Special Needs Ministry

Special Needs Ministries

Are you, or someone you know with special needs, looking for a welcoming, inviting environment to worship and grow in faith?

Special Needs Ministry Resource Websites


There was a man who was paralyzed. Some men were carrying him on a mat. They tried to bring him in and put him down before Jesus.  But because there were so many people there, they could not find a way to Jesus.  So the men went up on the roof and made a hole in the roof.  They lowered the mat so that the paralyzed man was lying right before Jesus.  Jesus saw that these men believed.

Luke 5:18-20a

At Bethany, our doors and hearts are open to special needs children, youth, and adults. They can participate in any of our Sunday School classes, worship services, or other activities.  Whatever your age or disability, we want to assist you in finding your place within the Bethany family.  We offer both spiritual and social opportunities to grow and to serve.

Bethany currently offers a Sunday School class for cognitively impaired adults, All God's People, as well as quarterly community-wide social events.  We also provide opportunities for children and youth to participate in typical Sunday School classes.

We are open to developing more ways to include individuals with special needs in the life of the church and beyond.

  • We invite you to come and worship with us.
  • We invite you to participate in our special needs ministry whether you are a person with special needs or know of someone who is.
  • We would invite you to serve helping with our dances, game nights, or Sunday School classes.

If you have a question, feel free to contact us by phone, or by using our online form:

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Ministry for Adults with Dementia

House of Friends:
This program is offered free of charge to individuals with dementia who are being cared for at home by family members. It is a weekly program designed to give the family caregiver a four-hour respite.


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Cecilia Barrentine
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Cecilia Barrentine has been on the staff of Bethany United Methodist Church since December 1997. Her job has evolved into leading and serving two ministry areas – she is the Director of Connections Ministry and the Director of Care Ministries. As Director of Connections Ministry , her primary responsibilities include facilitation of the “My Gifts and Passions Workshop”, serving Sundays in the Connection Corner as a Connection Consultant, overseeing the establishment and implementation of the annual all church service commitment plan, leading the Welcome Orientation class once a month, and supporting leadership in the Connection Celebration. As Director of Care Ministries, she oversees and assists with facilitation of ReWyre: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends (our Divorce recovery workshop). She supports volunteers and leaders for the Save-a-Life team, the Special Needs Ministry team, the Primetimers (Older Adult Ministry), House of Friends, the Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group, the Job Seeker Support Group and Benevolence financial assistance. She serves with the pastors in providing care for the congregation and community. Cecilia is married to Mel Barrentine and lives in Buda where both offer support to extended family and enjoy working on their 135 year old home. Her passions include reading and learning, walking in nature, collecting antiques, and time with friends and family.
 
 
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