Special Needs

Through the Roof

Why We Serve

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul expresses the importance of unity in the body of Christ. All parts of the body are important to one another and when one part hurts, so does the rest of the body.  Individuals with disability have been given gifts with which to bless our church body and we want to recognize those gifts and support the families of those affected by disability.

How We Serve

We encourage and support relationships within the congregation between families affected by disability and those that come alongside them as co-laborers. We seek to ensure everyone experiences the joy of serving and being served, at their level of ability.

What We Do

Respite Care for Families with Children that have a Disability

Four times per year we host an event for children with disabilities which includes a bible story, craft, music, sensory stations, lunch, and gross motor games. Each child with a disability and their siblings are paired with a volunteer to accompany them through each activity. Parents can leave their children to do what they want for this three-hour structured event.

Support group 

This is a time for families affected by disability to meet and encourage one another. Facilitated by the Director of Children’s Ministries, Lisa Updike and Covenant member and special educator, Reid Linn. Held the second Sunday of each month in room E-1, located through the kitchen.

Game Night

At least twice a year, we host a social event for high-school students and adults with disabilities, gathering for a pizza dinner, fellowship, and fun and games.

TTR Adults Sunday School

This Sunday School class, geared especially for adults with a variety of disabilities, meets on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month and is taught by Mindy and Jason Miller. Join us (even if you don’t have special needs!) as we learn to study the Bible, pray, and worship using a variety of tactile and creative methods. Held in room E-1, located through the kitchen.

Support for Families

We meet with families/individuals one-on-one as needed to determine the unique needs of your family within a large congregation. From these conversations we will be able to learn what programming or assistance may be needed in the future.

Training

We also offer training opportunities for individuals to learn more about TTR, the details of our programs, as well as guidance in working with individuals that have disabilities.

Get Involved

We would love to see relationships blossom between families affected by disability and those that are in a position to support them. One great way to meet these families is to volunteer at our quarterly respite events. We welcome entire families serving together!

Volunteering can take on a variety of roles:

  • Serving as a buddy to someone with a disability or their sibling
  • Assisting with setup for events
  • Coordinating food at our events for children and adults
  • Serving as a nurse at Respite Days
  • Leading activities like the Bible story, a craft, game, or music

Join our volunteer email list and receive a call from us to discuss how you could share in helping families in our church.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Sarah Pruett or Lisa Updike.