We believe that everyone is a masterpiece in God’s eyes. (Ephesians 2:10) That is why we call this ministry “Masterpiece Ministry”. Our mission for this ministry is to help adults, students and children with special needs to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to connect with God in a personal way.
Our next Respite Night will be in July 2017 at First Free Church. Registration will be available in June 2017. Contact Danelle Mills, Director of Special Needs Ministry, at (402) 261-8304 for more information. You can also contact Danelle if you are interested in volunteering at a Respite Night. All volunteers need to complete/submit a background check form. Background check form
Details about Respite Night:
What is Respite Night? Parents drop off their child(ren) with special needs, along with siblings through age 13, while background-checked volunteers care for them. We offer a variety of activities for the kids to enjoy. Our volunteers feel so blessed to serve parents in this way and have a great time laughing, playing and interacting with these wonderful kids! This allows their parents to enjoy a night out. Pre-registration is required. Parents need to complete a "plan of care" form for each child with special needs that will be attending Respite Night. Plan of Care form (for children)
What will the children do? We set up our church building to meet the needs of all children. Carnival games, tricycles, hula-hoops and dancing ribbons are available. We also have individual classrooms set up with specific sensory-type activities such as wet sensory, dry sensory, a quiet room, building blocks, and more. We have face-painting and craft-making. The entire evening is structured so that every child can find something they enjoy.
How does check-in work? Check-In begins at 6 pm with a special welcome from our volunteers. Please enter through our east church entrance. This is the same entrance you will use when returning to pick up your children at the end of the evening.
Is dinner provided? We provide a pizza dinner for the children along with Goldfish crackers, lemonade and water. You are also welcome to send dinner with your child(ren).
What is evening's schedule? We eat dinner and enjoy a sing-along all together. From 6:45-7:45 pm, Group A (children with special needs) enjoy activities in our main building area while Group B (siblings) enjoy activities in our Children's Ministry wing. At 7:45 pm, these two groups switch locations. Parents pickup their children at 9 pm.
Will there be a nurse on-site? We have volunteer medical professionals on site to care for any specific needs that your child may have during this evening.
View photos from Respite Nights.
FOR ADULTS: This Sunday morning class uses a curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of adults with cognitive disabilities. Activities include a Bible lesson, Scripture memory, and sharing prayer requests. Meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. Not meeting for month of July 2017.
FOR PRE-K-5TH GRADE: This Sunday morning class is designed to meet the needs of every child by bringing the Bible to life through story-telling and sensory-oriented activities. Meets during both worship services (9:15 & 11 a.m.)
FOR PRE-K-12TH GRADE: This program pairs children (PreK-5th grade) and youth (6th-12th grade) with trained helpers who make sure their needs are met in the regular classroom on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.