OUR MISSION STATEMENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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