SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
In Emerge Kids, 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.
In Emerge, we provide a one-on-one buddy system. Each child is matched with a volunteer buddy that stays with them throughout the entire service. We train our volunteers to fully love and meet the unique needs of their buddy to the best of their ability. Our volunteers 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. We hope that by having a buddy system in Emerge, we are able to foster loving relationships between our volunteers and families. This is done by making sure our volunteers are showing their buddy the love of Jesus Christ throughout their time together.
ECCO | Emerge Kids is available at all four weekend services. We provide one-on-one buddies for kids in the nursery, preschool, and elementary classes. If you are interested in getting your child involved with Emerge on the weekends, view our application process by clicking the "Register My Child" tab.
Childcare | If you are interested in attending a development event (Next Class, Following Jesus, Authentic Discipleship, etc.) and would need childcare available for your child with special needs, Emerge volunteers can sometimes be provided with enough preparation and planning time. Please reach out to the Emerge director before attending these events to ensure that we are able to provide an Emerge volunteer for your child.
In Emerge, we have three sensory rooms to provide a safe and comforting space for the child when needed. 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 use these rooms in a thoughtful manner to give each child a space where they feel safe and comfortable while they are at church.
Because Emerge is a one-on-one ministry, our Emerge team must know when your child will be attending service before the weekend. If you are a new family, please take the time to fill out an Emerge Child Application. Once you fill out the initial application, someone from the Emerge team will contact you. The Emerge team will give you more information about how to get plugged in and how to communicate which service you will be attending each week to ensure that your child has an Emerge buddy. Please wait to be contacted by the Emerge team before attending for the first time to make sure they are fully prepared for your child and can support them to the best of their ability.
This process is designed to ensure that your child has the best support and care possible while they are at church. We want you, as the parent, to have peace of mind when you leave your child with Emerge. We want to provide an opportunity where you can attend service, receive rest and respite while getting filled up through worship and teaching, knowing your child is being shown the love of Christ and being cared for intentionally by a volunteer. The goal of Emerge is full inclusion, and we will advocate this for your child as we see what classroom environment is most beneficial for them. If you have any questions about how to get your child plugged in with Emerge, please email
Emerge would not be possible without our team of volunteers. If you are interested in serving with this ministry, please fill out our volunteer application.