Special Needs

Upcoming Events

Parent & Caregiver Retreat

Saturday, April 22 // Respite & Siblings: 9:00 am (drop-off) - 3:00 pm (pick-up) // Retreat: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
For the fourth year, we will be hosting a day of relaxation, pampering, and retreat for parents and caregivers of kids (of any age) with special needs. While parents are away at "The Ravines" Retreat Center in Lowell (from 9:30 to 2:30), all children are welcome to hang out with our volunteer team at Faith Dyer. Drop-off time is 9:00, and then travel time is just under a half-hour to The Ravines. There will be programming for kids with special needs and young siblings (under 10), but there will also be a special, separate hangout time for older siblings (ages 10-18). Lunch will be provided for everyone at all locations! Parents will leave the Ravines at 2:30 for a 3:00 pick-up at Faith Dyer.

Teen & Adult Social: "Cinco de Mayo!"
Friday, May 5 // 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm // @Faith Dyer
It seems only appropriate to have a Mexican Fiesta on May 5: Cinco de Mayo! Come join us for tacos, dancing, and lots of fun at our 2nd social of 2017!

Behavior Training: "Therapeutic Options"
Saturday, May 13 // 9:00 am - 4:00 pm // @Faith Dyer
This will be a little bit of a deviation from CPI, which we will continue to offer; but is another model for behavior management and offers certification to anyone who completes it. The course is called Therapeutic Options, and will be presented by Dawn Clark, who has been a significant mentor and model for Reflectors since day one. This is open to everyone! While we cannot offer respite/child-care, we know that this would be really helpful for parents, in addition to volunteers. Registration (and lunch) is free
Learn more about Therapeutic Options // Learn more about Dawn Clark

Joni & Friends Family Retreat
June 18-23, 2017 // Muskegon, MI
Cost: $460/person 

For the 5th summer in a row, Faith Church will be sending a serving team to Joni & Friends Family Retreat in Muskegon, MI. This is a special week for families who have members with special needs to have a vacation; a true time of retreat and meaningful time as a family. Each volunteer is paired up with one camper and their family to help make it a week they’ll never forget. No experience is needed - just a heart and willingness to learn, serve, and invest in a relationship that will change your life.
Please email Vinnie if you'd like to join the team or if you'd like information about scholarships

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.


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
Faith-Valpo (1155 S Sturdy Rd.) | Contact: Brent Bowgren

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.


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


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
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)


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


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


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