Special Needs Ministry

It is our desire to support and accept all individuals willingly and enthusiastically. At Countryside, we are striving to include individuals living with a disability and their families in all aspects of our Worship services. We are now offering the following programs for parents/caregivers of children and adults living with a disability as well as the child/adult themselves.

rEcess & Sibshops

 

rEcess is engaging kids with special needs. 

rEcess is a monthly respite program provided for children with special-needs. We long to serve families within our own community. Volunteers provide one-to-one attention for children with special needs. Siblings are also invited to participate in the "sibling track" which provides them with their own exciting activities.

The program allows parents a night off so they can do whatever they want or need. Our volunteers strive to get to know the families and look forward to these times.

rEcess provides a starting point for building communities of support around these families, allows volunteers an opportunity to learn and love and, honestly, it's just a lot of fun.

rEcess is staffed by a licensed medical professional as well as trained volunteers from throughout the community.

If you would like to sign up your child for rEcess please contact: [email protected].  Prior consent must be given by the Director and Medical Professional before any child can attend. 

Sibling Track 

Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.

Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Sibshops at Countryside is staffed by a certified facilitator as well as trained volunteers.

rEcess and Sibshops are initiatives of www.99balloons.org and www.siblingsupport.com


Sidekicks


   

A 1 to 1 buddy program consisting of volunteers who shadow adults and children in need of an extra hand for their age-appropriate activities. The activities include Children’s Church, Sunday School,  AWANA and all adult programs.  We offer a fully staffed sensory room during both our Sunday School and Worship Services.