Crestwood Baptist Church is in the process of developing a ministry with individuals who have special needs. We hope to expand our volunteer base as we become aware of individual needs. Our goal is to provide one-on-one assistance to individuals with special needs based on the availability of the volunteers.
An open line of communication is vital to help individuals with special needs have a positive experience at Crestwood Baptist Church. It is important that we have contact information (cell phone number) while the individuals with special needs are in attendance so we may be able to reach the appropriate contact persons when needed.
We currently do not offer a separate special needs class. Instead, we utilize volunteers to work closely with the individual with special needs in a mainstream setting. We encourage individuals with special needs to attend the same church service/ministry program each week. This allows consistency with volunteers.
In order to provide the best care for individuals with special needs, we prefer to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the parent/guardian and/or the individual with special needs prior to participation in the ministry program. During the meeting we ask that the parent/guardian complete a questionnaire to help us get to know the individual with special needs.
Special Needs Ministry Guidelines for Children’s Ministry
(children age 11 and under)
The following guidelines have been put together for the safety, security, and well being of children with special needs at our church. Our goal is to work with parents/guardians to meet the needs of each child within the following guidelines:
- We request that a parent or guardian remain with the child on the first day of class until we have assigned a volunteer. This will provide a smoother transition and make each child feel at ease.
- Parents agree to share pertinent information with regard to their child’s special needs. The information will be made available to volunteers for the purpose of meeting the needs of the child.
- We encourage that parents bring their child to the same church service/ministry program each week. This allows consistency with volunteers.
- Parents agree to provide their cell phone number to the Children’s Ministry while their child is in attendance. If notified, parents agree to check on their child promptly and determine the next steps accordingly.