SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." -Hebrews 10:24

Our mission is to break down barriers that hinder children with disabilities and their families from being able to fully participate in the community of the church. We will do this by offering a safe, loving environment for all children and youth to come learn about God.


VARIETY OF CLASSES

Our desire is for children and youth to be integrated into a same-age or developmentally-appropriate classroom with materials to enhance their unique abilities.

SCHEDULE 

  • Sunday morning LIFE Groups and Worship Services at 8:30, 9:40, and 11AM

  • Wednesday evening kids classes at 6 - 7PM during the Midweek Worship Service 

MINISTRY SUPPORTS

  • Buddy Assistants and Teachers/Co-teachers who are trained and background-checked

  • Three sensory rooms: therapeutic, dark/lights/music room, swing room

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Nathaniel's Hope Buddy Break program

Upcoming Buddy Break Dates:

October 4, 2019
December 6, 2019
February 7, 2020
March 6, 2020
April 3, 2020
May 8, 2020
September 11, 2020
October 2, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a FREE respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, stories, music activities, and more!  Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members with VIP kids. Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer "Buddy" to participate in that day's activities.

Who are VIP kids?

VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

Who are Buddies?

Buddies are friends of VIPs.


How do I sign up to be a Buddy?

  • First, click the “Sign up to be a Buddy” button on this page.

  • Once you’ve completed the required form, then contact the KidsLife office at 618-632-6223 to complete all necessary church requirements for volunteers working with children.

How do I sign up as a VIP?

First Baptist O'Fallon provides Buddy Break for VIP children ages 2 - 18 years-old and their siblings ages 2 years-old through 6th grade. 

  • Click the button below to complete the secure VIP Family Info Form online.

  • Once registered, click the “FBCO Buddy Break Reservation” button below to reserve your child's spot at our next FBCO Buddy Break event.


Have questions?
Contact our Kids’ Ministry!