Special Needs

 

Our vision & core beliefs

To facilitate the discipleship and belonging of people with special needs at Faith Church.

Every human being is an image-bearer of God. (Genesis 1:26, Psalm 139:13-14)
Every human being is sinful and equally in need of Jesus. (Romans 3:22-24)
Every member of God's kingdom possesses indispensable gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:20-27)


For all participants, we ask that you please fill out an Individualized Worship Plan (IWP) to help us better know your child/family-member/participant and make sure their Sunday experience is as awesome as possible.

Fill Out IWP Here


Faith-Dyer

Reflectors Worship (Sundays @ 11 am)
*does not meet on the 5th Sunday of the month (9/30/18, 12/30/18)
We have multiple classrooms that function similar to a special education classroom, but also promote inclusive activities. Volunteers are trained and have had a background check. Typical elements include: modified Bible lessons, crafts, games, singing, and other interactive activities.

  • Orange Room - for children ages 3-12
  • Gold Room - for children ages 3-12 (more 1-to-1 volunteer-to-participant ratio)
  • Mini-Church Room - for adults, ages 18 and up
  • Blue Room - for adults, ages 18 and up (more 1-to-1 volunteer-to-participant ratio)
  • Green Room - for teens, 6th grade thru age 18
  • Purple Room - for teens, 6th grade thru age 18 (more 1-to-1 volunteer-to-participant ratio)
     

Faith-Cedar Lake
 

Reflectors Worship
*does not meet on the 5th Sunday of the month (9/30/18, 12/30/18)
An accommodated worship experience offered every Sunday at the 11 am service for kids and teens with special needs. Typical elements include: a modified Bible lesson, prayer, memory verse, singing, and other interactive activities.

Faith-Highland

'Access Worship'
A new worship experience for all ages and abilities. Click here for more information.
On 5th Sundays of the month (9/30/18, 12/30/18), regular Reflectors weekend program attenders are encouraged to attend "Access."

If you have any specific requests or accommodations for weekend or mid-week ministries at any campus beyond what is listed below, contact Vinnie Adams.


"Wednesdays" @ Faith Dyer

Wednesdays is a midweek connection and discipleship program for Faith's Dyer campus. Reflectors offers programming from 6pm to 8pm to help facilitate the Wednesdays experience for individuals of all abilities and their parents/care-givers on select Wednesdays.

Upcoming Wednesday with Reflectors:
October 3, 2018 - RSVP here
October 17, 2018 - RSVP here
November 7, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 12, 2018

  • KIDS: 6pm-8pm (Drop-off begins at 5:55) // Programming includes meal & activities with volunteer team (RSVP required)
  • TEENS/ADULTS: 6pm-8pm (Drop-off at 5:55) // Programming includes meal & small group activities (RSVP required)
  • SIBLINGS: Age appropriate programming is provided (via childcare team or student ministries) thru 8th grade.
  • PARENTS: Meal from 6pm to 7pm, followed by small group time from 7pm-8pm.


*Complimentary Meal Tickets will be available for everyone upon arrival.

*RSVP is required, and the form closes at midnight the Monday night beforehand.

Friendship Ministry @ Faith highland

Friendship Club is a group for adults and teens with intellectual disabilities. It's a great time of fellowship, Bible study, prayer, music, and snacks. It meets on select Tuesday evenings during the school year calendar from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Contact: Amy Boshears

Download 2018-2019 Friendship Calendar Here


Fresh Hope @ Faith highland

Fresh Hope is a support group for individuals with a mental health challenge and their loved ones.
Wednesdays | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Youth Ministry Support

We love facilitating inclusion within the youth ministries at Faith Church! To find out more about Faith Students, you can visit their page here. If you'd like to learn more about how to get your middle school or high school student plugged into youth group, please contact Vinnie Adams.

Resources

 

In-House VIDEOS









The 5 Stages of Disability Attitudes (original)
Doug Mazza Testimony at Faith Church (11/11/12)
The Great Banquet Recap (5/1/15)


Training videos

Handbook Training Video (*coming soon!)
Monthly Video 1
Monthly Video 2
Monthly Video 3
Monthly Video 4
Monthly Video 5
Behavior Training Pt. 1 (2/6/16)
Behavior Training Pt. 2 (2/6/16)
PDF Handout for Behavior Training


Training Handbook & Policies

Click here to view Handbook


Lending Library

View list here // If you would like to check out any of these books from the Dyer office, please email 


Global Partner Prayer Cards

Heshima (Kenya)
Tesoros de Dios (Nicaragua)
Love into Action (Palestine)
God's Children(Haiti)
Equip India
Christian Horizons (Canada)

Parents

Participant Intake Form (IWP)
We want to get to know each Reflectors Ministry Participant as best we can, and the information on this forms helps us do that. All information will remain confidential and will only be shared with Reflectors Ministry staff and applicable volunteers. *This is a requirement for all regularly attending participants

Fill Out IWP Here

 
Parent Policies
We want to serve you, the parent, as best we can. Below is a link to a few expectations we have; mostly just FYI's and ways to help us serve you well.

Parent Policies


Parent Testimonials

"My daughter is treated as someone who needs the gospel. She is given structure and there are expectations of her. I love that people are excited to see her when she arrives."

"We love Reflectors because they share our Lord’s love, His unique plan, and His value for all participants and families."

"The best thing about Reflectors is that it allows our entire family to attend a church that we all love together and feel accepted and supported and loved by others. We don't ever have to feel as if people are judging or wonder why we are here. We feel we belong, all of us."

"Reflectors has provided fun, activities and social events specifically designed for my son. He has loved every one of them!"

 

Serve

Are you interested in serving with the Reflectors Ministry? We'd love to have you!

If you have any questions about being part of the team, please feel free to reach out to us (click over the the "Staff" tab to your right to reach one of us). Otherwise, here's the step by step process.

1. If you're interested in serving with our weekend or mid-week programming, please start by filling out the serving application:

Serving Application

2. Once you've completed the application, a staff member will reach out to you to set up a handbook & policy training; meanwhile following up with the references you gave in the application and sending you a digital background check via email (if you're 18 or older).

3. Once those things are done, we'll get you on the schedule and away we go!

IF you don't have interest/capacity to serve on a regular basis, but would like to help out for a special event here or there, please click on the "Events" tab (to the left of this one). You can click on any individual event to find the volunteer sign-up link for that event.

Handbook / Training Resources

Handbook Training Video     Handbook PDF 


Volunteer Testimonials

"I am so thankful to have a church that supports special needs and has this wonderful ministry for me to serve. Our participants don't even know how much they touch my heart and I can only hope that I am doing the same for them."

"The best thing about serving in Reflectors is the opportunity to build multiple relationships. Not only with the families we serve, but with the other volunteers. I have loved getting to know the families on both ends of the participation of this ministry."

"It blows me away how much everyone cares for and supports each other. It's a place where we don't tear each other down, we build each other up.  You don't have to fit into an unspoken mold to be accepted here. This is what the church should look like."

"The love and compassion I feel with each participant and the joy they so openly show us is amazing."

Contact

Vinnie Adams

Special Needs Ministry Director | Central; Worship Leader | Dyer

Amy Boshears

Special Needs Ministry Teen & Adult Programming | Dyer

Lexie Cupples

Special Needs Ministry Program Director | Cedar Lake; Special Needs Ministry Care & Resource Coordinator | Central

Danielle Harrigan

Special Needs Ministry Kids Programming | Dyer

Nicole Price

Special Needs Behavior Specialist & Administrative Assistant | Central

Pam VanderMeer

Special Needs Ministry Campus Director | Dyer