Special Needs Ministry

Our goal at AAC is to equip and enable individuals with disabilities and their families to get connected with God and the body of Christ.

Discovery Land (Birth - 6th Grade)

Discovery Land values and loves every child that attends, which is why we have designed a Special Needs Ministry. Our goal is to create a successful, safe, fun, and educational experience through support and accommodations.

If any question is not answered below or if you would like more information on how we can support your child, contact us about your family today!

Awana Accommodations

In order to meet your child’s particular needs, we offer several support environments:

  • Regularly scheduled inclusion with other children and no extra assistance

  • Regularly scheduled inclusion with volunteer assistance

How do you know what my child needs?

Once you indicate you would like to receive more information, the ministry leader will contact you to set up a phone interview and guide you through the online registration process. If it is determined that your child requires support from our ministry, an individualized accommodation plan is provided to meet your child’s needs.

How will you contact me if I am needed during a Sunday service or Awana?

Parents or guardians of children who receive volunteer support will be given a pager upon check-in on Sunday mornings in DL, or when they meet their coach at Awana on Tuesday nights. Please keep the pager on you, it will buzz if you are needed during the service time. Please note, Awana parent(s)/guardian(s) whose children receive volunteer support are required to stay on campus during Awana.

Sunday Discovery Land Accommodations

In order to best meet your child’s needs, we offer several support environments: 

  • Regularly scheduled inclusion with other children and no volunteer support

  • Regularly scheduled inclusion with volunteer support

  • Modified programming in a smaller class

What does a typical Sunday or Tuesday look like?

You are welcome to come to check out a Sunday DL service or Awana night before your child visits for the first time. Once an appropriate environment is determined for your child’s needs, their Sunday or Awana experience will be one of the following options: 

  • Sunday and Awana Fully included without a coach

    • student check-in follows DL and Awana guidelines

    • Special Needs Ministry monitors your child for ongoing support needs 

  • Sunday and Awana Fully included with a volunteer coach

    • See “Where do I check-in on Sundays and Awana Tuesdays?” 

    • Volunteer Coach is assigned to your child who provides support to meet their individual needs during DL Sunday morning or Awana 

  • Sunday Special Needs Ministry Classroom 

    • Students have a parallel DL experience using the DL curriculum, but in a smaller classroom setting with more individualized support provided.

Where do I check in for services on Sundays and Awana Tuesday?

Sunday check-in

  • Birth to Preschool children check-in at their age-appropriate check-in counter. 

  • Fully included children (kindergarten through 6th grade) check-in at the Special Needs Ministry Counter across from the Treehouse in Discovery Land. 

  • Children who participate in the smaller class check-in at the Special Needs Ministry Classroom. 

Awana check-in

  • Cubbies children check-in at their assigned color room

  • Sparks children (Kindergarten through 6th grade) meet at the assigned Special Needs Ministry location near the east entrance of the building.  Coaches will then assist the students with check-in for Sparks

  • T&T children (3rd-6th grade) meet at the assigned Special Needs Ministry location near the west entrance of the building.  Coaches will then assist the students with check-in for T&T

Where do I pick-up my child?

​Sunday pick-up

  • Fully included children are picked up from their assigned classrooms. 

  • Children participating in the smaller classroom are picked up at the Special Needs Ministry Classroom. 

Awana pick-up

  • Fully included children are picked up from their assigned ministry area from the club your child is registered in (Cubbies, Sparks, T&T)

Students (7th-12th Grade)

God made us for relationship with Him and others. This includes our youth with Special needs. Wednesday nights during Greenhouse youth with Special Needs are supported by a peer “friend” who comes alongside them. To find out if the Greenhouse Special Needs Ministry would be a suitable fit for your child fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Parents/Caregivers: Rest and Connect 

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28

Parents and caregivers of individuals with Special Needs are often exhausted, overwhelmed and isolated.  We want to change that. We invite you to join us for a night out to Rest and Connect. Our quarterly events are designed to encourage you through God’s Word, inspire you through our speakers, and remind you that you are not alone on your journey.