Special Needs

special needs ministry

Vision

This ministry exist to connect children with disabilities into the life and community of Northside Christian Church. We believe each 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.

ABOUT OUR BUDDY SYSTEM

In Kidside, we provide a one-on-one buddy system. Each child is matched with a leader from our Inclusion Team that stays with them throughout the entire service. We train our leaders to fully love and meet the unique needs of their buddy to the best of their ability.

Our leaders attend to each child’s needs, whether that be in the classroom or in our sensory room. We hope that by having a buddy system in Kidside, we are able to foster loving relationships between our leaders and families. This is done by making sure our leaders are showing their buddy the love of Jesus Christ throughout their time together. 

WHAT WE OFFER

Our Inclusion Team is currently available for our Sunday services at 9:45am and 11:30am. We provide one-on-one buddies for kids in the early childhood, preschool, and elementary classes. If you are interested in getting your child involved with the Special Needs Ministry on the weekends, complete our application process by clicking the “Child Intake Form” button.  

SENSORY ROOM

We have one sensory room 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. This classroom is a safe place for your child 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 here at church.  

REGISTER YOUR CHILD

Because our Special Needs Ministry is a one-on-one ministry, our Inclusion team must know when your child will be attending service before the weekend. If you are a new Special Needs family, please take the time to fill out a Child Intake Form.

Child Intake Form

Once you fill out the application, someone from our Inclusion team will contact you. The leader will give you more information about what to expect and how to communicate which service you will be attending each week to ensure your child has a buddy. Please wait to be contacted by the Inclusion 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.

** At the current time, we do not offer buddies during the 5pm service. 

join the inclusion team

This ministry would not exist without our team of volunteers. If you are interested in serving with our Inclusion team, please visit our ServeFinder. Because of this unique demographic serving role, there is an minimum age of 16 years old. 

ServeFinder

Contact

If you have any questions, you can contact Tonya Truong at ttruong@mynorthside.com