KINGSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH IN ETOBICOKE, Ontario recognized a particular need in their community and are reaching out to fill it. The recess Program provides children with special needs and their siblings a safe place to share one-to-one play time with a buddy chosen just for them. Brothers and sisters, who often shoulder greater responsibility within the family, also get to enjoy a few hours to just be a kid. The program also provides their parents with four precious hours to themselves – to go on a date, go shopping or whatever else they wish.

God’s love is shown through the dedicated volunteer community that has formed to run the recess Program. Compassion is being experienced in practical ways, as expressed in the gratitude of the families who benefit from the program. The program has also influenced the wider community to be intentional about including and accepting people with different abilities. Together they celebrate these beloved children who are made in the image of our loving Father.

We are one body in Christ and so our souls sing with the Psalmist:

“even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:12-14