Fellowship Kids (our weekend program) embraces every child and especially those who need a little extra care. Our Buddy Ministry makes it possible for these children to participate in activities according to their own potential. They are a part of our Fellowship Kids classes and experience God's love and compassion through their buddy. Students are paired with a trained volunteer, or "buddy," during class time.
If you are a first-time guest and you have a student or young adult visiting Buddy Ministry (ages 2-11) on Sunday morning or Lift (ages 12-25), please fill out the First Visit form to help expedite the check-in process on Sunday morning.
Children (birth - 6th grade) who need extra assistance will be matched with a “Buddy,” a specially-trained volunteer who will get to know you and your child personally and provide needed assistance in class. Our goal is for you and your child to experience faith-filled, authentic inclusion.
If you are interested in requesting a Buddy:
- Contact our Buddy Coordinator, Kristin Davis
(615-277-9565 or ).
- Set up a meeting time to be oriented to our Buddy process.
- Develop a personal care plan for your Buddy to follow.
We will then begin the process of matching a Buddy to your child. We desire to have a God-inspired match between the two, so this may take some time.
This gathering is designed for students with special needs (7th grade - young adult age). Lift meets at 9:35am in the small house on our campus called “The Spot”. This weekly class includes music, a Bible lesson, crafts, prayer time and games presented in a way that the students can apply biblical truths to their lives.
Ways to Serve
Fellowship Special Needs Ministry is always looking for great volunteers to assist in our programs. There are a variety of ways to serve and training is provided.
What Makes A Good Buddy?
- A student or adult with a servant's heart
- Someone with a passion for children with special needs
- A college student interested in pursuing studies in working with children
- A person who can serve weekly on Sundays (9:35am or 11:10am)
- Someone with a flexible mindset
A Buddy helps children birth - 6th grade who need extra assistance in their class on Sunday mornings
A Helper sets up the classroom and facilitates activities for the 9:35am class on Sunday mornings
A Friend is a high schooler who engages with their peers with special needs on Sunday mornings
If you're still unsure of how you can serve, please feel free to contact our Special Needs Ministry Director, Kristin Davis (615-277-9565; ).