<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: Dawn Clark, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, dclark@calvarychurch.com & Sue Ridge, 704.887.3695, sridge@calvarychurch.com

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    Special Needs Respite Night
    Saturday, March 9
    Register to attend!

    “He Lives!” Easter Event

    Saturday, March 9
    4:00–7:00 PM, in the Calvary Life Center

    Special Needs students of all ages (and their siblings, ages 3–12) are invited to enjoy this Easter-themed event. It’s a fun evening for our students while their parents or caregivers take a break. 

    Students will be paired with a buddy to participate in activities designed for their age and ability level, including a bouncy house, gym activities, games, crafts, and face painting. We'll enjoy dinner from Chick-fil-A (with gluten-free options available). It's a fun time filled with lots of love!

    There is no cost, but registration is required by March 1.


    Event Volunteers

    We need 35 volunteers for this event! Get details HERE if you are interested in serving.

    Contact: Dawn Clark, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, dclark@calvarychurch.com

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    Special Needs Volunteers
    Respite Night, March 9
    Register to serve!

    Calvary Special Needs Ministry needs 35 volunteers to serve at our Easter-themed Respite Night on Saturday, March 9. The event is from 4:00–7:00 PM in the CLC.

    It’s a fun evening for our students while their parents or caregivers take a break. Students will be paired with a volunteer as they enjoy a bouncy house, gym activities, games, crafts, dinner, and more.

    Volunteers should arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the event.

    Register below to serve! Questions? Contact Dawn at 704.341.5413 or dclark@calvarychurch.com.

    volunteer at respite night

    Calvary has many children, students, and young adults with special needs who participate in our growing ministry.  We always need additional volunteers to serve in a variety of roles. Will you help by serving as a Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Friend/Buddy, or Parent Partner on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings?

    • We need volunteers to serve on a monthly rotation on Sunday mornings at 9:30–11:15 AM or 11:15–Noon on the 1st & 3rd Sundays or 2nd & 4th Sundays.
    • We need volunteers to serve on Wednesday evenings at 6:30–8:00 PM at 139 Praise.

    A background check is required for volunteers ages 18+. 

    Please contact us to get involved!

    Contact: Dawn Clark, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, dclark@calvarychurch.com

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

    for Special Needs students ages 14+

    Wednesdays, January 10–May 8
    6:30–8:00 PM, Room 242

    (Easter Break: March 27 & April 3)

    "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 Dawn Clark 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: Dawn Clark, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, dclark@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: Dawn Clark, Special Needs Coordinator, 704.341.5413, dclark@calvarychurch.com

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    Joni & Friends Retreats
    Join us for a week at summer camp

    Special needs families and caregivers are invited to a week at a Joni & Friends Retreat this summer. Volunteers provide assistance to special needs families so they can relax, enjoy a week away, and participate in activities carefree. 

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