Special Needs

We provide support for our Special Needs children, teens, and families during each of our weekend gatherings, as well as once a month at our Kidsfest Respite Night.  For any questions about our Special Needs support, please email kidsfest@lakesidechurch.com.


Children with special needs have the opportunity to participate in our kids program while their parents attend church. Each child is matched with a trained “buddy” who accompanies them to a regular Kidsfest class, providing personal guidance through story time, snacks, crafts, and free play. We also have a cheerful, well-equipped classroom dedicated to the specific needs of children who are unable to attend mainstream classes.


Each weekend we provide an opportunity for tweens and teens with special needs to participate in traditional youth-group activities while their parents attend church. Sidekick Court offers developmentally appropriate curriculum, games, music, fun, and friendship in a welcoming and safe environment. A trained “buddy” will be matched with each tween/teen who would like to attend our typical middle school (MSM) or high school (Encounter) group activities, offering personal support and gentle guidance throughout.


Respite Night is a night for kids with special needs (ages 2–21) and their siblings (ages 2–12). Focused attention is given to each child while parents go on a date, rest, or check off something exciting from their to-do list. Kidsfest Respite Night is usually held on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Lakeside Church. Reservations must be made in advance each month to participate. To inquire about our Kidsfest Respite Night, please contact kidsfest@lakesidechurch.com.

2018 DATES:

January 5th
February 2nd
March 2nd
April 6th
May 4th
June 1st


Register a child/teen to attend

Register to help:


The following Medical Questionnaire must be filled out each calendar year for any child participating in our Special Needs programs - whether during Respite Night, Kidsfest Weekends, or BLITZ.  If you have not yet  filled out the 2017 Medical Questionnaire, please complete it below.