Idlewild Baptist Church | Special Needs
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Special Needs

At Idlewild, we desire to include each person in the life of the church. Our Special Needs Ministry provides an appropriate and supportive environment for the individual impacted by a disability or special needs, while other family members attend worship service, Bible Fellowship groups or serve in the church. Because of the unique nature of each individual we serve, we ask all new participants in the program to complete a questionnaire and meet with the Special Needs Ministry leader before attending the program.

Sunday Morning Classes

  • 9:15: Adults and older teens meet at 9:15 for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Many of these students attend the worship service during the next session.
  • 11:00: Our group participates in the music portion of the worship service, then returns to the Suite and divides into two classes: Teens/Tweens and The Younger Set. Age-appropriate Bible teaching and activities are offered in each group.
  • Double Session: For those students needing care for both sessions while family attends Bible Fellowship and Worship, respite is available for the additional time.

Our Preschool, Children’s Ministry, and Student Ministry all welcome students with disabilities. Because each situation is unique, you are encouraged to call in advance so that together we can work toward the best setting for each student. We also invite you to visit on a quiet weekday so that Sunday morning can be smoother for your student.

Schedule a get-to-know-you visit

Buddy Break

Buddy Break provides a safe place for VIPs and their siblings to have fun while their caregivers get a break.

VIPs are kids with disabilities or special needs. Buddy Break is for VIP children ages 2-16, and their elementary aged siblings.

Buddies are volunteers at least 14 years old, who have completed Buddy Training 101 and are paired up with a VIP or sibling for the day.

Want to enroll your VIP for Buddy Break? Begin by creating an account at and completing the VIP enrollment. Then register your kiddo for the next event. Idlewild hosts Buddy Break from 10 am till 1 pm on these dates. Space is limited and registration is required for each event.

IBC Champions

Players of all ages and abilities participate in Spring and Fall Softball in a special division of the Idlewild Recreation Outreach. Champions Field is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. The Idlewild Champions Division is open to players from the community as well as to church members. Bring a friend!

Beat Street

Beat Street is a safe, fun place that welcomes those who march to the beat of a different drum! Elementary ages through adults are invited to J*A*M at Beet Street on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the Special Needs Garden Suite.

What is the Beat Street J*A*M? 

JESUS – Celebrate the Great Designer and Master Gardener

ARTS – Explore color, texture sound and light through crafts and sensory stations

MUSIC – Cultivate social and developmental skills through multi-sensory drumming and instrumental expression

Latest Updates

  • Buddy Break Dates

    Registration opens 30 days before event. Registration closes one week before event. Register online here. 2015 Dates Feb 7 Mar 7 May – alternate location June – Make ‘M Smile Orlando – van available Aug 1 Sept 5 Oct 3 Nov 7   Questions? Call 813-264-8773 or email

  • Fishing with Campbell

    Fishing Class Designed for Special Needs

    Fishing, Faith & Fun is offering a class specifically designed for our folks in Special Needs Ministry. Saturdays beginning January 10 9:00 – noon Accommodations will be made according to the needs of individual participants. Safety is critical, so specific questions will need to be......

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    Round Up at The Ranch 2014

    So much fun, so many smiles, such gracious hosts Nearly 200 guests from our Special Needs Ministry community enjoyed hayrides, BBQ, drum circle, petting zoo, pasture fishing and more!   …and a good time was had by all    ...

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Our Team

Deana Troyer

Manager - Special Needs (813-264-8773)

Want to volunteer? Talk to us about volunteer opportunities!