Special Needs

Special Needs

Special Needs

Faithful Friends & Faithful Friends Jr. are Parkside's ministries purposefully designed for children and young adults with special needs. There are also many opportunities to serve. 

Faithful Friends, Jr. (Ages 5-15) 

Sundays at 9:45am & 11:15am, Rm A115

We want Parkside Church to be a great place where your child can know Christ's love, have fun, and enjoy a safe place. If you’re a family with special needs, you’ll find our ministry to be supportive and caring.

Due to staffing and safety requirements for special needs ministry, we ask new families to register in advance before visiting. Please follow the steps below. 

  1. Please read, fill out, and return the Faithful Friends Jr. Registration before placing your child in the ministry. You can email the completed form to Renee Pecek (440.708.2113) or turn it in to the church office so that we can plan for your child's specific needs, assure adequate staffing, and prepare any specific materials needed for your child.
  2. For your child's first week(s), we ask that one parent attends WITH your child. This way you can observe firsthand what your child will be doing, interact with the classroom teachers and helps, and offer helpful input about how we can best care for your child.
  3. After the initial week(s) in the classroom, our team will confirm with you about leaving your child and attending worship. We'll talk about ways we can page you if necessary on a Sunday morning. 

You can also find out more about when and where we meet on our about section

 

Faithful Friends (Teens-Young Adults) 

Sundays at 9:45-11:00am, Rm A117

Faithful Friends is our special needs ministry for older youth and adults. We pray that you will know the love of Christ in real ways as we care for your loved one. 

  1. Please read, fill out, and return the Faithful Friends Registration before attending our special needs class. You can email the completed form to Renee Pecek (440.708.2113) or turn it in to the church office so that we can plan for each person's unique needs.
  2. Parents/caregivers are asked to attend class one or two weeks BEFORE their family member with special needs attends. This helps us all discern whether or not we are able to effectively minister to your family while continuing to meet the needs of those currently in the ministry.
  3. Parents/caregivers are then asked to attend class for two weeks with their family member with special needs to help with the adjustment to class.

You can also find out more about when and where we meet on our about section

Recent Blog Posts

  • Special Needs Volunteers Needed

    Will you consider joining our Special Needs Ministry this year? 
    We are praying that God would provide 10 volunteers for our most immediate need in Faithful Friends, Jr. Experience working in special needs is not required, although it is a plus. On-the-job-training is provided. If you are interested in serving, in learning more, or have questions, please contact Julie.

  • Faithful Friends Class: Summer Schedule 2019

    During the months of July and August, Faithful Friends will be on summer break, but don't miss a special event in July!

  • Easter Sunday Updates

    On Easter Sunday, April 21, we will have an amended schedule for Children's Ministry and our Faithful Friends class (adults special needs).

Coordinators

Renee Pecek