FUSION is the special needs ministry at Good Shepherd. Our mission is to reach and serve families impacted by special needs and create an environment for them to discover and embrace a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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Special Needs Support In Children and Student Ministries
Our goal is for all children and students to be able to successfully participate in all ministries with their peers. Based on each child’s individual needs, we provide:
- One-on-one buddies
- Coordination with staff and small group leaders
- Accommodations (visual schedules, fidgets, etc.)
These supports are available in all children and student ministry opportunities and special events. If you have any questions, please click the "Email Leader" button below.
Register for children's ministry activities on the main children's ministry page
Registration for student ministry activities coming soon.
Special Needs Leaders Buddies
We have several opportunities for leaders to serve within FUSION. If you have a passion for children with special needs and are interested in partnering with us, please contact us.
Respite Care Buddy Break
Buddy Break is a monthly, respite opportunity for children with special needs and their siblings provided at no charge. At Buddy Break, all children are intentionally paired up one-on-one with a trained buddy. We play games, do projects, play in the gym, and have a lot of fun—all while parents and caregivers get a well-deserved break.
This program is sponsored by Nathaniel’s Hope
, a national organization that supports Buddy Breaks in churches. After registering on their website, families have the opportunity to take their children to any Buddy Break—whether local or while out of town on vacation!
Family Worship Events Next: Illusionist Clayton Poland
All of our family ministries work together to create a worship experience geared towards the ENTIRE family (parents, kids, teens and grandparents, too). In addition to the service, family worship events may include an optional meal, encouraging fellowship time with our community. Watch for details on upcoming events.
Purpose/Vision of Family Worship:
Connect families in community to engage in activities that foster a heart posture toward God in everyday life.
Back-to-School Family Worship, including annual Blessing of the Backpacks:
Saturday, August 25, 4pm worship, 5pm optional dinner
Featuring illusionist Clayton Poland! The reality of God’s love will be revealed in an exciting and creative way that everyone can connect with and remember. Includes music, scripture, and Good Shepherd’s annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Stay for dinner ($5 per person, maximum $15 per family, pay at the door). Register HERE.
- Ash Wednesday
- Summertime Family Worship
- Back-to-School Worship
- ADVENT Night
Dates and details will be posted as events are coming up.