SHINE Special Needs Ministry

Children with Special Needs are a Special Part of our Next Gen Ministry – they SHINE! 

Our primary purpose in SHINE is to encourage your child with special needs in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through the loving relationship with a caring adult. Our goal on Sunday mornings is for our SHINE Kids to be able to access the Sunday school Kidstown curriculum in the most appropriate setting according to their needs.

Our SHINE Ministry serves children in Kidstown and Student Ministries at the Lexington campus aiming to provide the most appropriate setting for each child to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Each child has one or two dedicated “buddies” that will rotate throughout the Sunday school year. At the Lexington Campus, your child and buddy meet in room G-7 and then proceed to their grade-level appropriate Sunday school class with other children involved in the Grace Chapel Kidstown. Room G-7 remains the home base for our SHINE Kids all morning, and also serves an optional classroom for those where the grade-level classroom is not a good fit. SHINE utilizes other spaces for our SHINE kids including our Playspace where they can “take a break” in a gross motor sensory room.

"Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.
And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."

I Corinthians 12:22-26


For those with gifts of mercy, teaching, faith, and/or encouragement please consider joining our SHINE team.

There is a current need for volunteers to serve every week or every other week being a buddy, teacher or coach. Education is provided!

To learn more about SHINE or inquire about being a buddy to one of our awesome kids, contact Becky Voigt at