special needs

During both worship services, children with special needs have an opportunity to learn about and experience the love of Jesus through learning activities designed specifically for them in the Joy Zone. Depending upon parent request and the child’s individual needs, children are kept exclusively in the special needs classroom or integrated into typical classrooms for all or part of the hour. “Buddies” are provided for those children who participate in typical classrooms. Joy Zone volunteers are sensitive to the individual needs of each child and will provide loving care accordingly. You can be assured they will be safe while in our care.


Revive is a free parents night out program for children with special needs and their siblings. It is offered from 6:00-10:00 pm two Fridays per month. A staff of trained, loving volunteers care for children with special needs and their siblings. The event is designed to provide socialization and fun for children. Revive is not specifically designed to be a therapeutic environment, even though the current staff includes child psychologists, medical professionals, speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists, and special needs educators. Medical professionals are present at each event to address any medical issues that may arise and a criminal background check is conducted on all Revive volunteers.

A full array of activities are planned for the children, including crafts, playground activities, ball pit, bounce house, computer games, music or karaoke, and board games.

If you and your family would like to be a part of the Revive program, Revive Family Application (147 downloads) click here for the 2017-2018 application. Or, if you have a heart to serve Revive families, email Revive@NorthWoodChurch.org and let us know.