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
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 Desks) so that we can be well-prepared to serve your family. Once you have submitted your packet the Director will contact you.
How we currently serve our Mark 9 Families
Sunday Mornings: Buddies available
Nursery-5th grade: 9:15am & 10:45am (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: 9:15am (in Student Pavilion) Middle School Students grab a Shipley's Do-Nut or two, worship together, and listen to a talk time geared to them. We end the hour in Fusion Small Group break out rooms by grade and gender.
High School: 10:45am (in Student Pavilion) High School Students grab a Shipley's Do-Nut or two and enjoy a time of worship, followed by a time of Bible study. We end the hour in small groups for real life discussion.
Adults (18+): Sonshine Class: 10:45am (in Rm #103 Adult Education Building) Small group bible study for adults with special needs. Come for fun, fellowship, and modified curriculum.
Parents: 10:45am (in room #401 Administration Building) Small Group for parents of individuals with special needs.
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
Middle School: Fusion: 5:30pm-7:30pm (in Student Pavilion) Students begin with pizza and fellowship. Bible study will start at 6pm with worship, then talk time, and break-out session for real life discussion.
High School: 6:00pm-8:00pm (in Student Worship Center) Pizza and fun in the parking lot in front of the Student Worship Center followed by a time of worship, a message, and small group time.
Parents: Parent Support Group: 6:00pm-7:15pm (in overflow room) 2nd Wednesday of the Month (Sept-May)- A gathering of families who have commonalties through raising a child with a disability, to know God’s transforming Word through Bible study and fellowship in an encouraging, supportive environment that helps you experience Christ intimately, and to hear from guest speakers on topics significant to this group.Parent FAQ
Mark 9 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. “Inclusion is not about one person. It is about what happens in the entire community when that person is a part of it.”- Barbara J. Newman
Serving as a Buddy
Volunteers are called Buddies. As a Buddy you will provide one-one-on care to individuals with special needs to help them learn about God’s love in a way that is accessible to them. We ask for a weekly or bi-weekly commitment for at least one year for one of the service times on Sundays at 9:15am or 10:45am or Wednesdays evenings. In order to serve as a Buddy, an application (online or pick-up volunteer folder at any Kids or Students Ministry Welcome Desk), references, and a background check must be completed. Once your paperwork has been submitted, our Special Needs Director will be in touch with you. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to serving with you in our ministry!