Special Abilities

 BEach day 

Our 7th annual Beach Day is coming up, Saturday, August 13th, at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, and we would LOVE to have you and your family join us!  Beach Day is a wonderful opportunity for families with a child or adult with a special ability, to enjoy a fun-filled day together at the beach!  It is also a wonderful way for families who are newer to our Special Abilities Community to meet other families.  

Here are a few things you should know:

  • The event is FREE
  • Parking is FREE
  • Accessible Bathrooms
  • Access mats are provided for beach accessibility
  • Lunch will be provided 
  • Bring the whole family!

We will send an email the week of the event with other important information, so be on the lookout for that.  *Please note that registration will close on Monday, August 8th.

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Calvary Special Abilities Ministries seeks to share the love of Jesus with individuals and families affected by disability through friendship, fellowship, and intentionally designed ministry tools. 

welcome to Calvary Special Abilities!

Welcome to our new special abilities wing

Sunday Morning

  • Calvary is gathering again for indoor services on Saturdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 9:00am and 11:00am.
  • The Special Abilities Ministry has moved into our NEW WING!! We provide childcare during both the 9:00am and 11:00am service.
  • Check-in is located through the main entrance (sliding glass doors) and make an immediate right. You will see the new wing straight ahead (located right next to the High School Ministry.)
  • For live-stream information, please visit the main page.
  • If you would like to receive our weekly ministry communications, email gina.spivey@calvarywestlake.org.

The Special Abilities Wing
is open every Sunday at the 9am and 11am services. Each week, we do our best to provide one-on-one buddies for each child. All of our buddies are trained, and those over 18 are fingerprinted and background checked. During each service, we do a Bible lesson, video, integrated worship with other classes, outside time on our adapted playground, and crafts. If you are interested in these services simply show up and we will accommodate your needs to the best of our ability! It is our joy to spend time with your children each week!  


Buddy Integration is also an option for your child. If you desire, we will send a buddy with your child to any of the typical Sunday morning classrooms in children’s ministry, middle school ministry, or high school ministry. To connect your child with a Buddy, please stop by room 1300 before the start of the service.

For more information or questions about Sunday programs, please contact gina.spivey@calvarywestlake.org.

*Room 1300 and buddies are NOT available for Saturday evening service.


Join us for Buddy Break at Calvary the fourth weekend of each month. We have started alternating between Friday evenings from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday mornings from 10am – 1pm, January-October.


To sign up, or for information regarding our COVID safety protocols, email gina.spivey@calvarywestlake.org.

Buddy Break
is a free respite program designed to provide fun activities for kids and teens with special abilities (VIPs) and their siblings! Our heart is to form friendships with all of the VIPs and siblings, and to offer a time of rest for parents and caregivers. VIPs and siblings are paired with trained buddies.


For more information on the Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program, click here.


is a Wednesday evening program for kids who may require the help of a buddy to participate in activities, listen to Scripture lessons, and memorize Bible verses. Our heart is to spiritually invest in each child. We believe that all children are able to learn more about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. We intentionally adapt lessons and create PEC cards to aid in scripture memorization. Throughout each week, parents are able to help their children memorize verses and review the Bible lesson. 

Each week, we meet in room 1300 from 6:00 – 7:15pm. During the evening, we combine with other classes for worship and games, and then we have our own specialized Bible story, craft, and Scripture memory time.

: Awana runs from early September through late April. If you have any questions about our Awana4Me program, please contact Gina Spivey



2022 Dates TBD

Our CK Family Experience (FX Live) is a live event where parents and kids join together on campus in the High School room for music, laughter, and fun as we learn about the character of God.

FX will take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm – 7:15pm.


The “Bible Street Boys” is a small group of young adult men who meet every Tuesday for a time of fellowship. During this time, we catch up on each others’ weeks, do a Bible study, have prayer time, and play a game. Occasionally, we will go on fun outings (such as bowling or a movie).


This is an incredible group of young men who are seeking to learn more about God, and grow together in community. If you know anyone who might be interested in joining this group, please let us know by emailing Gina Spivey: gina.spivey@calvarywestlake.org.


Vacation Bible School
is an exciting week at Calvary! Buddies are available for any VIPs who need assistance throughout the week. We love being able to integrate our VIPs into all of the activities and programming at VBS. Please consider registering your child to participate in this amazing week of fun! 


Adventure Weeks is a Christ-centered Summer Day Camp at Calvary Westlake that offers a safe and fun environment for those entering Kindergarten-5th Grade, including those with special abilities. Our goal during the summer is to partner with families in order to provide spiritual support and lead children to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Please check back in Spring for information about Adventure Weeks 2022!


Beach Day welcomes you and your entire family for a day of fun in the sun! Please join us at the water for swimming, food, and fellowship. We have beach access mats for wheelchair accessibility, restroom accessibility, and free parking. Stay tuned for details!

*Sunday classrooms and buddies operate as normal throughout the summer.


Sibling hangouts
are designed for typically developing kids who have a sibling with special abilities. The heart and passion behind these events came from Gina’s husband, Dennis, who himself has a sibling with a special ability. In his words:


“Gina and I have been talking and praying about a way to get a group of us together to simply hang out, have fun, make new friends, and share our experiences.  I think it can be helpful to interact with others who know what it’s like to have a brother or sister with special abilities. We decided to start by coordinating some simple, fun events specifically aimed at all of us who have this in common, and we’d like you to come! I’d like to point out that this is not meant to be a “support group,” and that having a sibling with a special ability is a blessing!  It has its challenges and tough days, but speaking from experience I can tell you it also gives a zest to life that most don’t get the chance to experience.”


Please consider joining us for these fun events! If you would like to participate, know of anyone who may be interested in this opportunity, or if you have any ideas for how we could grow in this area, please contact gina.spivey@calvarywestlake.org.


Joy Unleashed
is our special abilities dance, and our first big event of each year! We welcome participants with special needs ages 14-25. Each participant is paired with a trained high school student to be their “date” or “buddy” for the evening. Stay tuned for Joy Unleashed, 2022!

PrayFit 5K/1-Mile Walk-n-Roll
is a premiere Spring event with all participants receiving a finisher’s medal and race t-shirts. All proceeds will benefit Calvary Special Abilities Ministries. The event, located at Calvary Community Church, welcomes all runners, joggers, walkers, and wheelchair athletes. The 5K is on a certified USATF course with official chipped timing. The 1-Mile Walk-n-Roll and Kids Dash is designated as a fun-run without official results. Visit www.prayfit.org.  

Beach Day welcomes you and your entire family for a day of fun in the sun! Please join us at the water for swimming, food, and fellowship. We have beach access mats for wheelchair accessibility, restroom accessibility, and free parking. Stay tuned for details!

Special Abilities Christmas Shoppe (SACS)
is an incredible event that seeks to bless families with brand new, free Christmas gifts! Please consider coming to celebrate the Christmas season with us!

Staff Contacts

Gina Spivey  
Special Abilities Pastor 

Hannah Snoots  
Associate Director, Special Abilities