Special Needs

We believe every individual is precious to God and made for a purpose. That’s why we seek to fully include individuals with special needs in our church family. Our goal is to include all children in their peer classroom, nurturing their faith, while also providing a Special Needs Room for those who need a break or their own space.
We use a buddy system for all kids with disabilities. To provide the best care we can, we encourage this process:

1. Meeting with a parent to learn about your child’s unique needs and develop a strategy to help him or her succeed
2. Creating a notebook for each child containing emergency contact information, specific challenges your child faces, and strategies for success
3. Assigning a small team (two-three volunteers) who get to know your child and serve as a buddy each time you’re at church. These buddies assist your child in class, help with activities, and give your child breaks if needed. Buddies write their own notes in the notebook, so everyone is up-to-date on challenges and successes.

Respite Night

We know that having a child with special needs is challenging for both parents and siblings. During Respite Night, trained workers take care of all your children while you enjoy an evening out. Respite Night usually occurs on the second Saturday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m.

A typical Respite Night includes:

Dinner
Age-graded groups so your child will be with peers
Gross motor games to get the kids moving and having fun
Fine motor crafts and sensory activities to celebrate the current season
Participatory music sessions
Time with a therapy dog
Movie and snack to end the evening

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Alison Kelisek. If you’d like to volunteer to help with Respite Night, please complete this form.

First Friday for Moms

First Friday for Moms provides community and support for women raising children with special needs. Join us on the First Friday of the month (September-May) from 9:30 to 11 am as we discuss a variety of topics geared toward raising children with special needs.

For more information on First Friday for Moms or to learn more about our programs for children with special needs, contact Alison Kelisek.