Adults With Special Needs
Our Adults with Special Needs ministry began in 2009 when a family from Northern Hills with a special needs son inquired about starting a special needs adult Sunday School class. After discussion with pastors and the church staff, a room and a time were found to start this new ministry. We expected 3 to 6 adults to join us but within a few months we had 12 to 20 coming on a regular basis. We added a fellowship lunch once a month and invited adult Sunday School classes, the UMW and UMM to serve or provide lunch for our friends.
We have a weekly game night at the Ministry Center, with sometimes 50 in attendance. While most of the group comes for the weekly snacks and prizes, we have also been able to reach out to their caregivers as well. The caregivers that serve our adults normally have to work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, so by default Northern Hills has become the church home for many of the caregivers. It has become a place of worship for them as well as the clients they bring.
Hearing the lesson each Sunday many of the caregivers as well as the class members want to read the word of God on their own. We have provided Bibles to every class member or caregiver who asks for a Bible. Many have also asked to have copies of the lesson materials and we have provided additional copies of these also.
We deeply appreciate that many members of Northern Hills have given us prizes for game night. From key chains to t-shirts, to notepads, pens, hats and other items our friends look forward to this special evening of fellowship. If you have a special needs adult friend or family member we would love to have them in our class. Or if you would like to help with this ministry we would truly appreciate your help. Those who have volunteered have been blessed as much as we have.
Special Needs Adult Sunday School class is held at 11:00 a.m. Sundays at Northern Hills UMC in the Wesley Annex. There is time for fellowship, food, Bible study, and music-sing-a-long.
The Special Needs Adult Ministry hosts a game night each Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ministry Center. We play Bingo for small prizes, cheer our San Antonio Spurs, and celebrate birthdays. Game night ends in the chapel with worship, including songs and prayer concerns.