WHO WE ARE:

Our Special Needs Ministry welcomes children, teens, young adults and adults with special needs into the community of our church.

OUR GOALS:

• To reach out to the community and provide a safe and loving environment where people with special needs can worship God and learn about Jesus.
• To nurture each person’s individual needs, skills and abilities while learning about the love of God.
• To provide an opportunity for people with special needs to worship, learn about God’s love and serve in our church in a way that is accessible to them.
• To provide families of people with special needs the opportunity to be able to participate in the life of the church.

MINISTRY MISSION STATEMENT:

Our Mission is to achieve inclusion enabling people of all abilities and gifts to participate in Chapelwood's community of grace.

FIRST TIME WITH US?

We are so glad that you will be visiting us for the first time! Prior to your visit, we ask that you fill out the online for your loved one with special needs. This form will help us learn important information about your family member with special needs. It will also help us better understand their needs. 

SUNDAY MORNING OPPORTUNITIES

Elementary Age Children with Special Needs:

Meeting Location: The Haven (2nd floor Children's Building Room #204)

Elementary age children with special needs have the option to attend a Sunday school class designed for them, led by trained volunteers and staff. They may also be mainstreamed with an assigned buddy depending on their level. They will have the opportunity to spend time in our sensory/quiet room as needed.

Teens and Adults with Special Needs:

Meeting Location: The Circle of Friends Room (1st floor near Chapel)

This group of teens and adults meets every Sunday during the 9:45 hour to study the Bible, pray and share with one another. We also attend the 9:45 Sanctuary worship service as a group on the first Sunday of each month. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

Adults with Special Needs:

Meeting Location: Circle of Friends Room

This group of adults meets on Wednesday Nights (September-May) from 6:00-8:15 for worship, dinner, art, drums, drama, card making and service projects.

Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs:

Meeting Location: Room YB 100-101 (Youth Building)

This is a group of teens and young adults that meets on Wednesday Nights (September-May) from 6:00-8:15 p.m. for worship, dinner, social groups and devotional/prayer time. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WORSHIP

Join us for worship in the Chapel at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. EVERYONE is welcome! (September-May)

SPECIAL EVENTS

Night to Shine:

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, promoted by the Tim Tebow Foundation centered on God’s love, for people 14 or older with special needs. This worldwide movement takes place on the Friday before Valentine’s Day weekend from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The 2018 Prom will be Friday, February 9, 2018.

Super Place Camp:

Every year,  the first week of August, five area churches lead in supporting this camp by providing volunteers, funding and planning. This camp features mornings full of God-honoring times of music, laughter, and learning about Jesus as well as recreational time.

 At Super Place Camp, a teen or adult buddy is assigned to each camper to provide one-on-one attention and a nurse is on site at all times. Super Place Camp is a place in which people of all abilities feel welcomed, loved and accepted. 

Participating Churches: Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston’s First Baptist Church and Tallowood Baptist Church.

Interested in Volunteer Opportunities?

Our Special Needs Ministry welcomes volunteers! If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful ministry, we would love to meet you and tell you all about our volunteer opportunities. Contact us and we will get you plugged in!

All of our volunteers are required to fill out a background check form and registration form.  Click Here if you re interested and want to start the background check and volunteer application process. 

PARTNERING MINISTRIES

Brookwood Community

Night to Shine

Staff

Elizabeth Henson

Interim Ministry Director, Special Needs Ministry

Elizabeth Henson

Interim Ministry Director, Special Needs Ministry

P: (713) 354-4475

The best part of my job:

I love that I get to interact with people and hear their stories. It doesn’t hurt that I get to hold a baby every now and then.

Something on my bucket list:

Write and get a book published.

My favorite summer activity:

Taking a road trips with my children and not having to do homework.

If I could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, it would be:

The Bahamas. I fell in love with the people the first time I went and would love to spend more time there with my children this time.

If I could trade lives with anyone for a day, it would be:

Vanna White. She gets to get dressed up every day, one of my favorite things, and travel the world with a job turning letters.

My favorite movie quote:

“You is good. You is kind. You is important.” from The Help.

When I drive I listen to:

I usually like to have it quiet to hear myself think, but it’s usually some really loud music like TobyMac with my kids singing right along.

My favorite scripture:

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

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