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.

THE SUMMIT  (K-5th Grade)

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.

THE COURT (6TH-12TH Grade)

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. The 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:

September 7
October 5
November 2


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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 2018 Medical Questionnaire, please complete it below.