On a recent visit to Woodstock City Church in Atlanta, I was able to get a behind the scenes tour of their room for kids with special needs. The staff person in the room was super helpful and explained how their program works. Here are some pics from my visit to their campus.
Food Allergies are common in children. Kids Ministry should be a place where kids are safe & details such as food allergies are important. When I was at Crossroads Church they told me about their system when it comes to Food Allergies.
Crossroads has a room for kids with special needs. This room is available for children who would benefit from a quieter space. Displayed on the wall in this room was a sign language poster. Many children are able to communicate through sign language, and this poster was a great tool for volunteers who many not use sign language on a regular basis.
When I was at CPC2014 in Orlando I had the opportunity to meet Sergio Cariello. He is the guy who illustrated The Action Bible. He has also done work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He has illustrated the Action Bible in a comic book style. The pages of this Bible are glossy. Because of the style and texture of this book, it makes for an excellent Bible for kids with Autism.
When children come to our church with unique challenges, I want to do everything I can to help them learn and grow just like the rest of the kids. If our Sunday morning program doesn’t work for their learning needs, then we need to adapt the way in which we teach them. We have a ministry called Special Friends. It’s a volunteer role for one-on-one ministry. The same volunteer spends time with the same child each week.