Children with special needs deserve a welcoming, safe and consistent environment where they can learn about God's love for them. Our River Smiles ministry is designed to provide just that.

Details & Registration

Days: Sundays
Time: 10:45am service
Location: SRCkids
Ages: 6 - 10

Registration Process

Step One: Please email us or call John Ehrlein at 561-809-9252 if you are interested in bringing your child to River Smiles. In order for us to prepare accordingly and provide your child with the best possible experience, we would like to talk with you beforehand to discuss the overall process and experience.

Step Two: Please complete the River Smiles Registration Packet before bringing their children on Sunday morning. This registration packet will help us prepare for and better care for your child durning the class. You can bring your completed packet with you on Sunday or email it to us.


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What to Expect

Spanish River Church’s River Smiles Ministry serves children with special needs ages six to ten at the 10:45am Sunday service. Children are guided through interactive Bible lessons in a safe and nurturing environment utilizing Board-Maker symbol-based communication and activities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll my child?

Email us or call John Ehrlein at 561-809-9252.

What curriculum is used?  How is it designed to help?  

FaithWeaver Now Bible curriculum is designed to present the Gospel to children through age-appropriate activities and scriptural passages. The curriculum helps children grow in their faith and to provide opportunities for families to share the Gospel at home through daily challenge activities. In addition, the curriculum is modified to meet each child’s individual learning styles.

What is the schedule in the room on Sundays.

Bible lessons are guided through the use of a visual schedule which begins and ends with prayer. Teacher directed activities are followed by a sensory break which provides the opportunity for children to further interact with their peers. 

Who is working with the kids? What are the volunteers' credentials?

Instruction is led by a Florida certified special education teacher. Other team members hold Florida teaching certifications in special education and are licensed in Speech/Language Pathology (MA CCC-SLP).