The Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia is helping families with children with special needs attend church since some families shared that attending church together was not always possible. According to WSLS, through the church’s iKids Ministry, children with special needs can go to a sensory room in the church if they are overstimulated or need to relax, allowing parents and other family members to still attend service.
Thanks to the generous donation from the Runk family, who are members of the church, iKids Ministry now has its own room complete with all the features catered to children with special needs. The sensory room in the church was built in February 2020, complete with “lights on the ceiling, animals on the wall, videos of God’s creations,” and much more.
At Thomas Road Baptist Church, they have created an appropriate and enjoyable room for kids ages two and up to spend their time if needed during church service. According to the Director of Special Needs and Care at the church, Toy Hine, “Many of this community do not function well in a large environment…This room allows them to come on a Sunday morning, so their parents can attend church or a small group.”
Providing an opportunity for children to spend their time learning and playing in a productive and positive environment is not just a way to pass the time while their parents are in church, it is a way to help the children grow and learn as well. Set up with an excellent array of visual and interactive resources, the sensory room for iKids Ministry creates a welcoming atmosphere for children to enjoy as their families attend service.