Special Needs

The Special Needs Ministry at Central serves to fulfill the call of Christ to love others and make disciples.

We desire to give individuals with special needs the opportunity to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and friend and to help everyone discover their unique set of gifts and talents which God has given us so that we may steward them well, serving others.

As a ministry we strive to meet the needs of every person, of any age who have difficulty functioning to their potential in the typical church setting. We meet these needs by offering support through inclusion across ages and abilities, unique service and equipping opportunities, continuous training for those serving in the Special Needs Ministry, sensory-specific designed classrooms and curriculum, and an environment that lets you know that your abilities do not define your potential relationship with Christ or the impact your life can have for His Kingdom.

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About Our Staff

The Special Need’s Ministry staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a Christ centered experience for all individuals. We are committed to loving God and loving others, giving our best in service to God because He gave His best, and seeking to honor and glorify Him by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities.

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Annalee Anderson

Special Needs Director
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Caroline Kraft

Special Needs Assistant

A NOTE FROM US

Howdy!

Welcome to the Special Needs Ministry at Central Baptist Church! We hold to an inclusive ministry philosophy, believing that God desires ALL to come into an intimate relationship with Him and for ALL to become vital members of both the local and global body of Christ. Ability does not determine God’s plans and purposes for your life! He can use you in mighty ways, just how you are and we are excited to get to know you and live life alongside you! We encourage you to explore this site and let us know if you have any questions!

Annalee Anderson
Special Needs Director
(979) 776-9977 x349

What We Offer

Kids with Special Needs

Our ministry serves kids, Kinder through 5th grade, with special needs. During Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings we desire to provide the support your child may need to thrive here at Central.

Please contact the Special Needs Director prior to your first visit so we can best serve your family! The button below will direct you to our 'FORMS' page so you can fill out the necessary information (Informational Packet and Medical/Media Release forms) at a time that is convenient for you:

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We have inclusion opportunities, a sensory room, and a 'home-base' room that allows children with special needs to thrive in the environment that best serves them on a given Sunday.

Our main rooms are located in the FLC (Family Life Center): F109 (The Hangout/Sensory Room), F107 (Base Camp/'Home-base' Room).

We serves kids in our FLC classrooms at both the Sunday School and Service times.

The Special Needs classrooms are specially designed to accommodate those various disabilities. Some of these accommodations include: modified equipment, sensory activities, light covers/alternative lighting, an overall comfortable and safe environment, and Christ-centered multi-sensory curriculum to best minister to each child.

Children with special needs are supported and included into the following programs available to all K-5th graders:

Children’s Choir, 6:00-7:00 p.m., K-5th grade (school year)

Children's Bible Study, 6:00-7:00pm, K-5th grade (summer)

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.” - 1 John 4:16

Youth with Special Needs

Our ministry serves youth grades 6th-12th who desire to know Christ in community and fellowship alongside their peers. During Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings we desire to provide the assistance your teen may need to thrive here at Central.

Please contact the Special Needs Director prior to your first visit so we can best serve your family! The button below will direct you to our 'FORMS' page so you can fill out the necessary information (Informational Packet and Medical/Media Release forms) at a time that is convenient for you:

Forms

We have inclusion opportunities, a sensory room, and a 'home-base' room that allows teens with special needs to thrive in the environment that best serves them on a given Sunday.

Our main rooms are located in the FLC (Family Life Center): F109 (The Hangout/Sensory Room), F107 (Base Camp/'Home-base' Room).

We serve teens in our FLC classrooms at both the Sunday School and Service times.

The Special Needs classrooms are specially designed to accommodate those various disabilities. Some of these accommodations include: modified equipment, sensory activities, light covers/alternative lighting, an overall comfortable and safe environment, and Christ-centered multi-sensory curriculum to best minister to each child.

INCLUSION WITH SUPPORT

Sunday School is at 11am-12pm
Ages 6th-12th grade (including 19+ programs)
Upstairs, Youth Wing

The Youth Ministry meets for Sunday School upstairs in the main building and for our teens who are mainstreamed, this is where they will journey to once they connect with their buddy (if applicable).

During the Service hour, we encourage our families to worship together if your child is best served in this fashion. Many of our youth with special needs serve as helpers during this hour as well in both our children's ministry and/or special need's ministry with an aide, alongside their typical peers who also serve.

Our focus on Sunday mornings is to provide a structured and compassionate environment to help each individual grow in their walk with Christ!

Teens with special needs are supported and included into the following program, available to all 6th-12th graders:

Wednesday Night Live: 6:06pm-7:07pm

*If you have a 9th-12th grader with special needs who desires to attend Checkpoint on Wednesday night, please contact the Special Needs Director.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live. Also set an example in how you love and in what you believe. Show the believers how to be pure.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Adults with Special Needs

The Sunday MIX is a unique Sunday School class designed for adults with intellectual disabilities. This class offers fellowship, acceptance, a sense of belonging, and challenges each member as we study the Bible together, growing in relationship with Christ and with one another.

The Sunday MIX meets in Room F102 from 11am-12pm

For more information contact the Special Needs Director, Annalee Anderson at

Please contact the Special Needs Director prior to your first visit so we can best serve your family! The button below will direct you to our 'FORMS' page so you can fill out the necessary information (Informational Packet and Medical/Media Release forms) at a time that is convenient for you:

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Teacher - Tammi Collins
Mentors - Phyllis Hoges, Marc Hodges, and Chris Collins

The Old Testament Stories (Curriculum: Adaptations of Lifeway’s Access)

Multi-sensory Approach

For more information contact the Special Needs Director, Annalee Anderson at

Please contact the Special Needs Director prior to your first visit so we can best serve your family! The button below will direct you to our 'FORMS' page so you can fill out the necessary information (Informational Packet and Medical/Media Release forms) at a time that is convenient for you:

The MIX

The MIX Ministry is for adults, 18 years and older, with special needs. Our adults meet once a month on Mondays to fellowship, share a meal, worship, study the Word and enjoy other fun activities alongside our MIX mentors, aka our amazing adult volunteers.

When: The third Monday of every month (some months may vary, check calendar)
Where: The Grand Room (Main Building)
Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm

Please contact the Special Needs Director prior to your first visit so we can best serve you and your family! The button below will direct you to our 'FORMS' page so you can fill out the necessary information (Informational Packet and Medical/Media Release forms) at a time that is convenient for you:

Forms

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Loaves of Love (L.O.L.)

Loaves of Love is a branch of the Special Needs Ministry designed to be both a service project and life skills opportunity for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Adults come together for 2 hours 15 min., every other week to learn valuable life and work skills with Biblical purpose. Our MIX Chef Volunteers, aid and instruct each adult as they bake a variety of scrumptious foods. These foods are then distributed out to meet various needs in our community.

Meets every other Thursday, 10:30 am -12:45 pm in the FLC Kitchen.

Contact the Special Needs Director for registration information or to check on space/availability left in a class:

WISe Team

WISe Team (Worship In Sign) is an opportunity for service and leadership for adults in The MIX Ministry. 4-5 times a year this group practices hard on song selections to then lead worship through signing during the main service at Central on a Sunday morning.

For information on how to join the WISe Team, when the next set of practices will begin, or when the next WISe performance will take place, please contact the Special Needs Director at

Flourish

“They are planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God..” Psalm 92:13
Flourish is a ministry to ladies with special needs who want to grow in their relationship with the Lord and in community with others. Each lady will be paired with another woman in the church, so they can get to know each other. During this time we will do crafts, have a short Bible study and just live life together. Flourish meets on the following Tuesdays in the FLC Gathering from 1:00-2:30:

September 3, 10 ,17 ,24- 2019

November 5, 12, 19- 2019

December 3- 2019

February 4, 11, 18, 25- 2020

April 7, 14, 21, 28 - 2020

Special Needs Day Out

Special Needs Day occurs several times per year and is a great chance for parents to go out on the town, or just stay at home and rest. Sometimes we stay at the church and have games and activities. Other times we take field trips locally or out of town. Trips have included: Waco Zoo, Children’s Museum, Houston Zoo, Painting with a Twist, Movie Nights, and more.

The registration is first come/first serve and based on ratios for staffing. Registration and payment are due by noon the Monday preceding each Special Needs Day Out, and can be dropped off at the church or mailed to Central Baptist Church, Children’s Ministry, 1991 FM 158, College Station, Texas 77845

Questions? Email Annalee at

Purposeful Life

Purposeful Life Family Training Series meets the first Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm at Central Baptist Church in the Fellowship Room. These meetings are hosted by multiple organizations in the area with the purpose of providing a free workshop series for parents and family members of children with disabilities.

Click HERE for more information or to register for events.

Forms

Please complete the following forms prior to attending events at Central under the Special Needs Ministry.

Note: Parents of children and teens MUST have CELL PHONES on VIBRATE during Sunday School or Sunday Worship. If a child/teen should have any medical issues, a Special Needs Ministry staff member will contact the parent via cell phone during the service.

INFORMATIONAL PACKETS/MEDICAL AND MEDIA RELEASE FORMS

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Helpers are the backbone of the Special Needs Ministry! Each of these individuals gives their time and love to each child, teen, and adult with special needs that come through our doors. Not only are they dedicated to these children, teens, and adults, but they are also diligent to learn more about disabilities. Each volunteer working in Special Needs is trained to understand the unique situations that may occur when working with individuals with disabilities: the importance of classroom routine, how to handle a verbal/physical/emotional concerns, how to use a multi-sensory approach to teaching, and everything in between! Various volunteer staff are trained and certified in CPI: Crisis Prevention Intervention in order to provide a safe and secure environment.

While our staff works to faithfully provide quality special needs programs, the success of the Special Needs Ministry depends on volunteers like you!

Our team consists of caring adults and college students. It is our goal to model Christ’s love and serve ALL families.

We desire to have people serve within our ministry:

  • Where they feel comfortable
  • Where they can use their gifts and talents
  • With an age group that they enjoy
  • With other people that they enjoy

WHERE CAN YOU SERVE?

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Special Needs Volunteer (9:15-10:45 a.m.) Children & Youth
Special Needs Volunteer (10:45 a.m.-12p.m.) Children, Youth, & Adults

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

Special Needs Volunteer, (5:50-7:00 p.m.) Children/Kidz Praise/W.N.L.

VARIOUS EVENTS

Special Day Outs (kids/teens/adults)
Loaves of Love Chef Teachers (Thursdays/weekly)
WISe Team (Worship In Sign) practice assistants
Sports Camp buddies/Junction buddies
Men’s/Women’s Ministry support (providing support aid to adults with special needs participating in these events)
Vacation Bible School

MONTHLY: (ADULTS ONLY)

Special Needs Volunteer (5:50pm-8:10pm/event is 6-8pm) the third Monday of each month at The MIX

HOW TO APPLY

Fill out the SN Volunteer Application and Background Check form. You may print a copy or come by the Special Needs Ministry office to pick up one.

volunteer applicationbackground check

Bring the completed forms by the Special Needs Ministry office, including a copy of your driver’s license.
After the background check and staff approval, the Special Needs Ministry will place and train you for your chosen ministry.

Contact us for specifics on how YOU can get plugged in at !

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