Flint Buddies

Our Flint Buddies ministry is dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental differences grow in understanding God’s love.
Welcome to Flint Buddies!
Welcome to Flint Buddies!

At Flint, it’s our passion to see children and adults with developmental differences grow in their understanding of God’s great love for them.

Because we understand the unique challenges of caring for a child with special needs, it’s our mission to offer support to the whole family. Our warm and inviting atmosphere will have you feeling right at home the moment you step foot on campus.

Your child will experience a sense of belonging and joy after time spent with peers and trained volunteers. It’s our honor to give your loved one the care and personal attention they deserve as we all seek Jesus together.

What to Expect on Your First Visit
What to Expect on Your First Visit

Your child will be greeted and welcomed into the Buddies classroom. We will spend time getting to know them. Flint Buddies teachers and volunteers are there to provide access to Bible stories, crafts, music, games, puzzles and snacks. We intentionally meet each child on their level.

9 AM: We offer our Flint Buddies classroom and/or children’s church with support.

10:30 AM: Classroom only

How to Get Started

If you are ready to get your child plugged into the program, please fill out the following Student Profile, to help us get to know more specifics before your first visit. Bring your child on a Sunday morning to our Children’s Building, where the Flint Buddies classroom is located. Our Special Needs Director, Kelly Kirk, and our volunteers will be ready for you!

Serve as a Buddy

Buddies are volunteers who spend an hour on Sunday mornings supporting a child that requires attention for various reasons. Is God calling you to be involved in this important ministry? Click the button for more info!

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can we start regularly attending?

We require new families to fill out a Student Profile. Once that is complete, our Special Needs Director, Kelly Kirk, will reach out to you to further plan your first visit and give you all the details you need to know.

For what ages do you offer support?

Currently, we offer support for ages 4 and up. We will do our best to provide support on an individualized basis.

Does my child have to stay in the Special Needs Ministry area, or can they attend their age-appropriate ministry?

We provide support based on individual needs. It may be one of the following options:

  • Attending with peers of the same age with a teacher who is ready to meet their needs
  • Attending the Buddies classroom with teachers and volunteers
  • Attending Children’s Church with volunteer support

Special Needs Director

Kelly Kirk

Kelly has been on staff at Flint since 2023. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and is a Registered Educational Diagnostician. She has worked in the field of education since 1989. She is also a special needs mom, having raised 2 sons with Autism. She and her husband Jon recently joined Flint Baptist and are happy to serve in the Flint Buddies program.