Sunday mornings are the center of the specials needs ministry. We offer classroom opportunities to children birth through adults at our Eden Prairie location. We serve a variety of students with a disability diagnosis, medical diagnosis, cognitive delays, behavioral disability, and more. The first step in joining our Sunday morning class is to fill out a registration form. This will help us get to know you a little before you come for the first time. We will help you determine the best placement for your child and any support needed while they are with us during Sunday School.
We hope to partner with you to ensure the best care for your child during Sunday mornings at Grace Church Chaska. We will be providing one-on-one care or our “buddy system” for each child on a needed basis. For questions, feel free to contact Bailey Meyer at .
Some students are unable to be successful in a regular Sunday school classroom, often due to behavior issues, low cognitive ability or limited ability to communicate. This classroom functions similar to a special education classroom with greater structure, more assistance, and more attention to sensory issues. Each Sunday morning consists of a lesson, music time, activities with related crafts, and snack time.
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As our children grow to be teens and adults, they continue in their walk of faith and in their relationships with one another each Sunday. Many of our students have formed lasting friendships and love being together in this class. Each Sunday their time together begins with a snack and connecting with each other. They worship together, have a lesson, share prayer requests, and pray together.
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Here are a few testimonies of people who are a part of our special needs ministry. Prayerfully consider joining us!
John Doyle, Adult Class Member
"I like coming to class. I can see my friends and sing songs with Pastor Bill. My favorite song is "God Loves Me." Dale is a good teacher, and I learn a lot about Jesus. We write in our journals each week about things that make us happy and things we want to pray about. And best of all, we celebrate our birthdays with a nice treat!"
Tyler McMunn, Teen/Young Adult Class Volunteer
"The Holy Spirit flows in Barnabas from student to student. During worship time, our students lift up their voices loudly or show their love for the Lord through enthusiastic dance! Pure joy emanates from each kid. The smiles and laughs are absolutely contagious! It is also an amazing experience watching our kids have deep theological discussions every Sunday. Good questions are asked, great answers are given. Barnabas is an amazing environment where anyone is welcome to worship, learn, and be loved on."
Russ Adamson, Kids Class Volunteer
God tugged on my heartstrings to stretch my faith. The ministry was Barnabas, and I was skeptical. "Really Lord?" I thought. "Volunteering with disabled children?" I had zero experience, but God showed me "You don’t need experience, only love!" In obedience, I walked through the door into the ministry, and it has impacted my life and faith in ways I never knew possible. I have been immeasurably blessed in a ministry where no experience is necessary — just a love for God’s precious children.
"For more than 12 years, my wife Kathy and I have enjoyed our part in the special needs ministry. While she helps with the little kids, I help out with the adults, whom I have seen grow and mature — not only physically, but also in their individual spiritual lives as well. I can site a number of examples of individuals who have grown from superficial Sunday attendance to a deeper and meaningful relationship with the Lord. It is evident in the prayer time we share where we hear firsthand their prayers and petitions to the Lord Jesus. Truly a blessing."