All kids, regardless of ability, should feel welcome at church and be able to participate in any program that interests them. Some of these kids need a little extra help and attention in order to do so.
Many of us were apprehensive about talking to people with any kind of disability–not knowing what to say or how to act, or in some cases, whether we could even understand what they are saying. Then, Judie Otcheck-Inman impressed us with her energy, commitment, and belief that these kids can do anything with the right support.
Judie has four wonderful kids, two of whom have special needs. Judie taught us that these kids are not much different than any other children. They want to be loved, they love to play, and most importantly, they are eager to learn about God. She helped us to get to know some amazing kids, and they have truly enriched our lives.
Unfortunately, Judie passed away in 2006, but she left behind some ordinary people who want to make a difference in the life of some very special kids. Most of us have no formal training or experience, just a desire to learn more and love to share.
What do we mean by special?
Typically, special needs is a term used to describe people with challenges often associated with a disability such as but not limited to . . .
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders
- Pervasive developmental delays/autism
- Mood/anxiety disorders
- Developmental disabilities
- Physical handicaps
- Learning disabilities
- Sensory integration disorder
- Emotional disturbances
- And more
The goal of the Special Kids Ministry is to welcome ALL kids into the various programs offered at our church. We can provide a buddy for all church programming, such as day camp, vacation bible school, music camp, confirmation, and various youth activities.
FUMC Allen needs your help to expand our Special Kids Ministry. We need more teen and adult volunteers who can commit one or more hours a month to change the life of a special needs child or teen. Our TreeHouse Room provides an assistant for each child/teen to allow them to integrate into a regular Sunday school classroom or spend time in the TreeHouse Room itself. At APT G, we pair up one teen volunteer with each APT G guest. We also invite parents to attend any of our ministry meetings to learn more about the program and provide your valued input and support.
To learn more about APT G volunteer opportunities, contact Rev. Maxie Moore.
To learn more about helping us out in the TreeHouse Room, contact Susanne Means.