Special Needs

Our mission is to lovingly share Christ with individuals with special needs of all ages and help them become all God has created them to be. We want to equip them to follow Jesus and empower them to serve within the church body as we all grow together in faith.

Check out this news report from AZ Family on our ministry! 

Weekend Services

Volunteers provide a safe and loving atmosphere for children and adults with special needs to learn and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Highlands Special Needs Ministry team is available during our Thursdays at 6:45pm and Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45am service times.


Friends is a fully inclusive class for Jr High and High School students, with and without disabilities.  This class will include social activities, service projects and Bible lessons. Our Friends class meets at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the adult special needs classroom. 

Parent Connect Group

First Sunday of Each Month at 10:45am in the Highlands Office
You are invited to join our Parent Connect group.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together and share the joys and challenges of the special needs journey. We also have the opportunity to support each other and share resources.  The special needs classroom and Highlands Kids classes are open to provide care for your students.

Special Needs Resource Fair

October 29th | 10:00am-12:00pm
Join us at Highlands Church for a Special Needs Resource Fair outside the Worship Center. We will have vendors who will be providing info and resources including education, tools, and support for individuals and families with special needs. This will be an amazing opportunity to find great info and resources all in one place.

The event is FREE and open to the public - bring your kids, invite your friends, and enjoy the morning gathering resources and meeting new people!

Special Needs ministry cowboy experience

November 12th | 11:00am - 1:00pm
We are thrilled to be partnering with Reigning Grace Ranch to bring horseback riding to our community! Join us for a  bbq, horseback riding, fellowship, and community to individuals with special needs and their families. Sign up using the link below.



A musical production for teens and adults with disabilities
Auditions July 14 & 17 | For ages 14 and up
Rehearsals: Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm
Performance: January 7th

Let's make some magic as our very own Shine Theatre Company produces an exciting musical for teens and adults with disabilities! Join us for a journey to Agrabah, as a lowly street urchin discovers a magic lamp, a hilarious genie, and learns that friendship and love are the true treasures worth fighting for. 

Roles are available for teens (ages 14+) and adults with disabilities. We'll also have opportunities for volunteer coaches to team with and support our actors on-stage.  The cost for participants is $125 and includes a cast t-shirt. There is no cost to participate for volunteer coaches.

Audition Registration

Want to be a coach for a performer on stage? Sign up to volunteer below:

Coach Registration


Biblical Support Group for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

Thursdays at 5:00-6:30pm
This group lead by Brooke Brown will provide a safe place for adults with physical disabilities to find emotional support, be encouraged in their daily challenges, and study the Bible as we help to build each other’s faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Join us afterwards at 6:45pm for Highlands Weekend Service.


New Family Form

New to Highlands? Complete our NEW FAMILY FORM to help us make your family member with special needs time at Highlands awesome and safe.

Family Resource Guide

Our Family Resource Guide was compiled by our entire Family Ministry team to help your family grow together in faith. These resources include books, podcasts, videos, games and more - all designed to help you have faith-filled conversations and interactions throughout your week.

Download Family Resource Guide


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

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! 

Our Staff

Missy Farrington | Minister of Special Needs

Missy has a Master's Degree in Special Education and a certificate in Disability Ministry. 

We have many other professionals volunteering in our ministry as well. Our loving volunteers are trained by Missy and other special education professionals to provide the highest quality experience for our community to learn about Jesus and grow in faith together.