elebrating kids and adults with special needs or disabilities
"All people matter to God; therefore, they matter to us." This founding belief is a cornerstone at Willow Creek. Believing that we are all made in the image of God—made to know Him, love Him, and connect in community together—Willow is honored to serve those with special needs.
What does Willow offer those with special needs?
Through adapted curricula, safe and accommodating environments, and loving volunteers, children and adults with disabilities are welcomed into Willow's community of believers where they can learn to love Jesus and experience His love for them. Check out the ministries, listed below, available to those with special needs or disabilities, and their families.
- Living Stones: This group of more functionally independent young adults with developmental delays meets for Bible study on Wednesday evenings during the Midweek Experience.
- Friendship Club: This alternative worship service for teens and adults with more significant developmental delays meets on Saturday night during the 5:30 p.m. service.
- Eagle’s Nest: Small groups providing spiritual support and community for parents of children with special needs meet at Willow at 3:30 p.m. every other Saturday while their kids attend Eagle's Nest Kids.
- Eagle’s Nest Kids: This program for children with special needs whose parents attend Eagle's Nest small groups offers Bible teaching, worship, and creative play at 3:30 p.m. every other Saturday.
- Promiseland, Elevate, or Impact: This program matches kids who need the support of an Inclusion Buddy with a consistent volunteer who can help them fully participate in Willow’s next generation ministries (Promiseland, Elevate, and Impact) during weekend services.
Can I invite someone with special needs to Willow?
Yes! Many families and individuals affected by disability are just waiting to be invited. Perhaps their experience with God’s people hasn’t been very good so far. At best, they’ve been ignored; or worse, they’ve never been invited because there were no programs to accommodate the special needs of their loved one. Willow welcomes and embraces all families affected by special needs or disabilities and has ministries waiting to serve them.
Can I volunteer?
Some volunteers offer considerable personal and professional experience when it comes to serving those with disabilities, while others have no experience or formal training. But both types of volunteers have the essential ingredient needed—a heart for those with special needs and disabilities. We’ll provide all the training you need. You provide the love.
Special Friends Director
Guests and Participants Welcome
We would love to get to know you and assist you with finding the ministries that are right for you.
If you would like to be a guest of Special Friends during a weekend service, please complete the Guest Registration. Register
If you interested in participating regularly in Special Friends, please complete Participant Registration. Register