Churches

Below are churches that offer services to those with special needs. Click on a church’s name to see more information.

Churches Hosting Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break Program

Florida

  • Calvary Chapel
    • Location: 2955 Minton Road, Melbourne, FL 32904
    • Phone: 321-952-9673
    • Website: www.calvaryccm.com
    • Calvary Chapel’s special needs ministry, Super Kids, is designed specifically to help introduce your child to Christ in a loving environment and at an appropriate level for your child to learn and understand. Your child will be able to attend Sunday School, either in a mainstream classroom with an assistant, or in a stand-alone special needs classroom. While your child is in Sunday School you will be able to attend the church service without worry or interruption because your child will be cared for by loving teachers who have been trained in the basics of caring for special needs children.
  • Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
    • Location: 2401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    • Phone: 954-977-9673
    • Email: joels@calvaryftl.org
    • Contact: Joel Sonnenberg, Pastor of Care
    • Website: www.calvaryftl.org
    • Blue Sky is Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s ministry that seeks to encourage, educate, equip, and empower people affected by special needs so that God’s grace may be evident to all. The following are a part of Blue Sky:
      • King’s Kids – a childcare for kids with special needs during worship services
      • Kids’ Night Out – respite time for families
      • Signs of Life – deaf and hard of hearing community
  • Christ Fellowship Church – Gardens campus
  • Christ Fellowship Church – Royal Palm campus
  • Community Christian Church
    • Location:10001 West Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac, FL 33351
    • Phone: 954-724-7400, x 215
    • Email: abragdon@communitycc.com
    • Website: www.communitycc.com
    • Contact: Ali Bragdon, CommunityKIDZ Director
    • Sign language interpretation is provided each week during the 11:15 AM worship service. For other needs, please contact Ali for arrangements regarding your child with special needs.
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
    • Location: 1500 Twin Rivers Blvd, Oviedo, FL 32766
    • Phone: 407-432-0426
    • Website: www.cpconline.net
  • Delaney Street Baptist Church
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    • Location: Kissimee/Davenport area, FL
    • Phone: 407-466-4381 (Pastor Mike) or 863-332-9305 (Pastor Richard)
    • We are a church plant that focuses on special needs families. We are creating an environment where special needs families can worship freely no matter what their family member’s special need is. They will always be welcome without judgment and without compromise. Our church service will always be tailored to fit the many different needs of these families.
  • Discovery Church
    • Location: 4400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
    • Phone: 407-855-3140
    • Website: www.discoverychurch.org/
    • Happy to accommodate children with special needs if they know in advance
  • Grace Baptist Church
    • Location: 204 SW 11th Pl., Cape Coral, FL 33991
    • Phone: 239-772-1400
    • Website: http://truegraceofgod.org
    • Happy to accommodate children with special needs and pair them with a buddy
  • Living by the Bible Community Church
  • Pine Castle United Methodist Church
  • Ponce Church
  • Port Orange Christian Church
  • St. James United Methodist Church
    • Location: 16202 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
    • Phone: 813-971-4790
    • Email: FriendZoneSJ@yahoo.com
    • Website: www.stjamestampa.org
    • Special Connections is a ministry focused on enriching the spiritual, physical, social, and emotional needs of special needs children and adults, their families, and ministry servants. Currently under Special Connections, there are three ministries:
      • FriendZone (respite program)
        Super Sibs (program for siblings of special needs children)
        God’s Party (special needs Sunday school offered during worship)
  • The Special Gathering: Worship
    • Location: PO Box 685, Cocoa, FL 32623
    • Phone: 321-632-0130
    • Email: rstimson@specialgatherings.com
    • Website: www.nbbd.com/npr/specialgathering/
    • Contact: Richard Stimson
    • Holds religious services for the mentally challenged community in conjunction with the local church. Provides advocacy, fellowship, ministry teams, training, education, and publications. Also offers summer camps for children with special needs.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
    • Location: 2113 E. South Street, Orlando, FL
    • Phone: 407-894-4931
    • Class for Moms of kids with special needs held two Thursdays per month @ 10:00 AM — Call for more information.
  • Van Dyke Church
    • Location: 17030 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL 33558
    • Phone: 813-963-3983
    • Email: info@vandyke.org
    • Website: www.vandyke.org/children/special-needs
    • Has two programs for children with special needs on Sunday mornings
      Has events and activities designed specifically for children with special needs
  • Vistiny Ministries
    • Location: 2954 Sweetspire Circle, Oviedo, FL, 32766
    • Phone: 407-977-2047
    • Ministry to individuals with special needs

Indiana

  • Mephibosheth Ministries Inc.
    • Location: Operates out of Cicero Christian Church, 1715 Stringtown Pike, Cicero, IN 46034
    • Phone: 317-984-4653 ext. 30
    • Email: becky@mm-abilities.org
    • Website: www.mm-abilities.org
    • Contact: Becky Moore, Executive Director
    • Mephibosheth Ministries serves individuals who have disabilities from all over Hamilton County and central Indiana. The core ministries include:
      • Friends Unlimited–Bible Fellowship
      • The Way adult day program
      • Camp Mephibosheth–summer overnight and day camp
      • Residential Program–in program development phase of independent and semi-independent residential program.
    • Mephibosheth Mission Statement: To empower individuals who have disabilities and their families to live in their community by meeting their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
      • Spiritual Needs
        • Weekday Bible studies and prayer
        • Fellowship groups
        • Summer camp opportunities
        • Worship programs for area
        • Residential centers
        • Friendship and inclusion in the congregational life
        • Assist other churches in the field of disability ministry
      • Emotional Needs
        • Respite care for families
        • Volunteer Programs
      • Physical Needs
        • Exercise groups
        • Daytime activities
        • Vocational opportunities

Virginia

  • McLean Bible Church
    • Location: Northern Virginia
    • Phone: 773-770-2942, TTY: 703-770-2939
    • Email: jackie.millsfernald@mcleanbible.org
    • Website: www.mcleanbible.org
    • Contact: Jackie Mills-Fernald, Director
    • Access Ministry is McLean’s incredible ministry to kids with special needs. The church regularly holds Accessibility Summit (usually in April), a conference to equip churches for disability ministry.