Access special needs ministry

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Access Ministry supports and encourages individuals with special needs to recognize they are known, valued and loved by God and by us.

In Access, we provide opportunities for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of individuals with special needs, while partnering with parents and caregivers to be the spiritual leaders in their homes.

Our goal is to extend Christ’s love by:

  • Teaching individuals with special needs about Jesus
  • Providing opportunities for individuals with special needs and families to be fully integrated in the church body
  • Transforming community together with individuals and families impacted by special needs

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Access Classes & Events

Access Adult Class

Sundays at 4:30p.m.

The Access Adult Class is for adults with special needs (ages 16+). The class meets upstairs in Atrium A. Class begins with worship in the balcony of the sanctuary, followed by a small group bible study and fellowship time. The class provides an opportunity for adults with special needs to grow their relationship with Christ, participate in service projects, intercede for one another and transform community as the body of Christ. Participants in the Access Adult Class must have a completed info sheet on file. Contact for more information.


Access Children’s Class

Sundays at 9:15a.m.

The Access Children’s class meets in the Access classroom located in kidustrial park. Class begins with worship in the Elementary large group area with peers, followed by a Bible lesson in the Access classroom. The curriculum is adapted for children with special needs, focusing on visual supports, sensory integrated activities and structured routines. The class provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn that they are known, loved and valued by God and by us. Participants in the Access Children’s class must have a completed info sheet on file. Contact for more information.

Access Ministry’s Special Events

Access Ministry’s special events provide parents with the opportunity to enjoy a night out (either at the dinner that we host or on your own). Volunteers provide a safe, loving and fun evening for adults and children with special needs and siblings.

We have two annual events, our Fall Festival and Spring Carnival. Registration is required for both events.

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Saturday, September 28
5 to 8pm
Franklin Road Campus

Pumpkin decorating, hay rides, a petting zoo, and time in community—there’s no better way to kick off the new fall season! Come celebrate alongside our Access special needs community with the annual Fall Festival. Individuals with special needs will be partnered with a buddy, and additional volunteers will be provided to keep their siblings company. And don’t worry parents and guardians, we’ve got an awesome night planned for you, too. Just be sure to let us know you’re coming when you register.

*This event is by registration only. For the safety of our participants and volunteers, we will be unable to accept walk-in participants.



Ages 16+

Our Breakaway Events are twice a year for adults with special needs. The events provide an opportunity for fellowship, fun, crafts, snacks and games in a safe and supportive environment. Registration is required. Like us on Facebook for updates on event dates and times.


Request a Buddy

One-to-one buddies may be provided for an individual with special needs who participates in weekend programming in the Children’s Ministry or Student Ministry.

Buddies provide support for the individual with special needs by encouraging participation in the Bible activities, helping with any transitions throughout the programming, and, most importantly, helping create a nurturing environment where the individual feels known, loved and valued by God and by us.

Buddies may be an adult or a peer, depending on each individual’s needs. Each individual with a Buddy must have a completed info sheet. Contact Amie Shannon at if you are interested in a Buddy for your child.


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