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In the Bible, Mark 16:15 says “Go into the all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”  Providing a safe place for all children to learn about Jesus and grow closer to Him is our highest priority…and that includes children who have special needs.

The Buddy Ministry exists to help children with special needs (ages PreK-6th grade) access our programs and ministries, while growing in a relationship with Christ in a safe and accepting environment, empowering their caregivers to do the same. The spirit of the Buddy Ministry is one of inclusion. The Buddy Ministry matches kids/students who have special needs with an adult or teenage buddy, who helps to facilitate their learning experience.

Children involved in the Buddy ministry are integrated into the mainstream classrooms during our 9:15 and 11am weekend services, depending on which time the family chooses to worship. We focus on each individual’s ability and not their disability. Our desire is to create a space that meets the specific learning and social needs of each child and work with each family to ensure a safe and positive experience.

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If you have an child who has special needs and would like to have them be a part of the Pathway Kids Buddy Ministry, please complete the Buddy Ministry Intake Form and consent form so that we can better meet your child’s needs and individualize a program for them. If you have any questions, you can ask us by emailing lmccoy@rumc.org. Once your forms are completed, someone will contact you, within 48 hours, regarding the next steps for your family’s worship experience.

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We have a great team of trained leaders who feel called to serve our families with children with special needs.  In addition to our regular orientation/training process for Children’s Ministry servants, there is some additional training for those that want to be a Buddy.  We want our leaders to feel empowered, be set up for success and equipped to serve each individual family in the best possible way.  If you feel God calling you to serve in this ministry, please contact Laura McCoy at lmccoy@rumc.org.  We would love to talk to you about the opportunities available.