GT Church believes that everyone should have the opportunity to attend church with their families. Our Inclusion Ministry works to remove obstacles that might stand in the way of this opportunity. We believe in ministering to those with special needs in the least restrictive environment.

At GT, we value families and feel that all people can thrive given the opportunity to worship and learn alongside their peers.

We believe that three things are vital to an individual’s and community’s spiritual life: Worship, Teaching, and Relationships. GT seeks to o­ffer everyone the opportunity to worship, to hear engaging and relevant messages and Bible stories, and spend time in small groups with their peers. From Crossroads Kids Ministry to Real Life Student Ministries, our programs incorporate these three things in an age-appropriate setting for school-aged children and students.

3 TYPES OF SUPPORT | For Crossroads Kidz Ministry & Real Life Student Ministry

1. Support “buddies” in each environment to provide extra help.

2. One-on-one buddies for those who need individual attention.

3. The Clubhouse: a calm, sensory friendly classroom designed for students who benefit from a smaller, less stimulating classroom due to the nature of their needs.

LEVEL OF SUPPORT

We ask parents to complete a Parent Questionnaire, which is kept confidential and reviewed by Inclusion Ministry staff. The questionnaire allows us to get to know your child better and helps us build relationships with them. The Inclusion Ministry Coordinator and coaches then observe the student and use this information to determine the best type of support for students.

THE BUDDY SYSTEM

Our Inclusion “buddies” are trained volunteers who are assigned to a student to serve as classroom support. Buddies are continuously supported by Inclusion Ministry coaches and staff who have experience working with students with special needs.

MORE INFO & SUPPORT

For more information about Inclusion Ministry or to get info about support groups, parent workshops, and respite events, email specialneeds@gtaog.org.