Over 250 Volunteers Create Winter Wonderland for 60+ Participating Families
JANUARY 26, 2013, MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Liquid Church of NJ hosted the Winter Carnival for Special Needs Children today at L’Affaire Fine Catering in Mountainside, NJ. The event was specifically planned for families with children with special needs who live in the region.
The event provided a day out for over 60 families with fun activities and games that their whole family could enjoy. Families who have been served by the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and New Brunswick, NJ were invited to participate in the free event.
Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church said, “We wanted to provide the children and their families a time where they can fully enjoy a fun-filled day out together. We’re planning every detail so that the families can fully focus on their loved ones today in a safe and embracing environment.”
Over 250 volunteers from Liquid Church helped transform the catering hall into a festive winter carnival atmosphere. Each family was assigned a volunteer guest guide to provide support for each child to participate in the activities and games. Activities were specifically designed to be sensory friendly and accessible to all participants. Noise cancelling headphones were made available, as well as a chill space provided to offer the chance for the children to take a break from the activities as needed. Families left the event with carnival food staples such as hot dogs and cotton candy, prizes, but most of all, feeling energized by the attention given to each child.
Liquid Church is growing its heart around families who are affected by special needs. We are learning what it takes to become a welcoming place for those with special needs. As our ministries grow, so does our need for volunteers. The Liquid Kids program is now training and recruiting volunteers who have experience working with children with special needs. This will provide an opportunity for all members of the family to participate in the church experience on Sunday mornings 9:30 am and 11:30 am at the New Brunswick and Nutley campuses of Liquid Church, and 9am, 10:30am, and 12 noon at the Morristown campus location.