Exceptional Circles

Because Jesus loves everyone, no exceptions.

Exceptional Circles is a uniquely collaborative special needs ministry rooted in partnership between The Mosaic Center, Mosaic Church, and the Center for New Beginnings.

Exceptional Circles exists to provide support to families with children with an array of disabilities. We desire to provide a loving, welcoming, and understanding environment where ALL families can grow and thrive spiritually.

The Problem
Around 5 to 10% of persons with disabilities around the world are effectively reached with the gospel, making the disability community one of the largest unreached or hidden people groups in the world. Parents and caregivers should never have to wonder whether their child will be received with welcome and loving arms, cared for according to their specific needs, or feel unable to be spiritually nourished themselves.

The Impact
At Mosaic, we desire for every child to feel safe and loved while having fun learning about God’s unrelenting love for them! Exceptional Circles currently has four circles of support:

Therapeutic Services and Support
The Center for New Beginnings provides weekday therapeutic services at Mosaic for families in the Augusta area. The Center for New Beginnings is a Christian non-profit serving children and adolescents with special needs (behavioral, educational, emotional, intellectual, physical), as well as their families and caregivers in the rural counties surrounding Augusta, GA.

Family Fellowship
Once a month, Exceptional Circles provides a respite night to families with qualified care for children with disabilities (and their siblings), giving parents and caregivers a little time off and kids a fun night in!

Kids’ Night In! is for children 3 months to age 25 with disabilities and their siblings! Kids’ Night In! is an evening filled with sensory-friendly activities for all ages and abilities, with exceptionally trained volunteers and staff from our community and The Center for New Beginnings.

Kids’ Night In! happens on the fourth Friday of the month, from 6:00-9:00pm. Allergy friendly snacks are provided, and families are also welcome to bring specific snacks if needed. Registration is required for all children attending, and families may register up until a week before the event.

Exceptional Buddies
For all children’s activities at Mosaic (Sunday worship, Wednesday Awana, Summer VBS, etc.), we offer Exceptional Buddies: exceptionally trained volunteers who can work one-on-one with children with special needs, as needed.

Our KidCity and Exceptional Buddies teams are here to joyfully welcome your family to the Mosaic family! A special sensory room has been funded to allow these special needs children an added level of development as they move around, slide, jump, and swing all the while having fun but developing and strengthening their mobility.

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Volunteer Training and Support
The Center for New Beginnings also provides volunteer training and support for our Exceptional Circles team. Exceptional Circle volunteers are trained in caring and supporting children with a variety of needs — from sensory processing disorders to physical disabilities to autism spectrum disorder. Our volunteers are also CPR and first aid certified.

For more information about our Exceptional Circles programs and events, please contact Jenni Grace, Family and Children’s Pastor at Mosaic Church or Exceptional Circles Program Coordinator, at jenni@mosaicumc.org.

For more information regarding weekday therapy services, please visit The Center for New Beginnings at www.nbeginnings.org.

 

Jenni Grace
Director of Family and Children’s Discipleship
Mosaic UMC
www.mosaicumc.org
770-633-8172

 
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who has promised is faithful.’ – Hebrews 10:23
Exceptional Circles Testimony
We are so grateful for Exceptional Circles Kids Night In! Sadie has had so much fun! We have been able to enjoy a date night knowing that Sadie is being well cared for and having a blast. Everyone has been so welcoming to our family. It truly is a gift.

Susie Lovecamp

Exceptional CIRCLES PARENT