HOPE Special Needs Ministry












HOPE Special Needs Ministry

At Bell Shoals Baptist Church we consider it a privilege and a direct call from God to reach out to people of all abilities. This ministry represents the heart of God. Our desire is to share the love of Jesus with the entire family while communicating in a way that meets the learners' needs, regardless of their cognitive, medical, or hidden disabilities.

It is our hope to develop all people into fully devoted followers of Christ, integrated into the church. HOPE makes it possible for parents to worship together, attend a LIFE Group, or serve in the church while their child with disabilities is safely cared for in a loving, Christ-centered environment.

For more information about the HOPE Ministry please contact the Children's Ministry office at 689-4229 ext 223.















HOPE Learners:  Have social challenges, have challenged communication skills (reading, writing, etc.), learn well when delivered systematic instruction with repetition; and extended time for mastery of skills, learn well in smaller settings with lower adult/child ratio, are sensitive to typical classroom noises, have eye-hand coordination and/or mobility challenges, or have uneven areas of ability.

HOPE LIFE Groups: Meet each Sunday 11:00 a.m. in the HOPE portable west of the U drive drop off outside the Special Events Center (SEC). HOPE participants learn about the love of Jesus in a way that is meaningful to them. Activities and lessons are modified to meet learners needs. Buddies are paired up with learners to offer hands that help and hearts that care. LIFE Groups include activities, Bible lessons, arts & crafts, games, worship music, and praise and prayer requests. 

HOPE Preschoolers Age 3-5: All preschoolers start in the Bell Shoals preschool program until or unless parents/teachers decide the HOPE preschool ministry is more appropriate. Parents are encouraged to meet with a HOPE Coordinator to discuss their options. This may include observing a HOPE LIFE Group to determine which environment is more suitable for their child’s needs, integration into the typical preschool classroom setting or a self-contained HOPE class.

Volunteer Opportunities

Be a HOPE volunteer! Jesus repeatedly stopped what He was doing to meet the needs of individuals, often those who had some type of disability. HOPE is staffed by people who want to mirror the heart of Jesus and help all of His children build a relationship with Him. No experience is required! Serve alongside other volunteers who have experience or know the learners well. We encourage you to observe a Life Group before you make a commitment to volunteer. Please complete the HOPE Volunteer form if you're interested in serving in the HOPE ministry. 

For more information about the HOPE Ministry please contact the Children's Ministry office at 689-4229 ext 223.