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.

cowboy Sunday registration

We are thrilled to be partnering with Reigning Grace Ranch to bring "Cowboy Sunday" to our Special Needs Families! We will provide barbecue, horseback riding, fellowship and community to individuals with special needs and their whole families for FREE.  

Cowboy Sunday dates for the 2017-18 school year are:

  • January 21st
  • February 18th
  • March 18th
  • April 15th

Please click the link below and request your top 3 dates, we will try to assign you to one of your top choices.  (Please note, this is not a registration.  We will confirm a registration date with you via email.)



vacation bible xtreme
JUNE 11 -15, 2018
DAILY 9:00AM - 12:30PM 

Our theme for Vacation Bible Xtreme 2018 is Rescued by Jesus. 

Every day, participants will enjoy worshiping in the opening and closing sessions, playing games, hearing a Bible story, doing crafts and having a yummy snack. They will travel to different stations in their small group and get to experience all kinds of fun centered around an adventure-themed, Christ-centered program.

VBX is FREE and open to individuals with special needs of all ages, offering individual aides and buddies, full inclusion in the main program, and specialized attention. For questions, please contact Director of Special Needs Missy Farrington at  .

Online registration will open on May 7th!

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.

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