Church and mentally-impaired kids

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Church and mentally-impaired kids
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Sun, 04-01-2007 - 12:56pm

Do any of you with mentally-impaired children attend church?


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Sun, 04-08-2007 - 12:44am

This is my first time on this board, but your post caught my eye.

Our 5th child (Moise)has Congenital CMV. He is 6 years old and is not walking due to CP, He is deaf and severely mentally impaired. He is functioning at about a 18-20 month
level. Why have run into a very similar predicament as you describe here. Moise is very loud. He loves to feel his own voice, he's very happy but many think he's upset. We can no longer take him to the church nursery because he's so much bigger than the other little ones there. We also found that people working in the nursery were a bit intimidated by all of his special needs.

A couple of years ago we were approached by the young woman who coordinates the volunteers for the nursery. She asked about 8 people, in our case men as Moise is getting quite large and heavy to carry around, if the would be willing to help with Moise during services. I was amazed by the number of people who volunteered and really wanted to help with Moise. We all met one day and I explained all of his needs to these men and each Sunday one of these men takes him during the service. They usually sit with toys in the hall or take him outside if it's nice out. Because there are 8 they each have him about once every couple of months. A new schedule is made out at the start of each year and the men are on a rotation.

We do attend church in a small community where just about everyone knows each other. I don't know your church situation but if possible I would explain your situation to someone who might be able to arrange something like this. I think you'll be surprised by the response you get.

These men have all fallen in love with Moise and seem to actually look forward to their day with him. He has touched all of their lives in his very special, unique way.

If this had not come up DH and I would need to take turns going to church, which is difficult because I believe it is so important to worship togehter.

I will pray tha something opens up to you.

blestX6

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Sun, 04-08-2007 - 1:09pm

blestx6,


Thank you so much for your response. Though we're not quite at that point yet, I imagine that something like what you are describing will be perfect for Audrey someday. I think there would definitely be a number of individuals in our church who would step forward and volunteer for something like this. I got several responses to the same question I posted on the Christian Family Life board, and it sounds like a lot of churches have a similar thing to what you described that they do for their special needs kids. Thanks so much for your input!



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