Special Needs

Our mission is to lovingly share Christ with God's unique individuals, both children and adults, to grow them spiritually, and provide them with opportunities to serve and be served. It is the desire of the ministry to be a lighthouse of hope, acceptance and belonging for individuals with special needs and their families, so they may experience the love of Jesus and excel to their greatest potential, becoming all God desires them to be. 


Volunteers provide a safe and loving atmosphere for children and adults with special needs to learn and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Volunteers assist individuals with any extra help needed within regular Sunday School classrooms or worship services, and a self-contained classroom is also available with trained volunteers for direct one to one attention.

Highlands' Special Needs Ministry team is available for both the 9:00am and 10:45am service times as well as most special church-wide events - contact  with any questions.

Our Staff

Our director, Missy Farrington, is a state certified special education teacher with a certificate in disability ministry. We have many other professionals volunteering in our ministry. Our loving volunteers are trained by Missy and other special education professionals.  Contact Missy at  


Parent Connect

1st Sunday of Each Month - 10:45am in the office conference room
This group is a time for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs to come together and share the joys and challenges of the special needs journey." This group will be facilitated by Dan and Monica Cluff, parents of an adult son with special needs. For more information, please contact Missy Farrington at  or call 602-820-3345. 


Ongoing Programs

MidWeek Madness
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm during the school year
Bible lessons, games, crafts and social opportunities for children of all ages with special needs.

A fun group that brings people with and without special needs together as friends...period!  This peer group encourages Jr High and High School aged students to make a commitment to friendship, participating once a month on Sunday mornings and social activities throughout the year. For more information and to participate in the application process please contact Missy Farrington at 602-820-3345 or

Wednesday Night Friendship Group
6:30-8:00pm Wednesdays
Our teens and adults with special needs will meet every Wednesday to socialize and have a Bible Study.

Weekend Adventure Camps
Upcoming Dates: Feb 24-26, April 7-9
We partner with our friends at Jill's House to provide overnight respite care for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Your child will have the opportunity to spend a weekend away meeting new friends, trying fun and exciting activities, and gaining independence in an exciting, safe environment. This respite allows the rest of your family to do things that may otherwise be difficult or impossible, like shopping, going out, cleaning the house, or just relaxing. Spaces are limited, registration required. You can complete the initial sign-up online here. Questions? Contact .

Offered quarterly, respite is an opportunity for parents to bring their children with special needs to Highlands for a fun night of activities so parents can have an evening to themselves. Reservations are required - contact  .

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Highlands is an Irresistible Church

Our partners at Joni & Friends of Arizona define an irresistible church as an authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong. If you have a special need or care for someone who does, come find out why the irresistible Special Needs ministry of Highlands can make a life-changing difference!

Missy Farrington, Director of Special Needs