SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, & Relationships) is Grace’s ministry to those with special needs. Our desire is to let every individual know that they are welcomed, cared for, and loved. We want each person to know Jesus and grow in a relationship with Him.
Our SOAR children are integrated into the mainstream classrooms during each of our weekend services. We help determine what the needs are for each child on a case-by-case basis, and work with each family to develop a plan that best suits them and their child. We focus on each individual’s ability and not their disability. For some, “buddies” (trained leaders) are provided to assist kids.
Every Sunday we offer a SOAR Adult class during the last service that is catered and designed for individuals with special needs ages 12 and older. We desire to create a venue that meets the specific learning and social needs of each attendee. Multisensory activities and other techniques are utilized to create a learning atmosphere that is appropriate for the unique abilities of each person.
Our SOAR students are also integrated into Grace Students on Sunday nights and “buddies” are provided to those who need them on a case-by-case basis.
If you have an individual with special needs and would like to have them be a part of the SOAR Ministry, please complete the SOAR application and consent form so we can better meet your child’s needs and individualize a program just right for them. If you have any questions, you can ask us by emailing SOAR@visitgracechurch.com.
What SOAR Offers:
Family Support Group meetings are provided monthly. This is a place where parents come together to be real with one another through struggle, laughter, and prayer. Our topics of focus are ones that relate to raising a child with special needs and allow parents to share with one another.
SOARly Needed R&R (Respite) Nights
We offer FREE bi-monthly SOARly Needed R&R (Respite) nights for our families with individuals with special needs. We also have a simultaneous sibling program for siblings from birth to 13-year-olds. Each evening has a special theme.
SOAR Special Needs Summer Day Camp and Summer BreakOut
We offer a SOAR Special Needs Summer Day Camp for individuals ages 3 y/o – adult. We are blessed to bless these individuals and families, and if you would like to partner with us in blessing them, you can email SOAR@visitgracechurch.com. We also have a limited number of spots for SOAR kids to participate in Summer Breakout (SBO) and Summer Breakout Junior (SBO Jr.).
SOAR Serve Opportunities
The purpose of the SOAR Special Needs Ministry is to impart the Word of God in the hearts of all individuals in an engaging and understandable manner, teaching them to love, know, and honor God. All serve positions require a current background check and SOAR Serve Team training.
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