Our Mission Statement


Our mission is to provide a safe and loving environment for children with special needs and their families. Our desire is to encourage families in their relationship with the Lord as we partner together to guide our children with special needs to honor God by living like Jesus.

We will do this through worship, learning about Him, and providing opportunities to display every child’s unique spiritual gifts within the church body.

Please see below to learn more about our Special Needs Ministry at Emmanuel Faith, how you can enroll your child, or volunteer in this ministry area.


Special Needs Ministry Resources

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The Buddy Program


Buddies are one-on-one helpers who come alongside children with special needs in the classroom, providing extra guidance, support and help as needed.

Please contact Krissy Bartels  (kbartels@efcc.org or 760- 781-2119) to find out more and find an inclusion plan and a Buddy match for your child.


Cool Down Room


This room is available during all services for children who need a space to calm down their hearts, minds and bodies.

The cool down room is located in the Children's Center, downstairs by the elevator, in Room 2C.

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Special Needs Classroom


A trained special education teacher leads a special needs class at the 11 a.m. church service hour for children to access Bible teaching in a safe and loving environment.


Family Room With Live Feed


A separate room with a live feed of the sermon is available for families to listen to the sermon in the comfort of a quiet room with comfortable seating.

The Family Room is upstairs in the Children's Center, Room # 12.



Ways to Volunteer in Special Needs Ministry

Special needs pagesDo you have a heart for children with special needs? Come join us as a special needs buddy!

Buddies work one-on-one with a child in their Sunday School class. No prior experience needed, training is provided. Being a Buddy is a tremendous blessing to families with special needs children and the blessing is returned to the Buddy exponentially in spending time with these amazing kiddos!

There are opportunities to work every other weekend with a child, be a helper in the special needs classroom, or be on a substitute list. You can also help simply by spreading the word about the special needs ministry at EFCC.

If you wish to be involved in the Faith Kids programs, please also download and fill out a Faith Kids Worker Application Form.


Special Needs MinistryContact Us/Enrollment Info


For more info about the Special Needs Ministry at EFCC, or to enroll in our program, contact Krissy. Or click here to download the enrollment form now.

Krissy Bartels, Special Needs Coordinator
Contact Info: kbartels@efcc.org | (760) 781-2119


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