SPECIAL NEEDS

This program will return soon! If you have a child with special needs and are interested in attending Crossroads,
email ckmfriends@crossroads.cc to begin the process of partnering together.

If you have a child with special needs and are interested in attending Crossroads, email ckmfriends@crossroads.cc to begin the process of partnering together.

CKM Friends will return soon!

One way we are partnering with families at Crossroads is to acknowledge that everyone belongs here, including our families who have children with special needs. We want each child to come to church knowing they have a friend to go to church with, accept them for who they are and keep them safe. We want parents to know that they have a friend too, someone that they can communicate with and face challenges with.

CKM Friends is a ministry that breaks down barriers for children with special needs, allowing them to participate fully in Kid Min (Toddler-5th grade) alongside their peers. We accomplish this by pairing each child with his/her own “friend”. Our friends are trained to know and meet each child’s needs to make worship accessible for children of all abilities. This ministry allows families to attend adult worship and build community while feeling confident that their child’s needs are being met. It is our desire to come alongside individuals and families with special needs so that they are welcomed and included in the services and programs at Crossroads.

We will work with each family individually to provide the appropriate level of assistance needed for each child so that they can learn about Jesus in a safe and loving environment.

KidMin FAQ’s

Check in opens at 9:15 am for the 9:30 am services, 10:45 am for the 11:00 am service. We recommend getting there before the service begins so your child can get acclimated with his or her room and Small Group Leaders before their class goes to Large Group.

When you arrive, go to the Kids Ministry check in area. A team of helpful volunteers will greet you at the desk. You will fill out a guest registration form and they will enter you into our secure database.

Please notify us of ANY and ALL allergies, medical or behavioral special needs so we can best help your children. For your convenience, we provide Goldfish and/or Gluten-Free Fruit Snacks in classrooms of toddler ages and above. Allergies will be placed on your child’s printed name tag, but please also notify the Small Group Leader.

Children who have shown signs of fever, vomiting, or other contagious illnesses should be symptom-and fever-free for 24 hours before coming to their age appropriate environment.

Your child will receive a name tag with a unique set of numbers and letters at the bottom that matches a corresponding parent tag. Your parent tag will allow you access to the KidMin hallway and is matched with your child’s name tag to ensure safety. All KidMin Volunteers are carefully trained and background checked before serving in your child’s classroom.

Your child will be placed in an age appropriate Small Group with carefully trained and background checked Small Group Leaders. By attending the same hour each week your child will make friends and have the same Small Group Leaders and group of children in their room.

If your child is in diapers or bottle feeding, please bring a bag with these items labeled with your child’s name. If your child will be bringing their own snack, make sure it is labeled and notify your child’s Small Group Leader of any allergies.  Please keep all toys safe by leaving them at home.

Your child’s unique set of numbers from their name tag and on your parent tag will be displayed on the screen in the Worship Center

Everything we teach in KidMin Preschool are centered on 3 key truths; God made me, God loves me and Jesus wants to be my friend forever.   In KidMin Elementary we teach according to 3 key truths:  I need to make the WISE Choice, I can TRUST God no matter what, I should treat OTHERS the way I want to be treated.

The Parent Cue is a resource created to help you engage in conversations with your child during the week about what they are learning on Sunday mornings! Each month, it will include a summary of what they are learning and provide conversation starters for you to have while you’re driving, playing, and going through your everyday routine.