Special Needs

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Special Needs at Van Dyke Church

Bay Hope’s Mission is to connect people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. In following with this mission the special needs program exists to break down the barriers individuals with special needs face and to enable their families to participate in the community of the church. Our main goal is to provide an opportunity to learn about God's love in a way that is accessible to everyone.

Throughout the year, we provide events for the special needs community including but not limited to, Embrace respite care on the second Saturday of the month, week-long camps for both K-12th graders and Adults, a Fall Festival and various other events.

SUNDAY MORNINGS FOR CHILDREN

Our Sunday morning programming is offered during our 9:30 a.m. service only . We offer  self-contained classrooms for ages 3 1/2years to 11years (TLC Room), 12 years to 18 years classroom (SHINE Room) , and 18 + years Adult Class (Angels).  Please note, not every child needs a one-on-one buddy but may need a smaller classroom environment. This program includes an adapted curriculum focusing on God’s word and the lessons are taught through hands-on activities, music, and crafts. Please complete the online form or for more information please contact our Special Needs Coordinator, Pam Kepley  CONTACT PAM

If this is your first time joining us, please help us get to know your individual with special needs before meeting them by completing the online form provided. This form helps us to be able to best meet their needs and provide the environment needed for success.  

Special Needs Intake Form

SUNDAY MORNINGS FOR ADULTS

For adults with special needs, we offer a self-contained adult special needs Bible study during the 9:30 a.m. service. Please complete the provided online form so we will know more about the adult attending. 

Special Needs Intake Form

EMBRACE: RESPITE CARE

Throughout the year, we host respite programs designed for families who need a break. The Embrace respite care program provides a morning out every second Saturday of the month, during the school year. Our goal is to support you and to provide a fun, safe place for your child to learn about Jesus, while you have a much-deserved morning out. It is designed for children 4 to 16 years of age and  they are paired up with a buddy as they rotate through various stations, including arts and crafts, manipulatives, music, games, and bible lessons.

Please fill out the "Embrace Registration Form"  to register. For more information about Embrace Respite Care, contact Taylor Yonke at tyonke@bayhope.com.

Embrace Registration Form

Volunteer

Join our Special Needs Ministry Team!  

We are looking for people who....

  • Love and accept children, students, and adults just as they are.
  • Are motivated, excited, and enthusiastic about being with and learning from these special children, students, and adults.
  • Desire one-to-one relationships with children, students, and adults who allow us to be part of their faith journey.
  • Display high energy, creativity, and patience, and who believe children, students, and adults with special needs can love God and serve their world.
  • Long to share God's heart and learn how to bring hope and healing to families who feel "left out" at church. 

We'll provide the training you need to be effective and comfortable in this ministry. You provide the love!

If you would like to volunteer for our Special Needs Ministry, please fill out the volunteer registration form and we will get back with you.  

Volunteer Form

 

Special Needs Events

Throughout the year, Bay Hope Church also hosts a Camp Fun special needs day camp, fall festival, and more! 

Special Needs Fall Festival

FREE Carnival games, snacks, and a trunk-or-treat with individuals with special needs in mind. Wear a fun costume and join the fun on October 29th from 4-6pm.


All are welcome, no registration required. Interested in hosting a trunk for trunk-or-treat or volunteering at one of the stations? Register now! 

For More Information | pkepley@bayhope.com

WHAT'S COMING UP!

  • Special Needs Fall Festival

    10/29/2017 - 10/29/2017

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