Special Needs Ministry

The Kirk Community of Friends is the special needs ministry at The Kirk. This community focuses on the abilities and God given gifts and talents of our members and provides opportunities for them to use those gifts and talents to share with others in the church, community and world. It is our hope for our members to be transformed by Christ to transform the world.

Kirk Community of Friends is dedicated to:

  • Sharing God's love and word with individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities in our church and community

  • Providing opportunities for Christ-centered friendships to form between our members, volunteers and congregation

  • To equip people with disabilities and their families to become full participants and contributors in the body of Christ and their communities

Special Buds - Sunday mornings

Special Buds is a Sunday morning ministry at 9am and 10:30am for children and adults with developmental disabilities. If you have a child or know of an individual who has an developmental disability and may need a buddy to go with them to Sunday school, or may benefit from a class with fewer students and more one-on-one care, Special Buds might be the program for them.

Faithful Buds - Sunday nights

Faithful Buds is a ministry for adults with developmental disabilities that meets on Sunday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Kirk of the Hills in The Gathering. This program is open to the community. Every Sunday night, Faithful Bud members pray for each other, study the Bible, have a meal together and finish up the evening with a social activity. They host an annual talent show where all the members perform and have a time in the spotlight. Faithful Buds also participate in a variety of mission projects throughout the year and attend different sporting events and activities in the community.

Friday Night Owls - One Friday night monthly

Friday Night Owls is held on the fourth Friday of each month from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in The Gathering at the Kirk of the Hills campus. Friday Night Owls is open to families that attend either Kirk campus and have a child with a developmental disability. When there are sufficient volunteers, Friday Night Owls is open to the community as well. While parents have a night out, their children enjoy a fun evening of movies, video games, snacks, crafts and other games in a one-on-one environment.


Pathways mission is to provide a unique Christian program focusing on students' emotional, cognitive, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational growth. Pathways meets Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and offers full-time and part-time options to meet each student's needs.

For information, visit pathwaysok.org