Making Children’s Church accessible for kids with additional needs, including Autism, ADHD, and Down Syndrome.
In KATSJ, we recognize that the energetic, activity-oriented environment of our Children’s Church does not necessarily cater to the needs of all the children in our community. There are many who struggle with sensory overload, communication challenges (verbally or socially), developmental delays, and difficulty focusing for extended periods of time, among other things.
KATSJ Plus offers an environment where children with special needs, diagnosed and undiagnosed, can have the structure, peace, and freedom to experience church on their terms. We place a high value on individualized attention and strive to maintain a 1:1 volunteer/child ratio in the classroom. All of our KATSJ Plus volunteers are thoroughly vetted and have received special training to work with kids with special needs.
In order to maintain our environment and a high level of individual attention, we limit the number of children in each classroom to no more than 5 at a time.
KATSJ Plus is available for children ages 3 to 12 years old.
In order for your child to participate in KATSJ Plus, you’re asked to fill out a “Child Intake” form. This helps us understand the specific needs of your child and care for them accordingly. You’re able to book a place for your child each week online. Spots are reserved on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
KATSJ Plus is scheduled to officially launch in March of 2021.
We’re always looking for volunteers to serve as a buddy, as a classroom assistant, or on our first impressions team. If you are interested in serving in Katsj Plus, please fill out the following form and a team leader will get in touch with you within 72 hours.