Buddy Program

Rest and renewal to families of children with special needs by providing one-to-one attention and creating opportunities for parents to take a breather while their children are cared for.

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Kidzburgh Buddy Program

In Kidzburgh, children with special needs are paired with a trained volunteer who will guide and support them during the service. Children with special needs worship and learn with kids in their age group. If a child becomes uncomfortable, our volunteers will often provide him or her with an alternative activity or a break such as a walk in the hallway or to the gym.  

We train volunteers to emphasize the following biblical teachings as they interact with children: 

  • You were created in the image of God.  
  • You were created purposefully and intentionally.  
  • God loves and accepts you.  
  • We (your church) love and accept you.  
  • God has a purpose for your life.  
  • All children are part of the Kidzburgh community.

Advance scheduling is necessary to assure adequate staffing to provide one-to-one care. If you have a child with special needs and would like them to participate in the Kidzburgh Buddy Program, please contact us and we will get you started.

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Our Strategy

The Buddy Program supports families of children with special needs through:
  • Weekly one-to-one support in Kidzburgh while parents attend a worship service.  
  • Occasional family-based events with the purpose of care, encouragement and support.  
  • Recruiting and training volunteers who have a heart for serving children and families.

Our Vision

The Buddy Program is designed to:

  • Give children the opportunity to experience God's love through relationships and learning.
  • Care for children with special needs through one-to-one support.
  • Integrate children with special needs into the community.
  • Provide volunteers who can engage the attention of a child with special needs.
  • Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a developmentally appropriate way.
  • Allow parents to participate in worship services while their children participate in Kidzburgh.
  • Create opportunities for parents to have free time while their children are cared for in a loving environment.

 

Safe and Secure

Safety is always a top priority. It begins with environments that are safe and sanitized on a weekly basis. Each child has a numbered security badge with a matching parent badge, which must be shown prior to picking up your child. There is a very clear process for emergency procedures. In addition, there are strict policies on background checks, bathroom procedures, and multiple adults in every room.  

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