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.

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

Night to Shine PHOTOS

We had an amazing night celebrating at our prom for individuals with special needs in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation!  Check out the photo galleries below:

         

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

We are thrilled to be partnering with Reigning Grace Ranch to bring horseback riding to our community! Cowboy Sunday will occur once a month from 1:00-3:00pm. We will provide barbecue, horseback riding, fellowship, and community to individuals with special needs and their families. If you are interested in attending a Cowboy Sunday, please register for one Sunday. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with more information. 

If you are interested in attending a Cowboy Sunday, click on a date below to register! Please only register for one Sunday. 

New dates coming soon!

We also need volunteers for Cowboy Sunday! If you are interested in helping our friends with special needs ride horses, register below!

All volunteers must attend a volunteer training session. The training session information is listed below:

Info coming soon!

Questions? Contact Kelsey Ankrom at .

harmony dance

Harmony Dance is a creative arts ministry for teens and adults with special needs to express their love for Jesus through dance! Each class will center on the concept of using our ability to dance to magnify the Lord and show others the love of Christ. More Info...

Ongoing Programs

Parent Connect
1st Sunday of Each Month | 10:45am | 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 is 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. 

Midweek Programming
Wednesdays beginning August 21st 6:30-8:00pm during the school year.
Bible lessons, games, crafts and social opportunities for children of all ages with special needs.

REGISTER

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.

REGISTER

Moms in Prayer
Starting September 3rd, moms and caregivers of individuals with special needs are welcome to meet with us every other Tuesday from 9:45-10:45am to pray for their children and those who surround them in their schools and day programs. This meeting is filled with support of other moms, and with prayer and protection for their children, schools, and programs. We will meet in the special needs classroom on the south side of the Student Building. Email  for more information.

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  .

Our Staff

Our director, Missy Farrington, 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.  Contact Missy at  

Helpful Forms

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, Minister of Special Needs