Buddy Ministry

Our Buddy Ministry is dedicated to children
that require special needs support in KidLife

Parents and Guardians can attend church while knowing that their child is being well cared for, loved and pointed toward Jesus! The Buddy Ministry happens during our 11:15AM service.

What is the Buddy Ministry?

The Buddy Ministry is a special needs ministry designed to help your child dive into a Christ-centered L.I.F.E in a way that is fun and supportive to them. “Special needs” is a very broad term and every situation is unique. The Buddy Ministry always strives to be flexible, creative, and patient with a special needs child and their family, knowing they have great qualities and have endured many challenges. Our hope is to partner with the family and provide specific care for every child that helps them to learn and grow in our KidLife environments!

Does my child belong in this ministry?

These are just a few examples of a child who may be in need of a buddy: Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Severe or Extreme Behaviors, Separation Anxiety, and Down Syndrome, among others. If you have specific questions regarding the needs of your child, please contact kidlife@clflife.com.

How does the Buddy Ministry work?

Our goal is to include each child in our KidLife services as much as is possible and tolerable for them. A Buddy will be assigned and trained to assist your child when needed, allowing them to be independent when appropriate and also to provide breaks for your child when necessary.

Each child will be treated individually and modifications to curriculum, crafts, worship, etc. will be made according to your child’s interests, abilities and tolerance. If your child’s disability is such that they are unable to benefit from participating in a traditional KidLife classroom, accommodations will be made to provide a space and activities that are appropriate for them.

Any medications your child may need due to their special need must be given by the parent/guardian and not the Buddy in KidLife.

How do I enroll my child in the Buddy Ministry?

Complete the Buddy Ministry Registration Form below. You may also pick up a physical copy of the registration form and brochure in KidLife this Sunday at any of the check-in stations. We would love to meet your family personally!
It is very important that you enroll before your child’s first planned Sunday in KidLife so that we can make arrangements and set up an initial interview with you to provide your child with the support that they need. 
When filling out the Registration Form, please provide all appropriate information so that we are able to best serve your child and your family. If there are any special food/drinks/snacks, diapers/wipes and comfort items for your child, please provide those when they begin attending KidLife. Once we have received your form, The Buddy Ministry Coordinator will set up an initial meeting and interview with you to hear your child’s needs and discuss the best placement for them.