Special Needs Ministry - Mark 9

"Whoever welcomes one of these little children

in My name welcomes me." Mark 9:37

Oakwood Special Needs Ministry - Mark 9 exists to meet the spiritual needs of individuals with disabilities. We celebrate each person’s uniqueness and provide safe and fun one-on-one support so those with special needs can participate in classes and parents can attend church. Our hope is that those we disciple will be encouraged and learn about Christ’s love for them.




Mark 9 Families

Welcome Families!

If you have a family member with special needs and are interested in enrolling your child in Mark 9, please fill out the Family Profile Packet (online or at any Kids or Student Ministries Welcome Desk) so that we can be well-prepared to serve your family. Once you have submitted your packet the Special Needs Director, Katie Powers, will contact you.

How we currently serve our Mark 9 Families
Sunday Mornings: Buddies available

Nursery-5th grade: 9:30am & 11:00am (in Children’s Building) Each Sunday morning we create a safe and fun environment for kids and youth of all ages to actively engage in God’s truths.

Middle School and High School: New ministry program in the works! Buddies still available for total inclusion during  Middle School (9:30am) and High School (11:00am) Bible Study. 

Adults (18+): Sonshine Class: 11:00am (in Rm #103 Adult Education Building) Small group Bible Study for adults with special needs. Come for fun, fellowship, and modified curriculum.

Wednesdays Nights: Buddies available

Nursery-5th grade: AWANA 5:30pm-7:30pm (in Children’s Building) AWANA creates an exciting, fun, and energetic environment where kids can grow to know, love, and serve Christ. The kids enjoy unleashing their enthusiasm and natural energy through exciting games and activities, while building confidence and team spirit. Spiritual growth is nourished through Bible truths and scripture memorization. Music, whacky theme nights, and teaching groups encourage deeper understanding of God’s Word and gets kids excited about learning more about Him. Pizza served at 5:30


Family Profile Packet


Mark 9 Volunteers

Welcome Volunteers!

Thank you for your interest in serving with Mark 9! We need amazing people like you, who love all kids and youth, serving in Mark 9 because we are excited about discipling kids and to meet the spiritual needs of individuals with disabilities. When you serve in Mark 9 you are providing individuals with special needs a safe and loving place to learn about Christ’s love for them. You also serve the entire family by providing respite to parents, so they too can attend church and grow spiritually. Our hope is through this opportunity you will love God and others more because you are doing what Jesus has called us to do by serving and loving others. "Let you light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:16

Serving as a Buddy

Volunteers are called Buddies. As a Buddy you will provide one-on-one-care to individuals with special needs to help them learn about God’s love in a way that is accessible to them. No experience is necessary, just a love for Jesus and a love for disciplining the next generation. We will train you on all the rest! We ask for a weekly or bi-weekly commitment for at least one year for one of the service times on Sundays (9:30AM or 11:00AM) or Wednesdays evenings (5:30PM-7:30PM). In order to serve as a Buddy, a screening form and a background check must be completed. Once your forms have been submitted our Special Needs Director, Katie Powers, will be in touch with you with the next steps. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to serving with you in our ministry!

New volunteers please complete the steps below:

 Oakwood Church Background Check and Screening Form

Click on the button above
Click on “Special Needs” on the left
Click “Mark 9 Buddy” on the right
Click “Proceed”

Fill out the forms on the webpages and submit the forms