Zephaniah 3:17 says, “God will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Caring, trained volunteers come alongside kids with various special needs, ages birth-grade 5, so they may participate and enjoy God and others to their fullest potential within weekend kids’ programming.
Types of Assistance
Each Eagle Brook Church location offers two primary types of assistance within the Early Childhood (Kid-O-Deo) and Elementary (Elevate) ministries for kids with special needs:
- Room Assistant
A Room Assistant is scheduled for each service in the larger group settings (Preschool/Kindergarten and Grades 1-5) to support the teacher by specifically overseeing kids who may need basic help with attention, sensory needs, redirection or social interaction. They relate with the kids and are available to interact with parents at pick-up.
- Side-by-Side Volunteer
For a child who would benefit from a one-on-one volunteer based on higher physical, developmental or behavioral needs, Side-by-Side (SBS) volunteers are uniquely matched up with interested families. A SBS volunteer works with the family directly and will meet the child for the service to be present with him/her from start to finish, creatively plotting best practices for inclusion. (Ideally, two SBS volunteers will be assigned per one child, alternating serving weeks.)
Key Areas of Focus
- Demonstrate God's great delight for the child and family with every interaction.
- Help create safe, calming environments and transitions that put the child at ease to participate.
- Celebrate each child's unique strengths to help them enjoy worship, learning and friendships.
Some examples of diagnoses which may be appropriate for special needs assistance include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Developmental Delay, Muscular Dystrophy, ADD, Cancer and Down syndrome.
If you have a child with any special needs, please read our parent/child guidelines, then fill out the special needs questionnaire so we may be aware of their unique information, or follow-up with next steps should a volunteer be requested to help.