Champions Special Need Ministry

Mission Statement

  • Champions purpose is to encourage and equip children with disabilities and their families in their walk with Christ by breaking down barriers that keep them from being able to participate in the community of the church.

 

Champions Goals

  • To show families of children with special needs that we believe that each child is a unique creation of God.
  • To reach out to the community and provide a safe and loving environment where children with special needs can be well cared for so that parents/guardians may worship and learn.
  • To nurture each child’s individual skills and abilities while learning about the Christian faith.
  • To provide an opportunity for children with special needs to learn about God’s love in a way that is accessible to them.

 

Core Values:

  • Every person bears the image of God, is unconditionally loved and given purpose by Him.
  • The gospel demands our compassion and respect to all who live with any form of spiritual or physical brokenness.
  • People with special needs have families with special needs.
  • People with disabilities should be an integral part of the Body of Christ.
  •    No mental, physical or spiritual condition is exempt from the transforming power of the Gospel!

Come join us as we share the love of Jesus in word and deed to children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Special Buddies

A special buddy is someone 9th grade or older who can be a child's advocate while he/she is at church.


If you feel God leading you to this ministry please download and complete the Buddy Program Application or pick up a printed copy at the Welcome Desk and return to the Welcome Desk completed. Once returned,  Kayla Collins, Champions Ministry Coordinator, will review the application and meet with you. If approved, you will then have to complete the Ministry Safe trainings and background checks.

FAQs for parents

Who is the Champions program intended for?

Any child with developmental or medical disabilities is appropriate for this program.   The Champions Ministry is primarily provided so that parents/guardians may attend service and feel their children are being well cared for.


What does the church provide?

If your child’s disability is such that he/she is unable to benefit from participating in a traditional Sunday school small group, he/she may spend the service time in the sensory room.  The sensory room will provide:

  • Sensory input and special learning components
  • A calm place to decompress from any participation he/she is able to participate in
  • Modified lessons comparable to those taught in the traditional classroom. 

 

If your child is able to be integrated, he/she may be paired with an aide or “buddy” and attend an age-appropriate Sunday school small group.

 

What is not provided by the church?

  • Therapy
  • Behavioral modification programs (but will follow through with programs in place as able based on parental guidance and tools provided to us).
  • Medical intervention (only in emergency situations.)

What are some examples of diagnoses, which may be appropriate for this ministry?

Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Developmental Delay, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, and Down’s syndrome are just a few examples.


How do I enroll my child in Special Needs Ministry?

The first step is to contact Kayla Collins, Champions Ministry Coordinator, at (478)733-9559. Kayla will set up an initial meeting and interview time for you, so that you may be able to express your child’s needs and the placement for your child.  It is very important that you contact her before your first planned Sunday in the program, so that she can make arrangements and be able to provide your child with the support that he/she needs.


What if I need to miss a Sunday service?

All we ask is that you call/text Kayla as soon as you know you will not be attending to let her know.  If it is last minute, please call before 8:30am on Sunday morning.  This will allow her to make other plans in advance.