Special Needs

Mission statement: “Helping people with special needs and their families know God in meaningful ways and experience the love of Christ.”

Show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, you may be entertaining angels unaware.” Hebrews 13:2

Introduction
One in five Americans has a disability, but you would be surprised how many places of worship are not equipped to welcome everyone. Barriers to a full life of faith can be architectural, communication or attitudinal. Barriers can also be a lack of genuine spiritual access.

It is important that people with disabilities be included in the life of our congregation to enrich our church by what they can offer and by the dimension they can add to the tapestry of our worship. From the moment someone new enters our church community, they need to be welcomed as a person of God with gifts and talents to share. Their unique needs also must be acknowledged, so they too can enjoy full accessibility to the love of Christ.

The vision of Eastview Christian Church is to be a fearless church of Christ-followers whose ridiculous love and dangerous witness are irresistible. An internal part of this is to promote inclusion for all persons and enable them to find their places in the worship, education, fellowship, and ministry at the church. We want to encourage congregational ministry with persons with disability, not just to or for them. We want to work to ensure that all people are incorporated into all aspects of a Christian life.

Services we offer:

  • Sunday service “buddies”
  • Adult Special Needs class on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.
  • Sign Language interpreting in the 8:00 a.m. service
  • Parents’ Night Out
  • Consultation and training for volunteers
  • Self-contained classroom/Sensory room if needed

First Visit?
If you are bringing your child with special needs to Kidsview for the first time, please print and fill out this Tapestry Child Form with specific instructions to help us understand how to best care for your child.

Buddy Booklet
Baby Kidsview Social Story
Little Kidsview Social Story
Big Kidsview Social Story
Volunteer Application Website

For more information, contact Kristi Probst at kprobst@eastviewcc.org or call (309) 287-4158.

Autism VBS

We host an annual Community-wide VBS for children with Autism and their siblings each summer.  Watch for 2015 dates late spring. Sample registration forms below give some feel for the type of event it is.