A place for those with special needs and their families to grow, thrive and experience the love of Jesus Christ!
We believe that every single person deserves the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are especially passionate about reaching families of loved ones with special needs. Since launching our Special Needs Ministry more than 10 years ago, we have watched this ministry grow, flourish, and bless families in ways we never could have imagined.
Our Special Needs Ministry has groups and events available for people of all ages, ensuring your entire family can connect with the family of West Ridge Church.
"We are not babysitting your kids, we are making disciples of Jesus" - Brian Bloye
There is a lot of barriers that can come with caring for an individual with special needs. Our heart is to create space for families and individuals with special needs to not just be cared for but to understand the foundational truth of how much they are loved by God. Find out how the Gilchrist family found a place where they could all grow in their walk with God! .
Sundays at 9:00am + 11:00am • Teen Class: 12-22yrs • Adult Class: 23yrs+
A large-group setting where individuals with special needs participate in a Bible lesson along with arts and crafts related to the lesson. Out of the Box offers classes for elementary school-aged children and younger as well as separate meetings for individuals middle school-aged and up, including adult ages.
Want to find out more? Click below to get in touch with our ministry leader, Suzan Vande Zande.
Birth – 5th Grade • Sundays at 9:00am, 11:00am + 12:45pm
This one-on-one ministry gives children with special needs the opportunity to attend our West Ridge Kids Ministry with one-on-one personalized care and attention from a trained volunteer. If your loved one requires individual care, please contact us prior to your visit so that we can have a volunteer ready to welcome and be your child’s buddy for their visit.
Want to find out more? Click below to get in touch with our ministry leader, Danielle Still.Get In Touch: 1on1 Contact
Breakaway is a free respite event for Special Needs Parents. We offer a “little break” from daily stress. Special Needs participants of any age and their siblings (11 and under) may take part in 4 hours of supervised fun planned just for them. There will be lots of fun-filled activities planned for the day as well as Praise & Worship Time.Learn More About Upcoming Breakaway Events
Night of the Stars is our annual prom event held in May. We encourage everyone to dress up for this event which features a red carpet where your loved one will be cheered on as they make their grand entrance, dancing, food, entertainment and lots of fun suprises! Guests with special needs will each be assigned to a “buddy” for the evening who is responsible for assisting them at dinner, engaging them in conversation, dancing with them and ensuring they have the most fun possible by taking advantage of all things that our prom has to offer. More info and event dates coming soon!
Want to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our special needs families? No matter your experience level, we will provide the training and guidance you need to feel confident and ensure that you have the best experience serving in this incredibly rewarding ministry!