Special Needs Venue


As you know, our church loves everyone, and we strive to show the love of Jesus to all, especially those who have been marginalized by society or hurt by church in the past. Many families with a child with special needs have a hard time finding a church who will love their child as much as they do. With help from 99 Balloons (a well-respected, world-wide ministry for children with special needs) The Venues is reaching out to these families and creating a place where they feel accepted, included and loved.


rEcess Nights:

These events are incredible! As a volunteer, you will either be paired 1:1 with a child with special needs, or you will help in the sibling area. You do not need to be an expert, you just need to have a heart for these kids and their families. There will be a professional Behavioral Specialist on site throughout the evening to provide training, support and encouragement. We will also have a Medical Professional there to handle all medication and toileting needs. Your job is just to love the kids and have fun! Volunteers arrive at 5:30, we serve you dinner and there is a short training session before the kids arrive. The kids are there from 6:30-10:00pm. It really is an amazing time, and the families really need and appreciate our love and support. Thank you so much for making this possible!


Sunday Mornings:

For both the 9:30 and 11:00 services, we have volunteers designated as special needs “buddies" to help all the children participate with their peers throughout the various activities in Kids Venue. We also have a sensory room if the kids get overstimulated and need a break. We want the parents to be able to relax, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the regular service in the auditorium. We want the children to feel loved and included, and to know we are excited to see them each week! 

Here’s how you can help:

  • Contact Taylor Carlton to help at rEcess nights: 

    • email taylorcarlton@thevenues.org or call 417.616.1638

  • Contact Erika O'Bryant to help on Sunday mornings:

    • email erikaobryant@thevenues.org or call 417.234.4860

  • Complete a background check ministryopportunities.org/thevenueschurc

  • Create an account and register as a new volunteer on www.recesshub.com