<p>Special Needs<br />
Sundays, 9:45 &amp; 11:15 AM</p>
Special Needs
Sundays, 9:45 & 11:15 AM

Special Needs

The Special Needs Ministry at Calvary welcomes all ages and abilities! Guests (including parents and caregivers) are always invited to join us. We focus on providing our students with opportunities to worship, grow in their faith, and serve our church and community.

Sunday Morning Program

We’re excited to welcome you to worship God with us on Sunday mornings! We offer classes at 9:45 AM during the worship service and at 11:15 AM during the Life Group hour.

  • Children & Teens meet in Room 101 for a Bible lesson, engaging activities, and fellowship.  
  • Young Adults & Adults meet in Room 100. They participate in part of the worship service alongside their group leader and “buddies” in the Sanctuary before returning to Room 100 for a Bible lesson, activities, and fellowship time. 

Visiting for the first time? Please stop by the Family Welcome Desk on the first floor near the elevators. We’ll help you register and get to the appropriate classroom.

As a ministry community, our group fellowship activities may include dinners, pool parties, bowling, strawberry picking, holiday shopping, respite events for caregivers/parents, the annual Luke 14 Banquets, and more! Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the program.

Contacts: Tabitha Mercado, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, tmercado@calvarychurch.com & Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com

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    Special Needs 139 Praise
    Wednesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM
    On Summer Break

    for Special Needs students ages 14+

    Wednesdays — Resuming in September
    6:30–8:00 PM, Room 242

    "139 Praise" meets on Wednesday evenings, concurrently with Children's Bible Clubs and Elective Bible Studies. In this group, students will praise God through music, movement, and art.

    Contact Tabitha Mercado if you want your student to participate in the program or if you're interested in volunteering!

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” — Psalm 139:14

    Contact: Tabitha Mercado, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, tmercado@calvarychurch.com

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    Special Needs Program Registration
    Participants register annually

    Calvary is pleased to welcome children, students, and young adults with special needs to participate in our growing ministry!

    Each year, special needs families must complete a student registration. This information helps us provide care and support for every student so they can grow in their faith, participate fully in church activities, and become all God created them to be.

    Please complete this annual registration below:


    Contact: Tabitha Mercado, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, tmercado@calvarychurch.com

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    Joni & Friends
    Family Retreats

    Joni & Friends Family Retreats offer a haven for families living with disability. In a fully accessible camp environment, families are cared for, rejuvenated, and encouraged in Christ. Enjoy a fun, Christ-centered environment that is safe and accepting for each member of the family. During this time of respite, you will build lasting memories and find renewed hope as you take part in Bible study, accessible activities, and opportunities to connect with other families who face similar challenges.

    Retreats at the Bonclarken Conference Center:

    • NC Family Retreat 1 — August 5–9, 2024
    • NC Family Retreat 2 — August 12–16, 2024


    Contacts: Pastor Jim Cashwell, 704.341.5393, jcashwell@calvarychurch.com and Sandy O'Donovan, 704.341.5323, sodonovan@calvarychurch.com