Special Edition Ministry is designed to give one-on-one care for students from toddler age to young adults who live with a neurological or physical challenge. Grace Church believes that everyone is special to God and that He has a plan and purpose for each of us.

We minister to those with a variety of special needs such as:

✔️ Downs Syndrome ✔️ Autism ✔️Seizure Disorder  ✔️ADHD ✔️Cerebral Palsy 

While in Special Edition they will experience a time of worship, Bible stories, prayer, fun play time, and a lot of love!

If you have or know someone who would benefit from this ministry, we encourage you to contact our special Edition coordinators. We would love for you to schedule a visit to see us in action. Complete the form below or email
hwillburn@gracestl.org Hannah Willburn: (314) 292-8300.

We meet in the Gymnasium every Sunday during the 10 am service.  


Family Welcome Area / Check-in

Here is where families will be welcomed with open arms as they encounter a space designed specifically for their needs. In this area, families and volunteers can:

  • Meet/connect with other families/volunteers
  • Give each child, teen, or young adult a chance to acclimate to the Special Edition area
  • Meet with Special Friends staff members
  • Learn about the programs offered or fill out/update registration forms.
  • Take the necessary time to help your child, teen, or young adult transition safely

Play with Purpose

Our space is designed with therapeutic, social, and educational purposes in mind:

  • Music pod
  • Quiet room (with optic lights and bubble tube)
  • Sensory pod
  • Cause and effect pod
  • Gym (for gross motor play)

The Worship and Teaching Area

The worship and teaching space is designed to teach the Bible while appealing to individual learning styles by the use of:

  • Interactive teaching
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Movable seating
  • Tools to accommodate a variety of communication styles

Volunteer Action Center

The Special Edition ministry would not be possible without the dedication and willing hearts of our volunteers! Volunteer Central offers a place to:

  • Pray for the upcoming service with our Special Friends
  • Meet a volunteer team for pre-service huddles
  • Prepare snacks for our Special Friends


Restrooms are designed with the physical and sensory needs of our students in mind. Each restroom provides ample space and necessary equipment to ensure comfort and safety.



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