The FRIENDS class was established in 1999 and is designed to meet the needs of children, teenagers, and adults who have special needs. “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14.

Our Meetings

FRIENDS Bible Fellowship Groups
Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am - A Sunday School class that is designed to meet the needs of children, teenagers, and adults who have special needs. Our goal is to ensure that all individuals experience the love of Jesus.

Sunday Evenings at 5:00pm - 6:30pm - AWANA: Because kids matter to God. We will work on Bible Skills and Drills designed to nurture each child’s faith.

Wednesdays at 6:30pm - Students will have the opportunity to work at their own pace through Bible-based activity centers.

Our Location

The FRIENDS class is located in Building B, Room 105.

The SONshine Center

The SONshine Center is a weekday ministry of The Vale. The purpose of the ministry is to provide a Christian-based day program for adults with special needs that will allow them to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Visit the SONshine Page Here.

If you have any questions about this ministry, we would love to hear from you. You may contact any of our staff members from the staff tab, or you may call the church front office at 972-226-7105.

Our Director

Rosa Minx is the director of the FRIENDS class at The Vale. She was born in San Marcos, Texas on July 12, 1957. She ultimately ended up in Texarkana, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1975. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She completed her Master’s degree in Education in November 1989. August 2009 marked the beginning of her 30th year with the Mesquite ISD where she has served as a Special Education Teacher, Diagnostician, and currently as a Special Education Coordinator.

She did not grow up in a Christian home. However, she had Christian friends that she knew through school. When she was in the 9th grade she was allowed to attend church with one of her girlfriends for almost a year. It was during this time that she became a Christian. In 1982, she married a wonderful man, Johnny Minx. Following their marriage, they joined Bethany Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. That same year, she was asked to help in their Special Needs Sunday School class. She was honored to be asked to do this. In 1984, the class had grown to the point that the class was split into two groups. Once they did this, Johnny, along with others, began to assist her in the new classroom. They continued to serve in this ministry, which included assisting with the Wednesday night special needs Heavenly Handbell Choir, until December 1998.

In January 1999, they transferred their membership to The Vale. In the spring of 1999 they were asked by the Education Director if they would start a special needs Sunday School Class at The Vale. At that time, there were several parents expressing a need for the classroom. She met with them and in the summer of 1999 the “Friends” class was established. The Friends class has grown tremendously since the summer of 1999. Johnny continues to assist Rosa along with many other wonderful people. Without their help the ministry would not be possible. Each of us considers it a blessing to work with our special students. For more information call Rosa at (972) 226-7105 ext. 109

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