First Presbyterian Church is dedicated to working with those families who include individuals with special needs. We understand that it can be challenging to attend services when families are concerned about the care for children with special needs. We provide a safe space in which children with special needs can be content and challenged while families may enjoy time in worship.
We have multiple programs that fall under the umbrella of our special needs ministry, and we are constantly looking for ways to expand this important avenue to share God’s love.
Mini Miracles is a Sunday School Class in Room 109 offered during the 10:30 worship hour. It was developed for children ages 4-12 who struggle with:
- Developmental delays
- Autism spectrum disorders
- or any other special need.
This class allows children with exceptionalities to play freely and have safe social interactions in a secure environment with specially trained adults. Pagers are provided so parents can attend worship without worrying about emergencies.
We also offer several summer camps for our Mini Miracles children. Contact Alyss Ruster at the church at 863.686.7187 for more information.
Buddy Break is a program of the Nathaniel’s Hope program in Orlando. Through the Buddy Break program, trained volunteers work with students with special needs to allow caregivers a break for a few hours one Saturday each month. This program continues to grow, and we are thrilled to be adding more students all the time.
Night to Shine
We are delighted to be a host for Night to Shine with the Tim Tebow Foundation again this year. We are pleased to be able to work with sister churches in town to present this one-of-a-kind event for individuals with special needs.
For more information, email SpecialNeeds@fpclakeland.org