At Bayside Chapel, when we say that "our mission is to bring glory to God by leading people into fruitful relationships with Jesus Christ," we mean all people. It is to this end that we have Wonderfully Made, which is what we call our ministry to those with special needs. It is the desire of this ministry to serve individuals with special needs and their families, in order that they will experience the love of Jesus and excel to their greatest potential.
Wonderfully Made meets regularly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Underground at Bayside Chapel. During this meeting, we create a safe and welcoming environment where the group spends some time singing, playing games in the gym, coloring, doing karaoke, and more! We even have movie nights once a month. Have more questions? Check out the FAQ below.
Night to Shine
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night each year, more than 540 churches from around the world come together to host this event for approximately 90,000 honored guests. Bayside Chapel is privileged to be one of these churches!
Check out the video below from our most recent Night to Shine event.
- We have over 30 guests with special needs attending every week.
- Our volunteer team is made up of both parents and professional workers in the field.
- We are recommended by local chapters of Easter Seals, the ARC, and Manahawkin Elks Club.
- We have been featured on television and in local newspapers.
- Our team will do whatever it takes to make you and your family feel comfortable.
- Our team has regular education and training from local professionals and from one of our ministry partners, Joni and Friends.
Frequently asked questions
What ages can participate?
We welcome people of all ages with special needs.
What does it cost?
Wonderfully Made is completely free! There are occasional outings (such as Blue Claws games and Horseback riding) that come with small fees, but we have scholarships available for these outings for families who can't afford them.
Do I have to attend Bayside Chapel?
No, you do not. Though we really would love to see you at one of our Sunday morning services!
Do you have anything for the parents?
During our Thursday evening group time, we have a respite room set up with coffee and light refreshments available for the parents. This allows them the opportunity to rest, connect with other parents, and meet members of our team.
Do I need to register?
You are welcome to pre-register by completing the form HERE, or you can register when you arrive.
We aren't religious. Is that ok?
We welcome everyone from every kind of background. You don't need to attend church and you don't need to consider yourself religious. However, please understand that there is a Bible-based lesson at each meeting, as well as leaders making themselves available to pray with any students who desire it.