Special needs ministry
The Buddy Program
Providing one-on-one care to children with special needs and creating opportunities for parents to take a breather while their children are cared for in a supportive and safe environment.
Each Sunday, children with special needs are paired with a trained buddy who will guide and support them during the service. Children with special needs worship and learn with kids in their age group. If a child becomes uncomfortable, our buddies will often provide him or her with an alternative activity or a break.
Advance scheduling is necessary to assure adequate staffing to provide one-to-one care. If you have a child with special needs and would like them to be placed on our waiting list, please register your child and we will get you started.
Once we receive your registration, we will contact you to schedule in a meet and greet. They will be placed with a buddy who will care and support them. Buddies are available for our morning service.
Occasionally our buddies have experience working with special needs children or adults, but often this is not the case. We do provide some basic training BUT since you know your child best, we rely upon you to help the buddies learn how to best care for your child.
At LifeHouse, we acknowledge that disability not only affects a single child, but the entire family.
Our vision is to:
- Train volunteers to give children the opportunity to learn about God’s love and purpose for their life
- Give each child an opportunity to feel supported and a sense of belonging
- Give parents reassurance that their child is safe to allow parents to participate and volunteer in church
- Create opportunities for parents to have a break from on-going care giving responsibilities while their children are being cared for in a safe and loving environment
Your child is our top priority. Each child has a security sticker with a matching parent sticker, which must be shown prior to picking up your child. In addition there are strict policies on background checks, bathroom policies, and multiple adults in every room.