Age 2-Grade 5

9 & 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.

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.

 

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.

 

Weekend Service for Families – Section 106B

9:00 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.

9 a.m. Service

 

Special Friends Saturday: Monthly Respite Program

Children & Adults with special needs: Ages 3 – Adult
Siblings: Kindergarten – High School

A respite program is held on the second Saturday of the month to serve Willow families with children and adults with special needs, and siblings. These Saturday gatherings create space to unleash their God-given abilities in an atmosphere where they can experience the love of Christ, fun and safety. Siblings participate in a separate program. Parents/caregivers can count on time to refuel—free to go off campus and free of charge. Registration information is on the right side of this page under Events. (no program for June, July, August)

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Contacts

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