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.


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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 2018-2019 School Year
(subject to change)

SUN SEPT 9 // Walk For Friendship & Luncheon / Manitowoc YMCA / 1 pm to 3 pm              
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc

SUN OCT 14 // Bowling / Meadow Lanes West / 1 pm to 3 pm
3701 Meadow Lane / Manitowoc

SUN NOV 11 // Games, Thanksgiving Craft, Music / Manitowoc YMCA / 1 pm to 3 pm                  
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc

SUN DEC 2 // Christmas At Sinawa / Camp Sinawa / 4 pm to 7 pm                                                        
Meet At Valder’s Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot / 441 S. Calumet Dr (Hwy 151 ) / Valders

SUN JAN 13 // Sledding & Tubing / Manitowoc Lutheran High School / 1 pm to 3 pm
4045 Lancer Circle / Manitowoc

SUN FEB 10 // Ice Skating / Manitowoc Ice Center / Expo Grounds  / 1 pm to 3 pm                             
5100 Vista Road / Manitowoc

SUN MAR 17 // Music & Dancing / Manitowoc YMCA / 1 pm to 3 pm
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc

SUN APR 14 // Planting Seeds of Kindness / Manitowoc YMCA / 1 pm to 3 pm  
205 Maritime Dr / Manitowoc


Your New Friends are waiting for you!

Contact Pastor Meissner today!

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