Special Needs

A special needs child and a Brookwood Church Special Friends Volunteer playing games

First Visit

People with Special Needs learn about Jesus in safe, developmentally appropriate environments surrounded by loving volunteers and staff. Let us know you're coming by completing an Intake form.

A Special Friends parking sign in the Brookwood Church parking lot


When you arrive please feel free to park in the Special Friends designated parking spaces which are located by the playground and big blue ramp into the building. The Academy signs in the parking lot will direct you to this designated area. After you park, walk up the blue ramp and we’re located inside on the right in Pod D.

Katie Catoe interacting with a special friend

What You'll Find

Ministry volunteers will be available to welcome and care for your child demonstrating patience, maturity and dedication as they share the love of Jesus through their words and actions. Special Friends offers a large group room (we call it a Pod) for worship, music and movies as well as six classrooms which include a therapy swing, a quiet room and a sensory room.

Brookwood Church parents and caregivers of special needs children small group

Community Group

Parents and caregivers have unique responsibilities and experiences that go beyond the hours of a typical day. Consider building community and refueling at the Parents and Care Givers of Special Needs Community Group. Childcare for Special Friends is available while the group meets.

A volunteer dressed up at a Special Friends event at Brookwood Church.


You can also enjoy regularly scheduled Friday Fun Nights. Themed evenings with movies, karaoke and fun for the kids, while parents and caregivers go out for the evening.

Check out the activities below for the next event:


Special Friends • Safety Holds Restraint Workshop

Special Friends workshop on safety restraints specifically for families of special needs children.

Sunday, July 21
Registration Open