SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
In Emerge, our mission is to make sure every child/student 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/student 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/student 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/student a purposeful experience with Jesus and time for parents to truly rest in God’s presence, knowing their child/student is in a safe and loving environment. If you would like your child/student to be involved in Emerge, click the “Register my Child” tab!
In Emerge, we provide a one-on-one buddy system. Each child/student 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/student’s needs, whether that be in the classroom or in one of our sensory rooms. We provide accommodated lessons according to each child/student’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.
In Emerge, we have 3 sensory rooms to provide a safe and comforting space for the child/student when needed. Some children/students 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/students to regulate their sensory needs. We use these rooms in a thoughtful manner to give each child/student a space where they feel safe and comfortable while they are at church.
If you would like to have your child/student get involved in Emerge, 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/student better. Upon your first visit, we will welcome your family and make sure you get your child/student signed in properly. Then, we will introduce them to your child/student’s volunteer buddy that will be with them throughout the service. You will then be able to leave your child/student with their volunteer buddy and attend service.
This process is designed to match your child/student with a volunteer who can best meet their needs and show them the love of Jesus Christ. During the first few weeks, we will evaluate your child/student’s needs and work on integrating them into the classroom setting. Our biggest priority is to make sure your child/student is safe and well taken care of. We hope that through this, parents have peace of mind that their child/student is taken care of so they can relax and be filled up in our church services.