Special Needs

Special Needs

Special Needs

Welcome to Parkside's Special Needs Ministry, Faithful Friends. We pray that you will know the love of Christ in real ways as we care for your loved one. 

Our Vision

We desire that every person at Parkside Church, regardless of abilities, intellect and skills would become a committed follower of Jesus Christ. We recognize that the special needs ministry will look very different than a typical ministry for children, youth, and adults, and we desire that this ministry will:

  •  be a safe and loving place for children, youth, and adults with special needs;
  •  teach children, youth, and adults with special needs the truths of God’s Word in ways they may understand;
  •  show children, youth, and adults with special needs the love of the Lord Jesus Christ in practical ways;
  •  allow parents/caregivers to worship and study God’s Word, free from worry about their children;
  •  be a support group for families with children, youth, and adults who have special needs.

Our History

We began in 1992 with two teens with special needs and two helpers. Both of these teens are now adults who attend the Faithful Friends class. We now serve approximately 50 children, adults, and teens in our three classes: Faithful Friends, Jr., Faithful Friends Teens, and Faithful Friends adults.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Special Needs Ministry Update

    As we prayerfully consider how to best reopen our Faithful Friends Classes, our plan is to begin with our adult class. This is our current calendar for reopening:

    Faithful Friends Adults: Nov. 1 at 9:45am in A117
    Faithful Friends Jr: Nov. 15 at 9:45am in A115, alternate weeks
    Faithful Friends Teens: Nov. 22 at 9:45am in A115, alternate weeks

    We currently do not have plans to reopen Faithful Friends Teens at the 11:15 hour in A117 where it previously met. Instead, we will rotate Sundays with the FF Jr class in A115. This will allow us to maintain necessary staffing, and provide both the FF Jr and FF Teen classes opportunity to meet at least twice a month. We hope to continue to seek needed staff and reopen all classes in the future.

    This plan is fluid and subject to change, and we greatly value your prayers and understanding as we plan and implement the reopening of our Special Needs Ministry.

  • Special Needs Volunteers Needed

    Will you consider joining our Special Needs Ministry this year? 
    We are praying that God would provide 10 volunteers for our most immediate need in Faithful Friends, Jr. Experience working in special needs is not required, although it is a plus. On-the-job-training is provided. If you are interested in serving, in learning more, or have questions, please contact Julie.

  • Faithful Friends Class: Summer Schedule 2019

    During the months of July and August, Faithful Friends will be on summer break, but don't miss a special event in July!


Julie Pelletier