Planting Hope

About Planting Hope

Planting Hope is a faith-based support program for families of children with special needs and/or medical needs regardless of diagnosis. We share the struggles, joys, and victories of special needs life and find strength in Christ for our unexpected journeys.

Planting Hope and Special Needs at Trinity are all about connection! We seek to connect special needs families to -

  • Each other
  • Community resources
  • The Kaleidoscope special needs class at Trinity’s Hammond Campus, Sundays 10:45am
  • Membership, groups, programs, and events at Trinity
  • Jesus Christ, our ultimate source of hope and strength!

Planting Hope events include moms’ meetups and Bible studies, family socials, inclusive opportunities at Trinity, etc. For information about current and upcoming Planting Hope events, use the contact info below or visit the Special Needs at Trinity Facebook page



October 2023

Sunday, October 29-  Trunk or Treat 5-7pm, All Campuses

January 2024

Sunday, January 14 -  Mom’s Night Out

Saturday, January 27 - Tentative Special Needs Family Social, late afternoon/early evening


Sunday, May 12- Mom’s Night Out 5pm


Sunday, November 12- Mom’s Night Out 5pm

February / March

Sunday evenings/Tuesday mornings, tentative special needs moms “Even If” 6-week Bible Study

June / July

Tentative Special Needs Mom’s Retreat

Tentative Special Needs at Trinity Hangouts – bowling, etc

Sunday, July 21st Mom’s Night Out 5pm


Friday, December 8 -  Mom’s Meetup 10:30am

December 23 & 24 - Christmas at Trinity Services, kid friendly with refreshments, Santa, etc


Saturday, April 13 - Tentative Special Needs Family Social, late afternoon/early evening

Thursday, April 25 - Mom’s Meetup 10:30am


Tuesday, August 20 - Mom’s Meetup 10:30am

What to Expect

  • A warm, inviting atmosphere
  • Camaraderie and friendship
  • An opportunity to share if you’d like
  • Small-group discussion
  • Application of God’s Word to our lives
  • Prayer with and for one another
  • Dinner and dessert. Please bring a dish to share if possible.


Trinity Baptist Church
The Plaza, Next Step Room



Susanna Zekas
904.891.7175 Call or text

Susanna Zekas leads the Planting Hope / Special Needs at Trinity program. She and her husband Larry have been married for 27 years. They have three sons Larson (22), Andrew (20), and Wesley (14). Larson is a brain aneurysm/stroke/TBI survivor who lives with left-sided impairment (hemiparesis), short term memory impairment, a VP shunt, and a baclofen pump. Andrew has level one autism spectrum disorder. Wesley was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Susanna’s background is in secondary education. She taught computer and math classes for 14 years before stepping away from teaching to be able to care for Larson’s ongoing medical and educational needs. Susanna has a passion for ministering to special needs families. She has been involved in Trinity’s Kaleidoscope class for children and teens with special needs for the past 12 years and currently serves as the ministry director. She began the Planting Hope group at Trinity in 2016 to reach out to special needs moms. The ministry has expanded to include events for moms as well as the entire family.


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” –II Corinthians 1:3-4

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” –Romans 12:15