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.

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.

 

Night to Shine

Friday, February 10th | 6:00-9:00pm at Highlands Church
We need lots of friendly volunteers at our prom to make our guests feel honored and celebrated. There are lots of ways to serve, from decorations to taking photos, being a buddy to red carpet cheering sections and more.  All volunteers will need to attend a brief training session before serving - training session dates are:

GUEST REGISTRATION

VOLUNTEER

We need lots of friendly volunteers at our on-campus parade to make our guests feel honored and celebrated. There are lots of ways to serve, from decorations to taking photos, cheering sections and more.  All volunteers will need to attend a brief training session before serving - training session dates are:

  • Thursday, January 26th at  6:30pm
  • Thursday, February 2nd at 6:30pm
  • Saturday, February 4th at 9:30am
  • Sunday, February 5th at 12:30pm

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

 

Sibling Support Group

Beginning February 26, 2023
This is a group designed to help brothers and sisters of children with special needs come together and support each other. We'll provide an opportunity for kids to talk about the fun (and sometimes not-so-fun) things about having a sibling with special needs with others who will understand their journey.  Meets once per month.

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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.

Register

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

Respite

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.