Influencing individuals with special needs & disabilities to find and follow Jesus

Welcome to HUGS!

Our HUGS (Help for Uniquely Gifted Souls) Ministry at LifePoint welcomes kids, students, and adults with special needs into all areas of ministry. Parents know their child’s strengths and needs better than anyone, so we’re excited to partner with you to help influence your child to find and follow Jesus.


At 9:00, we offer programming for elementary-age students through teens/adults.

At 10:30, we offer programming for elementary-age students through teens/adults, plus one-to-one buddies as needed.


HUGS is a special needs ministry that has been making religious community, and education accessible to all learners for over 20 years. 

We serve learners of all ages, abilities, and cognitive levels, offering both ‘push in’ services, providing buddies for students participating in our age-appropriate classrooms, and ‘pull out’ services welcoming students to a specialized service in our dedicated HUGS suite each week, should they choose that service option. This means that we can offer a wide range of supports so every family can find community within LifePoint Church regardless of their family’s individual needs.

Providing quality care to a child is both rewarding and challenging. We believe that Jesus doesn’t call us into this alone, but He wants to walk this path together. For that reason, it is essential for parents and caregivers to ‘fill their own cup’ each week to maximize what they can provide their family throughout the rest of the week. Our goal is to offer a safe and welcoming environment that parents and caregivers can trust to provide quality care and biblical teaching, while they attend services and deepen in their own faith. We strive to offer comprehensive support to the whole family by helping foster a connection not just on Sunday mornings, but also to our adult small groups, men’s and women’s bible studies, marriage ministry, and family life events.

In addition to HUGS Sunday services we offer a HUGS Wednesday small group, open to the community that meets weekly for worship, fellowship and of course fun! Our HUGS volunteer teams also advocate for inclusivity for the disabled in our local community, plan fun family events, dream up and implement new programs to benefit our HUGS families, and help other area churches create disability ministry programs of their own.

If you would like to tour our facility, or speak to a staff member, we would love to be a part of your inclusion journey too. The HUGS ministry at LifePoint has become part of the DNA of our church, and so we encourage you to see this as essential not just for the families you will serve, but also for the betterment of the church as a whole!


They create a safe place for all people to be cared for and BELONG. You have what it takes to be a HUGS volunteer if you identify with the following:

I can empathize with an individual who demonstrates behaviors I might not understand.

I can be flexible and think on my feet.

I can be a friend and share the love of Jesus with others.


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