Special Needs Ministry

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Hand in Hand, our special needs ministry, focuses on four key areas:

Healthy Relationships

We seek to build a community through fellowship with Christ and one another as we recognize God created all people in His image with the ability to worship. We provide helpers as necessary to come alongside individuals for inclusion in Sunday School and worship.

Active Participation

We strive to create an environment where all will discover their gifts and become contributors to the Body of Christ. We seek to provide appropriate service opportunities for every person.

Nurturing Community

We will support and encourage those with special needs and their families through the love of Christ. We offer family activities and events for fellowship and community.

Developing Faith

We desire to equip all individuals with the knowledge and tools to connect with God in a personal way. We provide appropriate biblical resources to encourage a deepening faith.

Hand in Hand, our special needs ministry, focuses on four key areas:

Healthy Relationships

We seek to build a community through fellowship with Christ and one another as we recognize God created all people in His image with the ability to worship. We provide helpers as necessary to come alongside individuals for inclusion in Sunday School and worship.

Active Participation

We strive to create an environment where all will discover their gifts and become contributors to the Body of Christ. We seek to provide appropriate service opportunities for every person.

Nurturing Community

We will support and encourage those with special needs and their families through the love of Christ. We offer family activities and events for fellowship and community.

Developing Faith

We desire to equip all individuals with the knowledge and tools to connect with God in a personal way. We provide appropriate biblical resources to encourage a deepening faith.

Children & Youth

Buddies

Valley Church believes in full inclusion when possible. As necessary, children and youth are paired with trained helpers (buddies) who make sure their needs are met in the regular classroom on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Hand in Hand Room

We offer a class on Sunday mornings in our Hand in Hand room during the 11am hour. The class, which is designed to meet the needs of every child, brings the Bible to life through creative story-telling and sensory-oriented activity centers.

Inclusive Playground

The Valley Community Center Inclusive Playground, “Eric’s Place”, was designed with children of all ages and abilities in mind. It offers a swing and merry-go-round that children in a wheelchair can enjoy and have fun on. The play equipment has a double wide ramp, that allows room for children to run and play, and several types of slides.

Adults

Sunday Mornings

We offer a class on Sunday mornings that uses a curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of adults with cognitive disabilities. Activities include a Bible lesson, Scripture memory, prayer, and craft. The class meets at 10:45am in Room C-2. Caregivers are always welcome.

Special Events

Additional opportunities for fellowship and service will be offered periodically.

Get Involved

Families

We offer a variety of events and activities to help our families connect with each other and the surrounding community.

Parent Support

Open Arms
Open Arms is a group that provides care and support for families with a heart for foster care and adoption.

Sign up for Open Arms

Mom’s Group
Our mom’s fellowship meets twice a month to give mothers of kids with special needs the chance to connect and find support through shared experiences.

Sign up for Mom's Group
Family Events

We love providing opportunities for fun, fellowship, and connecting through periodic family get-togethers, Hand in Hand family evening at the Great Pumpkin Party, and our family Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing party.

Get Connected

Connect Events

Every other month we offer a social gathering at Valley Community Center for individuals with special needs ages 14 and above.

General cost is $5 per person (including caregivers). For more information, please email Beth Castile.

Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 · 6-8 PM

Upcoming Events

Mom’s Group

First and Third Mondays of the Month
6:30-8:30pm

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Adoption & Foster Support

Second Monday of the Month
6:00-7:30pm

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Respite Care

One Saturday a Month
9:00am-12:00pm

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Night to Shine

Registration for Night to Shine 2020 will go live on November 1, 2019.

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Special Needs Ministry Team

Beth Castile

Special Needs Coordinator

Drew Foster

Training Team Leader and Behavioral Specialist

Valerie Reum

Special Needs Assistant

We were hesitant to bring our child to a new church but Valley met our fears and doubts with love, acceptance and flexibility. They met our child where he was and continually are reassessing what is best for him. Our entire family is going to church successfully for the first time in years!

Sarah Hoy

We have found so much support and love from Hand in Hand and have gained a community of other special needs parents and volunteers. We are now able to focus on worship on Sundays instead of worrying about our son staying safe in his class.

Kevin Barber

Want to get involved?

Sign up to volunteer or join the Hand in Hand ministry!