SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
In Emerge, our mission is to make sure every child has an opportunity to hear the Gospel and feel the love of Christ. We use a one-on-one buddy system to ensure that each child is immersed in an inclusive environment with the comfort of a buddy to walk with them throughout each of our weekend services. Our goal is to meet each child where they are and provide them with the services they need to understand the Gospel at their level. We started this ministry to give each child a purposeful experience with Jesus and time for parents to truly rest in God’s presence, knowing their child is in a safe and loving environment. If you would like your child to have a buddy, click the “Get a Buddy” tab!
In Emerge, we provide a one-on-one buddy system for everyone. Each child is matched with his or her own buddy to serve his or her needs in the best possible way. Our buddies attend to each child’s needs, whether that be in the classroom or in one of our sensory rooms. We provide accommodated lessons according to each child’s learning needs. Many of our buddies have professional training and practice as professionals in the community, including Speech therapists, Occupational therapists, Special Educators, and Registered Behavior Technicians. We aim to build a relationship between buddies and families by showing every child the love of Jesus Christ.
In EMERGE, we have a sensory room to provide sensory integration when children are in need. Some children may be sensitive to lights or loud noises or may just need a break from the crowd, and the sensory room is a safe place for these children to regulate their sensory needs. We provide sensory tools like a trampoline, a ball pit, noise cancelling headphones, projectors, water beads, weighted lap pads, swings, and tools for deep pressure including a “Cozy Canoe” and a “Sensory sleeve.” We use these tools in a thoughtful manner to give each child the best and most calming experience we can.
If you would like to have a buddy (trained volunteer) matched with your child, we ask that you fill out our EMERGE Student form. At that point, an Emerge team lead will call you and set up a tour for your family. You will be asked to fill out an “All About Me” sheet so that we can get to know your child better. If it would be more comforting to you and/or your child, you are more than welcome to stay with your child during their first service. The following week, we will provide a buddy to accompany your child during service (but parents are always welcome!)
This process is designed to match your child with a buddy who can best meet their needs and show them the love of Jesus Christ. During the first few weeks, we will evaluate your child’s needs and work on integrating them into the classroom setting. We want to enable and empower parents to have peace of mind that their families are taken care of so they can relax and be filled up in our church services.
If you would like to get a buddy for your child or student, click here!