The Special Needs ministry of First Baptist Jenks seeks to minister to children and young adults with identified special needs while parents attend Small Group, Worship, or serve within the church. It is our desire to provide a safe, loving, Christ-centered environment for individuals with special needs to learn God’s word.
“The body is a unit though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. Now the body is not made up on one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment…But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-14, 21-27
What to Expect
We currently offer Special Needs Ministry support on Sunday mornings from 9:45am to noon through either Inclusion with a Buddy (see info below) or the Special Connections Class. Click here for a link to our Special Needs Plan. We ask families help us with the following:
- Print and complete a Special Needs Ministry Family Questionnaire and bring it with you on your first visit. Inform the Director of any changes as they develop.
- Provide a current contact number upon each visit.
- Remain with the child until child/ student is settled with the teacher.
- If contacted, agree to check on their child as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to accommodate; parents may be asked to pick up child in extreme situations.
What is a Special Needs Buddy?
A person willing to “buddy” with a special needs child/student during their time at church. Buddy received training and provides appropriate level of assistance to the child.
Can I be a Buddy?
- Must be a member of First Baptist Jenks and complete a background check if over 18 years of age.
- Commit to training provided by First Baptist Jenks.
- Be consistent, dedicated, punctual, and dependable. Families and children depend upon their Buddy to help them have a positive church experience.
- Maintain confidentiality. A buddy may witness behaviors and issues that are to be kept private between the family and the Director. Respect the privacy of the child and their family.
- Avoid giving advice. Report questions/ concerns to the Director. A Buddy’s role is to love, nurture, protect, and guide.
- Be understanding, compassionate, patient, and flexible. Things WILL happen that will be outside the typical child/ student’s behavior. See the child through God’s eyes as part of the body of Christ.
Contact the Church Office for more information, 918-299-6323.