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 19:14


Young Adults: 9:30A – 10:30A in M8 (Mobile Unit)

Children: 11A in C118 (Kids Wing)

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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 outreach programs such as, early learning centers, and social services and working for the state of Virginia as a caregiver for families God has made my passion clearer for 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 at 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 you and your child or children feel at home, loved by God, supported, and prayed for.

Rebecca Diehl
Special Needs Coordinator
Spotswood Baptist Church
specialneeds@spotswood.org

Plan your first visit.

STEP 1: INTAKE FORM

Please take a few moments to complete our intake form so we can get to know your kiddo.

STEP 2: CONNECT WITH REBECCA

Send a quick email to our Special Needs Coordinator, Rebecca Diehl, at specialneeds@spotswood.org, to set up a meet & greet.

 

Step 3: VISIT OUR CALMING ROOM

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 connect 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 to display the love of Christ to each and every child no matter what age they are. Each child is seen as an opportunity for us to love and not a problem to fix. Every Sunday, we open God’s Word, along with visuals that enhance the lesson of the week. And of course, there’s time for crafts, activities, games, and snacks. Your child will love the range of activities we take them through.

Our Kids’ Space: Our blue calming (sensory) kids’ room is a safe, peaceful, fun space we’ve crafted for your child. We provide a lot of sensory tools and other engaging instruments to create the best experience possible. We’re confident your child will feel loved and cared for in our blue calming room.

Our Young Adult Space: Our young adults’ room is a safe, peaceful, fun space where our young adults can learn and connect with one another. We provide a lot of sensory tools and other engaging instruments to create the best experience possible. We’re confident each adult will feel loved and cared for every time we gather.

Listen to our Hope In the In-Between Podcast

Hope In the In-Between is a podcast for parents and caregivers raising children with special needs. Each month, we invite special guests – parents and professionals – to dive into heartfelt discussions with us to help you better understand your unique situation, share practical parenting strategies, offer resources, and explore the role of faith in our journey.

Join us on this monthly podcast to find inspiration, guidance, and community as we navigate the extraordinary path of raising special children together.

Episodes drop on the first Tuesday of every month.

In the meantime, give them a follow on Instagram @hopeinbetween.podcast

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:

• Classroom Teacher

• Teacher Assistant

• Being a buddy for one of our mainstream students

You are welcome to serve weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly on Sundays at either hour Together, we can make a difference by investing in the lives of these children and their families.

If interested, please email Rebecca Diehl.

Frequently Asked Questions

We would gladly help transition them into middle school or high school with the help of a buddy if preferred.

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.

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.

Our classroom is handicap accessible. The room is a calm, open space for students to enjoy their time.

One volunteer for every two students.