Special Needs Ministry

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What is just as i am?

Just As I Am is our NEW Special Needs Ministry at Life Church! It is open to children of all ages who have developmental or physical disabilities. Any child who meets this criteria can be enrolled.

what do we provide?

Just As I Am exists so that parents and guardians can attend our worship services and be confident that their child is being loved and cared for appropriately. Each child in the program is paired with an aide, or "buddy," and attends an integrated, age-appropriate Sunday school class.

what do we not provide?

Just As I am does not provide:

  • Therapy
  • Behavioral modification programs
  • Medical intervention

what are some diagnoses that are considered "special needs"?

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down's Syndrome
  • We feel that children with ADD/ADHD can be served without the need of a "buddy."

how do i enroll my child in just as i am?

  • Parents who are interested in Just As I Am must first fill out a registration form.
  • Then, you will schedule a brief meeting with Coordinator Nicci Johnson so you can express your child's needs, and we can determine the best placement for him or her. This meeting can take place on a Sunday morning before your child is placed with a buddy, or scheduled ahead of time on a Wednesday evening.
  • If Nicci is not available, you may also meet with Christy Morley.

what if i need to miss a sunday service?

Please contact Nicci or your child's "buddy" as soon as you know you will not be attending.

For more information about Just As I Am or to enroll in the program, contact Nicci Johnson at Contact Form Page.

 

Upcoming Events

Feb 21 6:30p
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Financial Peace University
This class will help you get your finances in order and learn things like how to get out of debt, live by a budget, and save for retirement. Contact: Brock Parks (brockparks@live.com) or use KEYWORD: FPU on your Connection Card. Location: Room 101. Length: 9 Sessions
Feb 21 7p
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Element Live - 7th through 12th grade
Element Live is for kids in 7th - 12th grades. Great time of hanging out, eating dinner, game time and learning truths from God's word that can be applied to every day living.
Feb 21 6:30p
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The 21st Century Family - Marriage Class
Marriages never stand still. You’re either growing together or growing apart. Attend this class to learn how to love, respect, and communicate with your spouse better. Contact: Brad Courtney (bcourt9048@gmail.com) or use KEYWORD: MARRIAGE on your Connection Card. Location: Element Building. Length: 6 Sessions
Feb 21 6:30p
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Evangelism Basics
With Easter just around the corner you’ll have the opportunity to catch up with friends, family, and neighbors, many of whom don’t yet know Christ as their Lord and Savior. Now’s a great time to get some practical tools under your belt to present the Gospel and your testimony. Contact: Tim Schlung (tim.schlung@yourlifechurch.org) or use KEYWORD: EVANGELISM on your Connection Card. Location: Room 106. Length: 1 Session
Feb 21 6:30p
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Preparedness Peace
Disaster can strike at anytime leaving you in shock and ill-equipped to handle the days that follow. No one ever expects it to happen to them. This class will help you and your family be physically and spiritually prepared for unexpected disastrous events. The topics of this class include: Why Prepare, Teamwork and the Power of a Plan, How to be Water Wise and Food Sense, Power Alley, Having a Safe Home, About Grab & Go Bags, and Establishing Home Security. Contact: Kristen Adams (ADRN@yourlifechurch.org) or use KEYWORD: PEACE on your Connection Card. Location: Fusion 56 Building. Length: 6 Sessions
Feb 22 6:30p
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Celebrate Recovery
Do you struggle with anger, shame, depression, loneliness, guilt, abuse, abortion, addiction, lust, pornography, gambling, being an adult child of an alcoholic/drug addict, eating disorders, grief, or other similar issues? do you have family members who struggle with these issues? If so, Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for you to find freedom, home, and healing. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: CR Program Leader, Greg Graham at cr.gramz@gmail.com
Feb 23 9:30a
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Mom2Mom
Mom2Mom exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. Mom2Mom is not only for Christian women, however. Our group encourages ANY mom with children of ANY age (from newborn to adult!) to be a part of an environment where people listen, encourage and offer true friendship. Oh....and have a ton of fun along the way! We get together for uninterrupted conversation while our kids are being lovingly cared for by approved childcare providers. You could say it's a playgroup for MOMS! For more information contact Lynsey Surrell (mom2mom@yourlifechurch.org).
Feb 24 8:45a
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CPR / First Aid / AEO Class
Participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies.  The program teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until EMT or advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.  Students who successfully complete course time and demonstrate skills will receive a certificate for Standard First Aid with CPR/AED. Contact: Kristen Adams (ADRN@yourlifechurch.org) or use KEYWORD: CPR on your Connection Card. Location: Worship Center. Length: 1 Session
Feb 28 7p
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Element Live - 7th through 12th grade
Element Live is for kids in 7th - 12th grades. Great time of hanging out, eating dinner, game time and learning truths from God's word that can be applied to every day living.
Feb 28 6:30p
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Financial Peace University
This class will help you get your finances in order and learn things like how to get out of debt, live by a budget, and save for retirement. Contact: Brock Parks (brockparks@live.com) or use KEYWORD: FPU on your Connection Card. Location: Room 101. Length: 9 Sessions

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