We provide a safe space
Our mission in the Special Needs Ministry is to make and mature followers of Jesus Christ within our community of people with special needs.
First Presbyterian Church is dedicated to working with families who include individuals with special needs.
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. In addition to specific programming, we also include our special needs friends in worship, Children’s Ministry activities, and VBS.
Our special needs ministry is designed for children, teens, and adults who struggle with:
- Developmental delays
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Other special needs
(Teens and Adults With Disabilities)
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Programs & Events
A program for special needs children ages 4-12
We understand that it can be challenging to attend services when there is concern 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 enjoy time in worship. Children ages 4-12 are invited to participate in our Mini Miracles program, which meets during the 10:30 AM worship hour on Sunday. During the Sunday morning class, children with exceptionalities 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.
A program for special needs friends of all ages
Buddy Break is part of the Nathaniel's Hope program in Orlando. Buddy Break is a free respite program held one Saturday a month for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Parents are provided a break from their ongoing responsibilities while our trained volunteers provide a safe and fun time for kids to make new friends, play games, listen to music, and more! This program continues to grow, and we are thrilled to be adding more students all the time.
Night to Shine
An annual event for late teens and adults with special needs
Night to Shine is a special prom night experience in connection with the Tim Tebow Foundation and other area churches. This one-of-a-kind event provides our special needs friends an unforgettable evening with music, photos, refreshments, and more. Guest are escorted down a special entryway, get their photographs taken, dance to favorite songs, eat snacks, and enjoy fellowship and fun. Parents are welcomed into another room to stay and watch the event on the screen. This is an wonderful evening for our special needs community and volunteers.