As is said in Psalm 139: 13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fear-fully and wonderfully made.”
Therefore, the Special Needs Ministry accepts and focuses on the unique abilities of each individual child and strives to allow each child to participate in their Sunday School class as well as they are able. It is our goal that everyone working in Children’s Ministry will have a greater understanding and compassion for all children.
Who is a child with special needs: Anyone who struggles to participate in the regular Children’s Ministry program. It could be a child with a physical impairment, developmental delay, autism, sensory issues, ADHD, learning or language deficits, or behavior issues.
What does the ministry look like: Our workers serve as buddies to identified children within the regular Children’s Ministry program.
Here are some of the goals that we seek to practice in this ministry:
1. Always communicate with Parents.
2. Learn as much as we can about the student.
3. Adapt what we know as the students grow and needs change.
4. Be an advocate for the child, help other students, teachers and parents understand their situation
and how best to include them.
5. Incorporate special needs student’s talents. Use and celebrate student’s abilities.
6. Always include special needs students whenever possible; all students will learn more
when that happens.
7. Keep children safe first and foremost by practicing strict safety procedures