Special Needs Ministry

The Buddy Program

Providing one-on-one care to children with special needs and creating opportunities for parents to take a breather while their children are cared for in a supportive and safe environment.

Each Sunday at 10:00am, children with special needs are paired with a trained buddy 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 buddies will often provide him or her with an alternative activity or a break.

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 be placed on our waiting list, please register your child and we will get you started.

What happens next?

Once we receive your registration, we will contact you to schedule in a meet and greet. They will be placed with a buddy who will care and support them. Buddies are available for 10:00am services.

Is the volunteer partner trained?

Occasionally our buddies have experience working with special needs children or adults, but often this is not the case. We do provide some basic training BUT since you know your child best, we rely upon you to help the buddies learn how to best care for your child.

At LifeHouse, we acknowledge that disability not only affects a single child, but the entire family.

Our vision is to

  • Train volunteers to give children the opportunity to learn about God’s love and purpose for their life
  • Give each child an opportunity to feel supported and a sense of belonging
  • Give parents reassurance that their child is safe to allow parents to participate and volunteer in church
  • Create opportunities for parents to have a break from on-going care giving responsibilities while their children are being cared for in a safe and loving environment

Your child is our top priority. Each child has a security sticker with a matching parent sticker, which must be shown prior to picking up your child. In addition there are strict policies on background checks, bathroom policies, and multiple adults in every room.

First Friday of every month, parents with special needs kids can drop ALL of their children off for 3 hours of much needed time to refresh and reconnect. We will care for your kids in a structured and fun environment. Parents will meet together for lifegroup, dinner, a movie, or other recreational activities.

For more information please contact Lyndon and Brea Wesley here



Future Aspirations

Sensory room and teaching room

Special needs is rising at an alarming rate. For many children with special needs the world can be a scary and frightening place, full of over- or under-stimulation. By implementing a sensory room and a full scope Christian developmental curriculum for special needs, we can reach children who have sensory needs and utilise sensory learning as a teaching approach. Our goal will be to deliver a program that would meet the developmental needs of children spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Introducing Hollie

Hollie has a heart to serve families with special needs children. After completing her Bachelor of Psychological Science and learning about developmental disabilities, she knew she wanted to work in the field of disability.

Hollie works in a unique program that assists and supports young people who have a disability to develop work readiness skills and build capacity to independently participate in their community. Here she has seen the benefits of genuine partnership with the individual and their family and how that can reap significant and positive changes in their life.

It would be Hollies privilege and passion to serve children with a wide variety of special needs, including Autism, Aspergers, Down syndrome, and ADHD.

Hollie Anne Prior Special Needs Ministry LifeHouse Church