Selective Mutism: Full Inclusion Outline for Calvary Chapel
Calvary chapel of Brevard (CCB) has been a long-standing pillar of strength in Brevard County. Calvary's mission to reach a hurting world and support Brevard's citizens has made Calvary a church home for many families in the community. Calvary's outreach programs have met numerous needs of the community's struggling families. Calvary has also provided a safe haven for those struggling from financial, physical, and spiritual needs, since its inception 10 years ago. Donna and Michael Little attend CCB along with their 4 children, Bailey (2), Darcy (4), Connor (5) and Stephen (7). Last year Stephen Little was diagnosed with a disability known as Selective Mutism. Calvary has had a long time relationship with the Little family. Now that Stephen has been diagnosed with Selective Mutism, there is a need to offer help to the Little family. This is a proposal for an all-inclusion children's ministry, outlining Stephen's disability and special needs. CCB has a mission and desire to include all children in their outreach programs. This program would accommodate Stephen and his family and provide a positive and safe place for spiritual growth for the Little family. Offering a full-inclusion children's ministry will not only help Stephen, but also support families in the community with varying disabilities.
Selective Mutism: Full Inclusion plan for Calvary Chapel's Children's Ministry
Calvary Chapel of Brevard (CCB) is a non-denominational and multi-cultural church located in Viera, Florida. Calvary was built in 2002 with the desire to reach thousands of people in Brevard County and train Calvary's members to be missionaries to their community and to the world. Calvary focuses on the Great Commission Jesus instructed his disciples to follow in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age " (NIV). Calvary teaches the bible verse by verse and teaches, trains, and supports the community to be effective examples of Christ Jesus. Calvary believes that all have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that all can repent and be saved by God's grace (Romans 10:13, John 3:16).
Calvary has the capacity to hold 2,500 people and currently has 2 full services on Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Calvary also has 2 midweek services on Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:00 pm. Calvary has approximately 1,000 community children on Sundays and about 500 during the midweek services. Calvary has 2 full time ministry leaders; Pastor Luther Baldwin (lead pastor and founder) and Pastor Mike Green (associate pastor). Calvary also has music ministry and leader, Josh McClallen. Calvary also sponsors small home groups twice a week for different ages, life circumstances, and levels of study.
Current Children's Ministry
Calvary believes that everyone should be taught on their level and that children should be in classes appropriate for their learning and size. Calvary's focus and interest in the community children is unprecedented in Brevard. Calvary holds youth group each week for different age groups (AWANNA for all ages, Doves for ages 3-5, Stars for ages 6-8, Navigators for ages 9-11, Ignites for ages 12-15, Rush for ages 16-17 and Illuminate for ages 18-19). Calvary uses high-energy music, games, drama, and food to capture the attention of the youth group and teach them about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year CCB does a Campus Crusade for Christ and CCB is responsible for Christian clubs held in many of the local public schools. Calvary strives to follow Christ's example in...
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