Special Needs MinistryLoving people with special needs
IIn the Special Needs Ministry, our goal is to create a safe, loving, and enjoyable environment that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each child. We accomplish this by establishing an ongoing relationship with each student and their family; working together to meet the specific needs of each individual.
Curriculum and 3 Basic TruthsIn Special Needs, your child will learn to apply three main truths
In this program, we follow the preschool curriculum and adapt it to fit the needs of our students.
- God made me.
- God loves me.
- Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
These truths come alive through Bible stories, hands-on activities, crafts, and worship through music. If a child is unable to sit through structured activities, the volunteers will reinforce these truths through play.
In the self-contained class, our volunteers teach about the love of God through play, crafts, story time and music.
Children who are able to participate in the Discovery Village programs with assistance will be paired with a buddy. This is a deliberate process, with a special commitment on the part of the family as well as the Buddy.
Discovery Village Downtown
We have designed the Special Needs rooms to create a positive experience for your child. Our Sensory Room at the Cascade Campus is equipped with a cuddle swing, scooter ramp, couch, body socks, therapy balls, and a multi-sensory bulletin board. All Special Needs environments have a rice box, mini trampoline, puzzles, games, toys, and a couch. A TV/DVD is used for praise and worship, and a U shaped table for story time and crafts.
Our goal is to make the rooms a place where the kids want to be. This makes it fun for the kids, and easier for the parents to attend church.
Pre-registration is required, please contact Carolyn Whittaker .
Eventsmore ways to connect
In addition to Discovery Village during the weekend services, there are several fun events throughout the year for your child to interact in a social setting with their peers and leaders. These include things like a Harvest Party, a Valentines Party and a Summer Pool Party.
Parent Night Out: We understand that having a child with special needs can be personally tiring and put a strain on relationships. Our monthly “Parents’ Night Out” is designed to give parents a well deserved break. Families that are registered in the Special Needs program are encouraged to participate. We care for children with special needs and their non-disabled siblings at the Cascade Campus, while the parents go out for a few hours. The dates vary each month and registration is required.
For more information on any of these events, please email us at email@example.com.