Special Needs

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At Cornerstone Christian Church, it is our heart’s desire to build and invest in community. We do so through worshipping together, meeting in small groups, and serving our community through a variety of programs. We believe that every life matters to God and is an important part of our community. 

It is our goal to create an inclusive community that welcomes and celebrates those with special needs and partners with their families. Our church family is passionate about our Special Needs ministry and we are excited to see it grow!

Buddy Ministry

Buddies are not only a part of Kids Church on Sunday mornings. Please reach out to us at specialneeds@cornerstonenj.org if your son or daughter would benefit from a buddy at youth group or in one of our other ministries or special events.

Kids' Church Special Needs

During our 9:00 Kids Church program, we are excited to have Buddies. Our buddies are partnered with children to provide support, sensory tools, comfort, and safety. We also have a class for High School-Young Adult individuals who benefit from one-on-one support and a specialized Sunday morning class. 

It is our goal to provide loving, safe, and inclusive environments for all. We ask that new families reach out to our Special Needs Coordinator to ensure that we are prepared to welcome your child with great big smiles and any supports in place needed for a positive, safe experience. 

If your child would benefit from supports, or if you have any questions, please reach out to us at specialneeds@cornerstonenj.org

One of our favorite events each year is Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine provides an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. It’s a celebration of the value of every life and it’s a night where all guests are kings and queens of the prom. We have had the pleasure of being a host church for 3 years in a row. This year’s Night to Shine was an unforgettable virtual experience with a special Shine Thru event the week before.

The date for Night to Shine 2022 is Friday, February 11, 2022 – we can’t wait!

Here are some highlights from this year’s Night to Shine:

Special Night Out

Our special nights out are fun events designed to support families and caregivers while providing one to one care for individuals with special needs. Our special nights out require pre-registration in order to provide a safe, social time with buddies for each guest. 

These special nights are currently on hold due to COVID restrictions. We will let you know when our next special night out is scheduled.

Join the Team

We’re looking for volunteers who can assist with our Special Needs ministry. 

There are several volunteer opportunities ranging from Sunday mornings to midweek buddies to special events. 

If you’re interested in joining the team, please click the link below and complete the volunteer form. 

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