Mosaic Ministry

Mosaic Ministry

Supporting special needs through community.

St. Luke’s UMC believes that every individual be given the opportunity to find and give hope through Jesus Christ. We understand accommodations and additional supports with our programming would allow individuals of all abilities to have a more meaningful experience. We are committed to ensuring all children, youth, adults, parents and caretakers can feel safe, supported, and encouraged to grow in their faith. 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

Ephesians 2:10

What We Offer

We come alongside individuals from toddlers into adulthood to encourage continued faith development with the support of a community of believers. We have something for every age group. See more below:

Our specially trained team members have a desire to see every child experience Jesus on their level. We can provide sensory toys, rewards, and modifications as needed at both our North Indy and Midtown campuses. Individual adjustments to the current programming are also accommodated for those who may benefit from more time in a smaller, quieter environment.

We have a buddy program that pairs up a child with special needs one on one with a team member in one of the typical kids ministry environments. Your child will experience Jesus through worship, teaching, and interactive activities alongside same-aged peers.

Volunteers serve as buddies to partner with your child in Sunday morning programming during the 9:30am and 11am services at North Indy, and during the 11am service at Midtown. 

For our North Indy location, our Genesis Music and KidzSing Music programs have buddies and volunteers trained in strategies for including kids with various needs.  

Many of our special events including Vacation Bible School have options for buddy support, access to our sensory retreat room, and additional accommodations as needed. 

To learn more about serving as a buddy or requesting support for your child, please contact Crystal. 

Staff and small group leaders are trained in strategies for including youth with various needs. Student Ministries offers several fun and engaging events throughout the year where leaders and specially trained team members can support youth with differing abilities alongside their peers. 

A buddy program is also available for Sunday mornings and various events where a team member is paired up with a youth with special needs one on one to provide support. Our staff and volunteers in Youth Ministry strive to include individuals from any background or ability level to foster growth in their faith and individual spiritual practices. Please contact Crystal to communicate any special requests or accommodations to church programming or to learn more about serving with our youth. 

In the Fall of 2024 at our North Indy campus, there will be special needs small group openings for middle and high school students.  

All individuals attending St. Luke’s UMC have ways to contribute to our community and grow in their personal faith journeys. Adults interested in participating in a group alongside peers can request a peer adult buddy to join a class with them to be supported as needed.  

Beginning spring 2024, a Mosaic Community Group will meet on Wednesday evenings (initially once per month) for prayer, games and service projects together. To learn more and register, click the button below!

Team members also help adults get plugged into serving opportunities within the church based on spiritual gifts and interest areas. To learn about serving opportunities or sign up to support another adult with their serving opportunity, please click here to contact Crystal. 

At our North Indy location for 9:30am and 11am services, an alternate space for viewing worship is available. This is a sensory retreat area in room C110 with dim lighting, low volume, and a small worship environment.  

Support for Parents & Caregivers

Parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs have a unique journey that can be supported through community. Our support group that meets the second Sunday of each month during the school year is an opportunity to connect as parents in a community of faith. We share common ground in parenting a child, youth, or adult with special needs. We share time over lunch, a guest speaker, and prayer. Childcare is always provided.