Who we are

New Friends is a Christian-based friendship network connecting young adults in high school and college with families of children with special needs. We encourage you to come and experience the love and acceptance extended to all who participate in New Friends. 

1 John 4:11 (NIV)
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.


Our purpose

OUR PURPOSE ---  Our goal at New Friends is to share the love of Jesus and build relationships by focusing on our abilities, not our disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy!



  Check out the calendar and plan which events you would like to attend.

Be sure to save the dates for the Jesus Cares Ministries Special Church Services.
On the second Monday of the month, Jesus Cares Worship Services are held at our Immanuel Lutheran Church (916 Pine St, Manitowoc). Jesus Cares Bible Study and on the third Monday of the month, Jesus Cares Bible Study.

Check out Immanuel’s calendar here.


Get involved

Manitowoc Lutheran High School is blessed to be the founding high school for the New Friends program. In 2010 the first gathering took place in a park and was attended by three families. Throughout its history, New Friends has been blessed with nearly 60 families, along with a large number of teen volunteers.  This year some thirty MLHS teens expressed interest in mentoring special needs individuals. It is our hope and prayer that all participants be positively affected by the Word of God we share and by the fellowship and uplifting atmosphere shared at each event. In addition to our monthly events, listed on our calendar, many New Friends members also participate in other community events and organizations such as the Lakeshore Special Needs Prom, Special Olympics, ADD, Helping Hands and the Miracle League.

If you think New Friends sounds like something you might want to be a part of, or if you know of someone who might like to attend one of our upcoming events, go to our "Calendar" to see when our next event is. 

We would love to add you to our growing family!

Psalm 128:1
How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!


NEW FRIENDS CALENDAR OF EVENTS for 2017-2108 School Year
(subject to change)

SUN/SEPT 10 // Walk For Friendship / YMCA & Mariners Trail / 1 pm to 3 pm  
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc

SUN/OCT 8 // Bowling / Meadow Lanes West / 1 pm to 3 pm
3701 Meadow Lane / Manitowoc -
Click here for the flyer!
SUN/NOV 12 // Games, Crafts, Swimming / Manitowoc YMCA / 1 pm to 3 pm
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc
All New Friends participants & MLHS teen mentors are invited to visit with a guest police officer who will share the responsibilities of his or her job, take questions and even show the inside of his/her police vehicle. There will also be a Thanksgiving crafts, games and snacks available. 

SUN/DEC 3 // Christmas At Sinawa / Camp Sinawa / 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Meet at VALDER'S Piggly Wiggly / 441 S. Calumet Dr (Hwy 151) / Valders
We will gather together at the VALDERS Piggly Wiggly parking lot at approximately 3:45 pm so we can board a bus which will transport us to Camp Sinawa at approximately 4:00 pm. We will take a return bus back to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot at approximately 6:00 pm. More information will follow soon. The entrance fee for this event will be covered, however, you may wish to bring some money so you can purchase something tasty to eat & drink.

SUN/JAN 14 // Sledding / Manitowoc Lutheran High School / 1 pm to 3 pm
4045 Lancer Circle / Manitowoc
SUN/FEB 11 // Ice Skating / Manitowoc Ice Center / Expo Grounds / 1 pm to 3 pm
5100 Vista Road / Manitowoc
SUN/MAR 18 // Music & Dancing / Manitowoc YMCA / Studio Y / 1 pm to 3 pm
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc
SUN/APL 8 // Seeds of Kindness / Manitowoc YMCA / Studio Y / 1 pm to 3 pm
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc

SUN/MAY 20 // Baseball / Miracles Park Goodwill Field of Dreams / 1 pm to 3 pm
1840 S. 35th Street / Manitowoc

Your New Friends are waiting for you!

Contact Pastor Meissner today!

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