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.

Sundays

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:

  • October 22nd
  • November 19th
  • 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.)

Please register ALL RIDERS INDIVIDUALLY.

SIGN UP

christmas party
December 2nd | 1:00-4:00pm

Our annual Christmas Party for individuals with special needs is an awesome opportunity for people of all ages to experience the love and joy of Christmas. All individuals with special needs are invited to attend this community event. You don't have to be a member of Highlands and the event is FREE!

Join us or a full afternoon of games, music, crafts, activities, food...and yes, even Santa! Our team of volunteers ensure that all party-goers receive the very best individual attention and care.

To register an individual with special needs, use the button below!

REGISTER

Christmas Party VOLUNTEERS

We need lots of friendly faces to be buddies and helpers throughout the event. It is a great opportunity to serve together as a family. No experience is required, just a heart to serve. We will provide new volunteer training on Sunday, November 26th during second service.

VOLUNTEER

Questions? Contact

night to shine

Join us on February 9th for a prom night that you will never forget! Walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment, and dance the night away!

This will be an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God's love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.

REGISTER A GUEST

Night to shine Volunteers

On February 9th at Highlands Church, volunteers will be helping individuals with special needs participate in a community prom. Many different areas of serving are available. All additional information will be given at the mandatory training.

SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER

 

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.

Friends.
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.

Respite
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

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