We will work to create an environment that is welcoming and safe for ALL of God’s children – regardless of special needs and disabilities. We will seek to give these children access to the opportunities that other members of our church family enjoy. We will also strive to be a support system and a haven for those who care for loved ones with special needs and disabilities, by building relationships with them, and working to meet the needs of their specific situations. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will use creativity, flexibility, and experience of others, in order to make PCTR a place that feels like home, and where these families can come and grow in their faith each week.
- Worship & Church School – We provide additional assistance in Worship and Church School at each worship service. This could be as simple as providing additional information to the Church School staff/teacher or may be more involved, such as having sign language interpreters or a one-on-one “buddy” assigned specifically to assist a child and his/her family each week. We have creating a monitored “sensory space” where children and their buddies can go if the classroom setting becomes overwhelming for them.
- Teen/Young Adult Fun Night (2nd Friday of the month @ 6:30) – PCTR facilitates social gatherings on a monthly basis for teens/young adults with special needs or disabilities. The evening consists of pizza, activities, (i.e. games, movies, etc.) and the opportunity for fellowship and relationship-building. This also allows parents the rare opportunity to have a bit of time to themselves.
- Parents Support Group (4th Thursday of the month @ 7:00) – This provides an opportunity for those raising children with special needs/disabilities to share the weight of their struggles, and gain strength and encouragement from others walking through similar situations. Note: Child care is provided at these meetings.
To sign up complete our online form below or contact Michael Barozzie at [email protected] or 732-349-1331, ext 226.
For more information about the Special Needs Ministry here at PCTR contact Michael Barozzie, Director of Children’s Ministry at [email protected] or 732-349-1331 x 226.