East Texas

October 25, 2024

Mobberly Baptist Church
625 E Loop 281 • Longview, TX

This retreat is for individuals aged 12 and older with cognitive or intellectual disabilities, their parents and chaperones, and church leaders.

This retreat is made possible by your gifts to the Cooperative Program, Mary Hill Davis Offering, and Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.

Special Entertainment for Special Friends

Bible study and crafts.

Special Features for Parents & Caregivers

Led by Daniel Moreno, Joni & Friends

Program Personalities

  • Worship Speakers – Scott Schulik and Analisa Hood, Mobberly Baptist Church


Registration Fee (includes lunch, snacks, and a t-shirt)
$25 per person

A firm deadline for registrations is September 11, 2024.
After September 11, 2024, registration fee increases to $35 per person.

Registration is coming soon!

Medical Release Form

Online registration must be completed and submitted by September 11, 2024.
Invoices will be sent for your church after September 11, 2024 and you can pay online or by check.

A medical release form must be completed for each participant and will be available for download.  Medical release forms can be scanned and emailed to sarah.johnson[at]texasbaptists.org or mailed to the address below.

Make checks payable to Texas Baptists and send to:

Texas Baptists
Attn: Finance & Accounting
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1100
Dallas 75231-2310


A limited number of partial scholarships are available. The scholarships include lunch and snacks. Please email Sarah Johnson at sarah.johnson[at]texasbaptists.org to request a scholarship form.

Background Checks and Abuse Awareness Training

In order to protect our campers and everyone who attends the Special Friends Retreat, all leaders, caregivers, parents, sponsors, and chaperones will be required to complete a background check and sexual abuse prevention training through MinistrySafe. Background checks and training must be renewed each year. Background check and training costs will be covered by Texas Baptists. Because background checks can take an extended amount of time in some areas, please send a list of all leaders, caregivers, parents, sponsors, and chaperones, including email addresses, to sarah.johnson[at]texasbaptists.org by August 26, 2024.

All background check forms must be submitted no later than September 23, 2024. If a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone does not submit their background check information by this date, they will be unable to participate in the retreat. Similarly, if a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone does not meet Texas Baptists standards on their background check, they will be unable to participate in the retreat this year or in subsequent years. For more information on what may disqualify a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone, please email jennifer.howington[at]texasbaptists.org.


Sarah Johnson
Childhood Ministry Program Coordinator/Ministry Assistant, Discipleship

(214) 828-5205