SHINE is Sugar Hill’s special needs ministry where we are able to connect with families affected by disability. The name SHINE stands for Support, Hope, Include, Nurture, and Embrace, which is what we hope to do for every child and family we are able to serve.
Our ministry offers a class each Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 in a quiet, sensory environment for friends who may be overwhelmed by small or large groups for their age. We also have buddies available to attend small or large group with friends who just need a little extra support.
In the SHINE room, we do crafts, games, music, engaging Bible lessons, and sensory activities that are adapted and appropriate for all sorts of needs.
Respite is a monthly event where parents of children with a disability can have a few hours to themselves. We take care of their kids one Saturday night each month from 4-7 pm. At Respite, we offer engaging and exciting programming that is sensory focused, flexible, and easily adapted for the needs of each child.
Both children with disabilities and their siblings will be paired one-on-one with a buddy who will spend the evening making that child feel loved and special. Kids can make crafts, build and eat a snack, play games, have worship time, hear exciting Bible stories, participate in sensory activities, and so much more. This event is open to families affected by disability in our church as well as families in the community.