- Sunday School
Sundays at 9:45 am
A safe and loving environment for children, youth, and young adults with special abilities/ needs to hear the gospel in an individualized, unique way that is full of meaning for each one as well as to provide a place of belonging and acceptance.
- Worship Service Care
Sundays at 11:00 am
During our Sunday morning worship service, we provide care and learning within a safe and loving environment for children, youth, and young adults with special abilities and/or needs to hear the gospel in an individualized, unique way.
- Sunday Nights
Seasonal (4-6 weeks during Spring, Summer, and Fall) at 5:00 pm
During our seasonal, Sunday night service, we provide care and learning within a safe and loving environment for children, youth, and young adults with special abilities and/or needs to hear the gospel in an individualized, unique way.
- Wednesday Nights
August-May | 6:00 pm
Volunteers in The Harbor minister to our special needs children during weekend worship services through singing with the children, telling stories and teaching the truth of God's Word. They check in kids, lead classrooms, provide assistance to classroom teachers and more.
The Harbor Special Needs Ministry
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7
- To serve and love children, youth, and young adults with special needs/abilities by modeling Christ’s love to them
- Provide a self-contained learning environment where each one that attends can learn and grow spiritually at his or her level, because we believe that each child is uniquely created by God and can have a meaningful relationship with Jesus.
- To also provide an inclusive approach as we seek to incorporate children, youth, and young adults with special needs in with a portion of our existing ministries to the degree that this is possible (which will depend on the individual child, youth, or young adult).
- Include children, youth, and young adults with special needs in God’s kingdom work
- Minister to families of our children, youth, and young adults with special needs, ensuring that each family finds acceptance, the ability to participate in church life, the support of community, and a place of service.
“People with disabilities are God’s best visual aids to demonstrate who He really is. His power shows up best in weakness. And who by the world’s standards is weaker than those with mental or physical disabilities? As the world watches, these people persevere. They live, love, trust and obey Him. Eventually the world is forced to say, “How great their God must be to inspire this kind of loyalty.” Joni Eareckson Tada
As such, we at FBC strive to show your child that God loves them in ways that they can understand. These ways include: meeting their needs, appreciating their energy and sense of wonderment, engaging their senses, and developing a relationship with both them and their families. Through play, music and singing, learning games, arts and crafts, simple Bible stories and Bible verses, and mission projects, we strive to help our children, youth, and young adults with special needs learn foundational truths that will become the building blocks for a lifetime of knowing and loving God.
Safety and Security
- Please check-in your child at the Welcome Desk, where a sticker label will be generated. Please place the sticker on your child’s back or personal bag. Retain the parent label and show it to your child’s teacher upon picking them up.
- Parents (or another adult designated by a parent) are the only ones allowed to pick up the child, and they will not be released to older siblings. You must show parent label to pick up your child.
- Only parents dropping off children will be allowed into the room.
- If your child needs you, we will text you to come to The Harbor. Please carry your cell phone.
- On-Premises Rule: Parents of children are expected to be at the Church during class times (e.g. Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night), unless child is being cared for during a special parent outing event.
Please make sure that your child is free from illness before bringing them to The Harbor. This means that children are free from fever or any symptoms of illness for at least 24 hours (without medicine) prior to coming to church.
Steps to help your child enjoy their stay in The Harbor:
- Alert Stickers: If your child has an allergy or is potty training, you can pick a sticker up at the preschool welcome desk alerting our volunteers to your child’s needs.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes before class or worship.
- Label all of your child’s personal belongings.
- Fill out a care card each time your child attends.
- Assure your child that you will return and release them quickly to the teacher(s). (Separation anxiety is normal. Waiting around or checking on your child only makes things more difficult.)
- Make sure that your child has eaten a meal BEFORE bringing them to church and/or inform the teacher on the care card if they are to eat during class time.