Our Mission: To help the ministries of King of Glory include, support and accommodate so all may serve, worship and share God’s love in our community
In Ministry Together of King of Glory was formed in 2014 as an advisory committee to Congregation Council. Our focus is to provide opportunities for families with special needs to fellowship and worship in a safe environment. We provide ways for members and guests to communicate needs to reduce those barriers that would prevent active participation in the church’s life, all while encouraging our faith community to grow in knowledge and inclusion of all God’s children.
Sanctuary Sensory Room
The Sensory Room” is an extension of our sanctuary where members and guests can go during worship and still see and hear the service. This is a safe place to retreat to when participating in group worship, with all the noise and movement, becomes overwhelming. The Sensory Room allows those with differences, such as ADHD or autism, who cannot remain seated for long periods of time quietly or silently, to participate in worship without disturbing those around them. This room has two doors for entering and exiting, one into the sanctuary for communion and one into the narthex. We offer comfortable seating for families and a large picture window so families can remain a part of the King of Glory Community.
The Buddy Ministry is a program within Children’s Ministry for children with learning differences. With the help of a buddy, these children can fully participate in a typical Sunday school class.
What are the qualities of a Buddy?
- Ready to learn the unique needs of students in order to integrate them into the classroom.
- Willing to accommodate the unique needs of each student.
- Displays integrity and sensitivity to private information.
- Readiness to see God at work.
- See beyond the disability.
What will a Buddy do?
- Help the student with crafts and activities that might be beyond their motor skills
- Explain concepts/lessons in other ways.
- Be a friend to the student-someone that he or she looks forward to seeing each week.
Worship and Classroom Resources
A fidget is a small object that can be squeezed, pulled, or moved around as the child sits and listens to the teacher or participates in worship.
Children naturally move their bodies, which is why sitting still can be a challenge. It becomes an even bigger challenge for children who struggle with ADD, ADHD, or who are on the autism spectrum. Using a fidget can be a great way to allow the child to move and stay focused.
Visual schedules in the classroom lessen stress in children by showing them exactly what activities are planned for class time and the order in which they will be doing these activities (e.g., understanding that "a special snack" is coming, but after "art time").
A seat cushion that improves children’s posture and focus at the same time. It has a bumpy side and a smooth, so a child can choose the type of tactile input they need.
A Sensory Cushion provides active seating along with tactile input. It encourages children to wiggle, while still improving focus. It also helps them to stay in place. They’re great for children with ADHD and sensory processing issues.
King of Glory is proud to partner with H.E.R.O.E.S., a year round continuing education program for young adults with special needs. For more information about H.E.R.O.E.S. please visit their website at www.heroesdfw.org
In Ministry Together Team