Sunday School Buddies

LOPC offers a Sunday School Buddy Program for children and youth with special needs on Sunday mornings. We invite families who are dropping off their children for the 9 am Sunday school programs to check in at the kiosk on the plaza (in front of the sanctuary). Our greeters will direct you to the check-in location where your child or youth will meet her/his buddy for Sunday School. Our Sunday School Buddies are trained to work with children and youth with all types of special needs. Most of our Sunday School Buddies have been in the special education field for more than 15 years.

The role of the buddy is to be in Sunday school with your child or youth with special needs and provide a safe and loving partnership with your child or youth which give her/him the opportunity to grow in faith alongside her/his peers. If your child needs to take a break from the classroom setting, play outside or use particular sensory toys – this is what your buddy will do.

To arrange a buddy for your child or youth on any Sunday, please email We provide buddies by assignment in order to make sure your child is paired with the buddy that fits best with their needs. If possible, please fill out an intake form ahead of your child’s first visit. Our staff and volunteers will read the intake form and ask you any questions they may have before your arrival for Sunday School. We appreciate anything you can share to help us prepare to welcome your child or youth in the best and most loving way possible. Questions? Please contact Dave.

After your child visits, we encourage you to reach out to Rev. Jaime Polson, Pastor for Family Ministry, or Susan Wentworth, Preschool Ministry Director and Special Needs Coordinator, and let us know how the morning went with our ministry team.