We believe that everyone was created in the image of God, on purpose and for a purpose. (Genesis 1:26-27 “…So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”) We believe that we are all essential to the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:14-17). We desire to reach and share Christ’s love and good news with all people, no matter their individual needs.
One way we seek to minister to children affected by disability, or those who face unique challenges in our worship environment, is by ensuring that they are not only included in all that we do in our Kid Ministry, but that they truly belong. To accomplish this, at a minimum, we partner with families to:
- Include children with disabilities within their peers in the classroom. We provide a buddy for children that need an “extra” friend or support person in KidMin.
- Nurture their faith just like all the children for whom we are blessed to provide care; and
- Provide a sensory room for those who need a break or their own space at any time. We recognize that children can have a range of sensory, behavioral, or other challenges, and therefore seek to individualize our approach to helping them overcome these challenges. The sensory room can serve as a calming and effective tool for this purpose.
We encourage caregivers to complete our “Buddy Ministry Intake Form”. We will then work with the caregiver(s) to pair a buddy who will get to know you and your child to best care for their needs here at Gateway Church.
We cannot provide therapy, behavioral modification programs, or medical recommendations, however, but we are happy to discuss partnering with your child’s existing home and community-based support and service workers at KidMin. We are excited to serve your family and look forward to hearing from you!