Special Needs


Upcoming Events


Parents Night Out!
Friday, July 21st // 6 pm - 9 pm // @Faith-Dyer
Parents and caregivers, we want to give you an evening to connect, rest, have fun, and/or just have some time away from the kids. You can drop your kid(s) at Faith Dyer at 6:00 pm and pick them back up at 9:00. Dinner will be provided at church for all participants. This event is open to parents who have children with special needs of any age, and siblings are welcome, too! Parents: please RSVP by Tuesday, July 18 so we can have an accurate count. Volunteers, this is an "all call" event - anyone who can help out is welcome!
PARTICIPANT RSVP // VOLUNTEER RSVP


Teen & Adult Social: Western Night
Friday, August 18 // 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm // @ Faith Dyer
It's almost time for our 3rd social of 2017, and we're headed back to the old west for this one! Don't forget your cowboy hats and boots!
PARTICIPANT RSVP // VOLUNTEER RSVP


Weekend Worship Services with Joni Eareckson Tada
August 12 (6pm) and August 13 (9 am, 11 am) // Faith Church - Dyer

We are honored and beyond excited to be hosting Joni Eareckson Tada at Faith Church! It's an 'all-hands-on-deck' weekend for Reflectors as we lead worship at all 3 services. Participants and Volunteers, please sign up so we know when you'll be joining us. Thanks!
PARTICIPANT RSVP // VOLUNTEER RSVP // GUEST PARTICIPANT RSVP




Weekend Worship

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.

Faith-Dyer Reflectors Worship (Sundays @ 11 am)
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 - 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, ages 13-18 (1-to-1 volunteer-to-participant ratio)

Faith-Cedar Lake Reflectors Worship
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-Valpo Reflectors Worship
An accommodated worship experience will be offered on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at the 10 am service for teens and adults 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.

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.


MIDWEEK GROUPS

"Wednesdays"
2nd & 4th Wednesdays during the school year | 6 pm - 8 pm | Faith Dyer
Wednesdays is an opportunity for parents to connect in community with other adults while their kids connect with each other and Reflectors volunteers during these 2 hours. A meal is provided for all (kids will eat together, parents will eat separately). For parents, meal and connection time is 6 to 7, and a worship service happens from 7 to 8; but space is available throughout the atrium for further connection or quiet time. Programming for kids will include dinner, Bible activities, worship, and free time.
February 8 Registration
February 22 Registration
March 8 Registration
March 22 Registration
April 26 Registration
May 10 Registration
May 24 Registration

Friendship Ministry (offered at 2 locations)
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.
Faith-Highland (8910 Grace St.) | Contact: Amy Boshears
HIGHLAND FRIENDSHIP CLUB 2016-17 CALENDAR
Faith-Valpo (1155 S Sturdy Rd.) | Contact: Brent Bowgren
VALPO FRIENDSHIP CLUB 2016-17 CALENDAR

Fresh Hope
Fresh Hope is a support group for individuals with a mental health challenge and their loved ones.
Wednesdays | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  | Faith-Highland (8910 Grace St.)

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

Lending Library (view PDF here) If you would like to check out any of these books from the Dyer office, please email 

Reflectors Training Handbook
Click Here to View (PDF)

Monthly Training Videos
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Video 5
Behavior Training Pt. 1 (2/6/16)
Behavior Training Pt. 2 (2/6/16)
PDF Handout for Behavior Training

In-House VIDEOS

Psalm 139 Video
The "I Am" Confessions
Apostles' Creed Video (original)
Apostles' Creed Video (updated)
The 5 Stages Overview (updated)
Poskin Family Testimony
Fresh Hope at Faith Church
Mike & Jared Testimony from "Wednesdays"
The 5 Stages of Disability Attitudes (original)
Doug Mazza Testimony at Faith Church (11/11/12)
Reflectors Worship Service (3/2/14)
The Great Banquet Recap (5/1/15)

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

Parent Policies

Serve

There are many opportunities to serve in the Reflectors Ministry across the FC campuses.
Please click here for information and next steps!

Contact

Ministry Director: Vinnie Adams
E.   // P. (219) 864-0300 x197

Dyer Campus Kids Program Director: Pam VanderMeer
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x145

Dyer Campus Teen & Adult Program Director: Luanne Alderden
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x187

Cedar Lake Campus Program Director: Lexie Cupples
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x196