VBS starts this week at church. This year, for the first time ever, I am going to teach a class. A class of 2nd graders no less. Yikes! I was excited and apprehensive as we drove to church this morning. You see, this is the first VBS where I have sent Logan to class completely on his own and made it impossible for me to go save him. Let’s see if that turns out to be a smart move! lol
First, let me say that my church totally rocks!! I mean, totally! They have always been so accommodating to us and to Logan’s needs. Everyone is understanding and completely gets it, right down to the food allergies. They help him write if he needs it or sit out if he needs it. Sometimes, they can be too accommodating but that’s a good problem to have!
Logan went into the 4th grade class with his bff, Thomas. This is the same class that he has Sunday School with so he knows most of the kids and it is the same teacher too. They totally accepted my decision of where he should be developmentally rather than chronologically. They see the value of meeting him where he is rather than where he should be!
Second, I got the schedule beforehand and completely went over it with him so he knows what to expect at all times. Whether or not he listened to me is another blog post entirely. 🙂
Third, he knows all these people, from the music workers to the snack attendants. One of the benefits that I have seen from becoming active in our church is that Logan meets a lot of church members. He sees them on a regular basis and has become comfortable with them. When he is comfortable, he will try new things. Plain and simple, when you are surrounded by people who genuinely love and care for you, then you will soar to new heights.
The final thing is that there is no blaring music or flashing lights in the worship rally. Yeah, we can get loud, singing and praising Him, but it’s a good loud. Logan doesn’t go into sensory overload from the start.
Most churches don’t consider the special needs children. This causes them to get left behind. You know what? God wants EVERYONE to come to Him, special needs or not. Families with special needs children need it even more. I am truly blessed to have such a fantastic church that gets it.
Btw, in my second grade class, I had 7 kids. One with autism (that didn’t belong to me), one with ADD, one who couldn’t speak English, and 1 that was so hyper I thought he was gonna bounce off the walls. We had a blast!!!! I think the word is getting out that my church rocks! 🙂