Special Needs

Special Needs Vacation Bible School

Special Needs VBS runs from June 17-21, 2019. Please register by June 10th. Registration for returning participants, new participants, and volunteers is below! Please contact Robin Palzewicz at rpalz217@gmail.com with any questions.

Returning Participant Registration

New Participant Registration

Volunteer Registration

Educational Hour

Offering school-aged Sunday School, Confirmation, and Adult Study (individual support offered in mainstream Sunday School classes).

  • September through May, Room 1029

  • Sundays, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Sign language interpretation available Sundays in the Sanctuary during the 9:15 am service

  • Assistive listening devices available, ask ushers when attending services

Friendship Circle Bible Study for Adults

Join our Friendship Circle Bible Study for Adults on Thursdays, 9:00 am to 10:00 am, Room 166. Sign language interpretation included.

Buddy Break

When a loved one has special needs, it’s important to find the right accommodations to enable them to get involved and participate in the things they enjoy. Here at HCL, we have a number of resources, events, and activities that are tailored to meet your loved one at their point of need and ensure they are able to enjoy worship and the ministries they choose to get involved in. Buddy Break is a free monthly respite program for families of kids and young adults with special needs. It is offered Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.


Jan. 20 Yee Haw! Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!
Feb. 17 How Sweet it is to be Loved by You!
Mar. 17 March Madness
Apr. 14 He is Risen! Easter Party
May 19 Family Fishing Derby with the M.A. Dailey Foundation (off-site)
Jun. 17-21 Special Needs VBS Week (No June Buddy Break)
July 21 Want to Build? I Noah Guy!
Aug. 18 Zoofari
Sept. 15 Indian Summer
Oct. 20 Fall Costume Party
Nov. 17 Let Your Light Shine! VIP Talent Show
Dec. 15 Christmas Celebration

To register, visit www.BuddyBreak.org or call 414-529-6700, or email BuddyBreak@hcl.org. For more information about Buddy Break, click here.

VIP’s (Individuals with special needs and their siblings)

  • Identify Hales Corners Lutheran Church as your location.

  • Complete the secure VIP Family Info Form online

  • Call to reserve your space at a VIP orientation (required). This allows the Buddies to meet you and your children and gives you a chance to see Buddy Break before you begin participating. Orientation is held monthly during the Buddy Break Session.

Buddies (Volunteers)

  • Identify HCLC as your location

  • Call to register for a two hour Buddy Training 101 class (14 years and older)

Volunteer Opportunities

Won't you consider being a part of this wonderful movement to support our community's special needs population? Buddy Break is a monthly respite program for families with children with Special Needs. The biggest need is 1-on-1 volunteers, but help is needed in other areas, such as set up and clean up, and help in activity rooms (music room, game room, craft room, gym, Imagination Station, STEM room), and prayer partners. You don't need to commit to helping every month - you can come as you are able.

  • Educational Hour-instructors, assistants

  • Vacation Bible School

  • Plan activities in one of the activity rooms

  • Prayer Partners

  • Administrative Tasks

  • Buddies for Buddy Break or weekly Sunday School

For more information or to get registered, you can also email us at buddybreak@hcl.org. A training is held on the first Sunday of every month. Our upcoming training dates: Apr. 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1.