Individuals with special needs are encouraged to be a part of all ministries that Evergreen has to offer. To assist in this, we will work to meet each individual’s needs in collaboration with the Special Needs Ministry Team, trained volunteers, parents or guardians of the individual, and the individual him or herself. We desire the full participation of each individual in our congregation in order to meet Evergreen’s vision of becoming passionate followers of Jesus.

Smaller Classrooms

A smaller classroom setting with more individualized support is available for children ages 4 through 2nd grade. Children may be placed in this classroom after assessing with the team that this is the best place for them to learn and grow. Similar aged peers will also be in this classroom to foster inclusion and friendship.

Guided Breaks

If needed, a child may take a break from the group. The break may include a walk, getting a drink, or other activities. Specific ideas will be listed per child in their individual plan.

Learning Aids

Individuals may use learning aids to help them focus during ministry. These may include but are not limited to fidget-type gadgets, sensory bags, large print materials, etc. These can be used in the small group and/or large group.


An individual may be assigned a buddy to aid them in their time in ministry. This individual will stay with the individual and assist them as needed.

Sensory Room

Our Sensory Room is located in the Willow Room. This space is available at anytime for individuals who may need it.

Quiet Worship Room

Located just outside the auditorium, this space is available for anyone who may need a quieter place to worship.

Sensory Cabinet

Located in the Quiet Worship Room, this cabinet has materials that may be helpful for some to better experience the worship services.

Additional Programs at Evergreen

Young Life Capernaum

This program, meeting twice a month during the school year, gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities.” You can add to that sentence that it is available for students ages 13-26.


Andrea Walters, Eastern Ottawa YL Capernaum Staff

Buddy Break

Buddy Break is a once a month respite program for families of VIPs (children with special needs). Families are encouraged to bring their children for three hours to our program with trained volunteers to give them a much needed break.

Sign your children up at nathanielshope.org/buddybreak.

Testimony from a volunteer, Mary:

“I’ve been involved in the special needs ministry at EGM for a year and a half. It has been been such a blessing. Once a month, I have the privilege of spending my Sunday morning in the classroom with a 4 year old boy with special needs. Watching my little buddy go from tears at drop off to fully participating in worship and classroom activities has been absolutely amazing. It’s hard to describe the joy it brings me knowing that our team contributed to making church a happy and safe place for him. I’m so thankful to be a part of this ministry.”

Testimony from a parent, Torie:

“The special needs ministry at EGM has given our entire family a chance to worship together. It’s let my son see church as a safe place and therefore it has strengthened his faith forever.”


Tiffany J. Louzon, Special Needs Ministry Coordinator
616-669-7700 | tiffany@egm.org
Office Hours-Tuesdays 9-3