One Body

One Body, One God 

One Body is Lutheran Church of Hope’s Special Needs Ministry for kids and students who are affected by special needs. We believe all students deserve the opportunity to experience and learn about the love of God, and we seek to provide inclusive opportunities for all students to worship and connect with their peers. 
At Hope West Des Moines, we have wonderful staff who collaborate with families to choose appropriate programming for children who have special needs in behavior, physical, cognitive or medical areas. Our goal is to ensure children can remain independent and included in as much programming as possible. To do this, a team member might “check in” on a child or provide additional coaching to the group leader. In other instances, a volunteer may be assigned to work specifically with a child either in the small group setting as a buddy or in a separate classroom with alternative programming or adapted lessons. 

One Body Special Needs volunteers and students smiling as a group

One Body Schedule

One Body HopeKids is available Sundays at 9:30 & 11:00 am for ages 3 – grade 5. One Body Student Ministry (PowerLife and Ignition) is available on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm for grades 6-12. 
One Body is also available during all VBS sessions in July. If support is needed and a volunteer is available, buddies are provided to experience VBS with children who have special needs. The One Body coordinator works with families ahead of time to help best support their student.  
Special events and activities are also planned regularly to help families connect and find fellowship. We’re here to support the entire family and make church as easy and accessible as possible for everyone! 

Looking to Volunteer with One Body?

If you have a heart for helping out with One Body, it’s easy to sign up to volunteer! There are multiple ways to get involved in the One Body Special Needs Ministry. It’s rewarding and collaborative, and we’ll be there with you to offer strategies and help. Let us know you’re interested! 

One Body Adult Bible Study

One Body is also available for adults! Hope West Des Moines offers a One Body Adult Bible Study on Thursdays from 7:00-7:45 pm for individuals ages 18 and older. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information. 

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Jill Smith