Positively Impacting The Disability Community In Orlando

January 24, 2012


One of our core values at First Baptist Orlando is that we believe that EVERY person has infinite worth.   It’s not what we can or can’t do that determines our value and worth as human beings…our value and worth stems from the fact that God created us in His image and loves each one of us.

For that reason our Special Friends Ministry here at First Baptist Orlando seeks to positively impact our local community by being a place of welcome, acceptance, and inclusion for children and adults with special needs and share the love of Christ with them.

There are several ways that we seek to do that:

  •  Special Friends Children Life Groups:  our goal is to create a classroom that is structured and to provide a valued time of learning about Jesus through teaching and a variety of activities such as bible story time and creativity and craft time!
  • Special Friends Adult Life Groups: Our purpose in our adult Life Group is to provide a valued time of learning God’s Word, building genuine friendships,  and to help each adult fulfill the role that God has planned for them.
  • Buddy Break:  The weight and stress of finding proper doctors, teachers, and financial resources for a VIP child’s care can be overwhelming.  Buddy Break is a FREE respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours one Saturday morning a month.
  • On-Demand Training:  our free online video training series is designed to provide parents, teachers, and volunteers with the latest research-based strategies on specific topics related to special needs.
  • Friends@Home:  Friends@Home is one of our new ministries for 2012 where we seek to create faith-centered friendships and develop a sense of connection with our special friends adults during the weekday through phone calls and personal visits.
  • Parent Life Group:  our goal of our soon-to-be-formed parent Life Group is to connect parents of children with special needs with each other, develop life-long friendships, dig into God’s Word as see how it applies to our life’s journey, and to encourage one another.

If you have any questions or comments about the Special Friends Ministry at First Baptist Orlando please feel free to call or email.

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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