Friday Night Fun (FNF) is a free respite program that always lives up to its name. Participants choose between recreation in the gym, crafts, table games, and activities like Wii, Karaoke and Bingo. The evening closes with Bible skits, singing and prayer. If this is your STAR's first visit to Friday Night Fun, we request a parent or guardian stay with their STAR for the evening.

Who is invited: Adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ages 15 and older)
When: One Friday each month (October-April) from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Commons Hall
RSVP required: Register online by the Wednesday prior to FNF so that we can be adequately staffed
Contact: Ian Smith, Ministry Associate for STARS - Respite


Buddy Break (BB) is a free respite program provided by College Church in partnership with Nathaniel's Hope Buddy Break. Kids with special needs and their siblings make new friends and enjoy all kinds of activities while their caregivers get a break.

The first hour includes group activities in the Gym, snacks from home and puppet Bible stories.  During the second hour, kids can choose from four different stations/rooms: music activities, table top games/puzzles/crafts, large motor skill physical games (ie. beach balls) and a quiet sensory room.

Every child with special needs has their own buddy for the evening.

Who is invited: Children with special needs (ages 2-14) and their siblings (ages 2-12)
When: One Friday each month (October-April) from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Commons Building
What to bring: A nut-free snack for your child
RSVP required: Register online by the Sunday prior to BB so we can be adequately staffed
Contact: Shelley Swanson, Ministry Associate for Young Families and Inclusion