Special Needs Ministry
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 9:14
A Note From Rebecca Diehl
Hello, my name is Rebecca Diehl and I am Spotswood’s Special Needs Coordinator. I have lived in Fredericksburg for twenty years and attended Spotswood from the age of four.
Because I had to overcome many health situations as a child, I saw children and families who did not have the love and support that I had. From a young age, God placed a passion in me for helping children and their families but I did not know where that was going to lead me.
I started volunteering as a middle schooler with Spotswood’s VBS and then on Sundays in the nursery. When I started college, I thought I wanted to major in Exercise science and become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, but God had a bigger plan as he directed me to change my major at Liberty University to Family and Child Development with a minor in Psychology.
As I got more involved with different family outreaches programs such as, early learning centers, social services and working for the state of Virginia as a caregiver for families God has made my passion clearer to helping families and children with special needs within the church. As God led me to this amazing opportunity to be Spotswood’s Special Needs Coordinator, I am so amazed how God has brought me full circle to the place where I first got involved with children and families.
I look forward to getting to know each family individually and helping you in any way I can. My goal is to make your child or children and you feel at home, loved by God, supported, and prayed for.
Special Needs Coordinator
Spotswood Baptist Church
If you’re new to Spotswood or to our Special Needs ministry – WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re with us and we hope your whole family finds the perfect place to connect. Here are your first steps to connecting with our Special Needs ministry.
Step 1: The Intake Form
To help us give your child the best possible experience on his or her first visit, we would love for you to fill our our intake form. This will help us get to know you a little before your first visit. We will help you determine the best placement for your child and any support needed throughout the morning.
Step 2: Meet & Greet
We would love to meet up with you and your child before their first visit. Just send an email to Rebecca Diehl (email@example.com) and she will be in touch!
Step 3: Your First Visit
We want your loved one to feel at home with us. One way you can help us do that is by staying with us for the first week he or she attends.
What to Expect
Our Special Needs groups gather on Sunday mornings. We serve children and young adults with all manner of special needs. We love seeing people from this community connecting with God and with one another through the church.
We also love seeing parents find the support and care that they need as well.
Sundays at Spotswood: Our desire is for every child/teen/adult to hear the gospel and grow in our Savior’s love. Each Sunday, we attend an age-appropriate large group experience, enjoy a few moments of large motor activities at our outdoor or indoor playland, have a snack and explore our beautiful sensory room.
Our Space: Our beautiful Snoezelen (sensory) room is a safe, positive and loving environment. Lots of fun is had with bubble tubes, interactive games and ball pit. The creation story comes alive in this room with an amazing video.
Serve with us
We would love for you to join our team in the Special Needs Ministry. We have several opportunities for you to consider:
Being a buddy for one of our mainstream students
You are welcome to serve weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly!
Together, we can make a difference by investing in the lives of these children and their families.
Picnics in the park
Sunday, December 11 • 12:30p • College Building
Night to Shine
Friday, February 10 • Salem Fields Community Church
More info to come…
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Frequently Asked Questions
All volunteers are trained personally by the special needs coordinator and go through a background check by Spotswood Baptist Church before volunteering in the classroom.
Bible studies for Life: Special Buddies is the curriculum I am using.
We accommodate all special needs to accommodate the needs of your family.
Our rooms are set up so that every student can enjoy their time learning about Jesus.
Yes! We do events throughout the year for our special needs community.
You can get all the details here on the Special Needs page OR through our email to parents!
Our Adult Special Needs class meets at 9:30a, and
our Children’s Special Needs class meets at 11a.
Classroom is handicap accessible. Room is a calm, open space for students to enjoy their time.
One volunteer for every two students.