Special Needs Ministry

The Presbyterian Church of Toms River and our Special Needs Ministry is passionate about creating an environment that is welcoming and safe for ALL of God’s children – regardless of special needs and disabilities.  We seek to give children of our church and in our community access to the opportunities that other members of our church family enjoy.

We also strive to be a support system and a haven for those who care for loved ones with special needs and disabilities, by building relationships with them, and working to meet the needs of their specific situations.  Some of the things which are currently provided are:

  • Providing additional assistance in Worship and Church School each Sunday at the 10:30 service. This could be as simple as providing additional information to the Church School staff/teacher or may be more involved, such as having a one-on-one “buddy” assigned specifically to assist a child and his/her family each week.
  • A monitored “sensory space” where our friends can go with their parents or one-on-ones if the church service or church school setting becomes overwhelming for them.
  • Monthly social gatherings for teens and young adults with special needs or disabilities. These include food, games, and lots of planned fun activities.
  • Monthly Support Group for parents/guardians of children with special needs

 If you would like more information on our Special Needs Ministry or to sign your child up for our activities/programs, you can do so at https://pctr.org/ministries/special-needs-ministry/.  Or, please feel free to contact Michael Barozzie at [email protected] and he would love to chat with you about your specific situation!

We pray that your family will consider coming and being a part of our church family!  Regardless of your situation and circumstances, there is a place for you here at PCTR!

To sign up complete our online form below or contact Michael.


For more information about the Special Needs Ministry here at PCTR contact Michael Barozzie, Director of Children’s Ministry at [email protected] or 732-349-1331 x 226.