Buddy Ministry Offerings:
Buddies will be provided twice
during the Sunday Morning Worship. The first pairing will be during Sunday
School. Your child will be mainstreamed into our already existing classes
and the buddy will help them navigate the various aspects of Sunday School.
There will be sensory items located in each classroom to be used as needed. As
a last resort, there will also be a safe “quiet room” for buddies to take your
child if the need arises. Please understand that our goal is to not babysit
your child while you attend Sunday School – our goal is to teach your child
about Jesus Christ.
The other option on Sunday will
be during Worship. We want you to Worship together as a family. We
understand as a Church that there may be added noise during Worship and that’s
OK. However, for children through the ages of 2nd grade, there is Children’s
Church that children attend following the Children’s Sermon in Worship.
We will provide buddies for your children during Children’s Church. We
encourage you to Worship as a family in the Sanctuary up until that time.
If your child is older than 2nd grade, we are
going to offer a quiet room that we will staff (it may not be a 1-1 buddy ratio
in this room) when needed. The quiet room will have a TV with a live feed to
the Service. For those children in attendance, we will attempt to teach them
about the various aspects of Worship. However, we will also have puzzles, and other
sensory items, to provide your child a safe place to Worship while you and the
remainder of your family Worship in the Sanctuary. This is not something we
want to offer as a first option: however, we realize that some Sunday’s it may
not be viable for your child to remain in Worship and during those times and we
want to provide an option for them.
We have a weekly Wednesday
night program during the School year known as Foundations for the Family.
During this time we have a meal followed by a time of Teaching. We will provide
buddies following the meal during the time of teaching from
6:30pm-7:15pm. These buddies will operate on Wednesday nights just as they do
on Sunday mornings.
Buddies and Their Training
Each trained buddy will serve 2
Sunday’s/Wednesdays a month. Due to this rotation, your child will be paired
with 2 buddies. While these buddies will rotate, in a perfect world scenario,
they will be devoted only to your child. The buddies have been trained by the
staff at Joni and Friends (www.joniandfriends.org). They have also completed
First ARP training and have had background