Every Thursday, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Our Inclusive Ministry Provides meaningful inclusion to engage individuals with disabilities and their families by…
Loving God: Providing support and unique opportunities to allow every individual to learn about God in unique and meaningful ways and develop a loving relationship with Him.
Loving others: Fostering inclusive and meaningful opportunities to grow and develop connections within our church family and local communities.
Living out the gospel life: Supporting each individual as they identify their strengths and turn their faith in to action through serving others.
Our Vision: Inspiring a love of Christ while creating a meaningful and inclusive community for individuals of all abilities.
WHAT WE OFFER
For Children & Young Adults
Preschool and Kindergarten at Greentree Christian School
We offer an inclusive environment and education for children ages 17 months – full day Kindergarten. We welcome your child’s team here at our school (personal care attendant, ABA therapists, related service providers for therapy, etc.) We will attend public school or other team meetings alongside you as well. Our Director of Inclusive Ministry, Brooke Varma, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience supporting children and families educationally. Brooke works closely with our preschool Director, Heather Greene, and you to provide loving support and academic success.
Kids and Youth Ministry (Sunday and Wednesday)
We would love the opportunity to support your child or youth on their faith journey here at Christ Church! We can provide support such as professional observations, classroom and lesson modification, accommodation and, as needed, 1:1 Inclusive Ministry Mentors who will accompany your child in our Kids and Youth Ministry programs to support relationships, inclusion, and participation. As a team we will all work together with you to provide individualized and inclusive support. We want to meet your child or youth where they are so they can fully participate in all aspects of these great Ministries!
Possibilities Ministry at 11:00 every Sunday: An opportunity for adults who would benefit from hearing the sermon series in a unique way. Each sermon is adapted using multi-sensory approaches in a supportive environment.
Saturday Socials: An engaging afternoon of connecting with other adults! We provide a supportive and engaging environment with fun, food, crafts, games, and more. You must sign up for this event and have a completed Inclusive Ministry form on file. These events may take place at Christ Church or out in the community. Contact Brooke at for more information to sign up.
First Wednesday Pizza Join us on the first Wednesday night from October – May, for Pizza with Possibilities and Youth from 6-6:30pm. This is a fully inclusive, family/group home friendly environment. Suggested donation is only $2 per slice or $10 per pizza. Join us for dinner and stay for our Inclusive Creative Faith small group. Dropping in is welcome, but if you plan in advance to attend, please let Brooke know by sending her an email at .
First Wednesday Small Group: Join us on the first Wednesday night of the month from October – May for Inclusive Creative Faith! In this small group we focus on a bible verse and use journaling bibles and/or crafting paper to express that verse through art. While parents and caregivers are invited to stay with their loved one, Inclusive Ministry Mentors will also be available to provide support and allow parents and caregivers to attend other co-occurring groups.
Church-wide events: Whenever you see a Christ Church event we want you to know you are welcome here! We do our best to create meaningful accommodations so that everyone can participate fully. We also welcome the opportunity to work with you directly and ensure your whole family feels confident and comfortable at all of our opportunities.
Church-wide classes: Classes such as Baptism and Membership are routinely adapted and available to you. These classes offer the opportunity for individuals who would benefit from having information presented in alternative ways to be baptized and become members of Christ Church. For more information on inclusive Baptism and Membership classes please contact Brooke.
Intern, Volunteer and Serve: We offer opportunities for internships, volunteering and for service hours. Please complete the form below to volunteer. Contact Brooke for more information.
Certified Therapy Dog
Brooke's dog, Riggins, became a Certified Therapy Dog in August of 2019, and joins us at Christ Church as much as possible. Riggins is a two-year-old labradoodle who has spent two years working with Heeling House to complete his training and to pass his certification with Pet Partners.
GROUP SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT
As we seek to become a meaningful and inclusive community for individuals of all abilities, we are excited to partner with Fairfax County as a Group Supported Employment vendor.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board describes Group Supported Employment as a service that provides individuals with intellectual disability intensive job placement assistance for off‐site, supervised contract work and competitive employment in the community. Here at Christ Church we offer opportunities for Group Supported Employment in Greentree Christian School, Campus Care, and in our coffee bar, Bean Redeemed.
You can contact your case worker with the Fairfax County CSB to begin the process and to interview to join the Christ Church family through Group Supported Employment!