Special Blessings

supporting  children, youth, & young adults with exceptional needs & their families within the life of the church. 

The goals of our Special Blessings Ministry are...

1. To continuously find ways to educate the congregation about all types of exceptional needs in order to nurture a loving, caring, and accepting environment for families who have children with exceptional needs.

2. To support (the) children by providing Buddies/mentors for them during children and youth programming.

3. To support (the) parents by sponsoring support group and parent night out opportunities.


We invite you to be a part of Special Blessings at DUMC! Complete the online parent questionnaire at the bottom of this page. Once submitted, you will be contacted about having an interview with two members of our Special Blessings Ministry Team. During this interview, we will explore how we can be in ministry together.  


Youth and adult volunteers serve as Buddies for our children and youth with exceptional needs. Teams are formed upon request and availability. Contact Menita Mercuri if you would like to serve as a Buddy or request a team during a child/youth program or class.


School-aged children who have a sibling with a developmental disability or chronic medical condition are invited for fun, laughter, high-energy games, and talking about the good and not-so-good aspects of having a sibling with special needs. Note: This is a wellness/recreational program, not therapy. This group meets one Monday a month. Cost: $10.00/session. Click here for full details or contact Kellye Slaggert.


Menita Mercuri

Director of Children & Family Ministries



Special Blessings Parent Questionnaire

Parent 1 address:


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Parent 2 address, if different:


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My child enjoys music

My child is prone to seizures

Buddies are not necessarily professionals, but more often youth and adult volunteers. DUMC will attempt to include all children, regardless of needs. However, the Special Blessings Ministry Team will be honest if it is discovered that your child's needs will not be able to be met.

I have reviewed this intake form and verify that the information is correct: