Special Needs


Upcoming Events
 


Tim Tebow Foundation "Night to Shine!"
Friday, February 9, 2018 // 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm // @ Faith Dyer
Faith Church and Chasing Dreams are incredibly excited to co-host the Tim Tebow Foundation's "Night to Shine!" This is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. We will be one of over 500 hundred churches around the world hosting this event, and we can't wait to share it with YOU!
GUEST REGISTRATION // VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION


2nd Annual "Servanteer" Workshop
Saturday, January 20, 2018 // 9:00 am - 11:30 am // @ Faith Dyer
Calling all Reflectors volunteers! We're asking that you join us the morning of January 20th for our annual "Servanteer" (servant-volunteer) Training! We'll cover some really important information (some old, some new) with a time of training, share some vision and encouragement as we keep moving forward as a ministry, and say thank you for all that you do to make this ministry a reality. Breakfast will be served! Hope to see you there!
REGISTER HERE




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 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
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 a midweek connection, discipleship, and worship program for Faith's Dyer campus. In an effort to open this time to all families, here are the supports Reflectors offers:
For Reflectors Kids: On 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, Reflectors volunteers will be available to be with Reflectors kids in the "Orange Room" (downstairs) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Drop-off begins at 5:50 pm. RSVP required (see below).
For Reflectors Teens and Adults: On 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, there will be a table in "The Commons" during the mealtime for Reflectors teens and adults to gather with a small group of volunteers, eat, share about the week, and look at a short scripture to apply to the week ahead. This will be during the 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm hour. RSVP required.
For Parents: On 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, there will be 2 dedicated tables to Reflectors parents: Chuck Gist will host a table for dads, and Margaret Gist will host a table for moms. There won't be a heavy agenda; but rather a space to connect with each other, share (the good's and the bad's), and offer support to one another.
While programming continues for the kids downstairs during the 7pm - 8pm worship hour, it will be up to the parents of the kids how to spend that hour (in worship, connecting with each other, etc.).
Parents of teens and adults, the team facilitating the table (small group) will disperse at 7:00, but these families are welcome to stay for the 7:00 worship experience.
Meal Costs: Meal costs will be fully covered by Reflectors for parents, participants, and volunteers. You will just need a blue ticket, which you can pick up from a Reflectors staff or from Chuck or Margaret.
RSVP Forms: *due by midnight the Monday evening (Tuesday morning) before
JANUARY 24
FEBRUARY 14
FEBRUARY 28
APRIL 11
APRIL 25
MAY 9
MAY 23

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 2017-18 CALENDAR
Faith-Valpo (1155 S Sturdy Rd.) | Contact: Brent Bowgren
VALPO FRIENDSHIP CLUB 2017-18 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)
Irresistible Church
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)
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: Amy Propper
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x128

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

Ministry Administrative Assistant: Lexie Cupples
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x196

Ministry Behavior Coordinator: Nicole Price
E.  // P. (219) 864-0300 x106