Access Ministry We exist to facilitate inclusion inside the life of the church for individuals with special needs and their families.

Access Provides

  • Disability awareness and etiquette training for the church leadership and congregation
  • Assistance for families in determining best classroom placement for loved one with special needs
  • Assistance for teachers in developing accommodations for additional needs and providing supports when necessary to ensure inclusion whenever possible
  • Education of differing needs for youth group and children to help them better understand and interact with their friends with disabilities.
  • Encouragement to those with special needs to discover spiritual gifts and look for opportunities where they can use those gifts.
  • A means for engaging socially through our Access Club and Circle of Friends classes
  • A chance to study God’s Word

Access Offerings

Access Club

A bimonthly community outreach ministry with individuals, 13 years and older, who have differing mental and physical needs. It is a time of FUN and fellowship. Trips into the community to experience living life to the fullest are a part of this loving ministry. Mentors provide acceptance, friendship and the gift of time and love.

Access Sunday School

New class beginning Sun., September 2. We meet weekly at 9:45 in Room 302 of the main church building.

Circle of Friends

Young adults, 16 years and older, with intellectual disabilities will gather on Wednesday nights to worship, study God’s Word, and engage in service opportunities. Mentors provide one-on-one, personal and meaningful relationships and are the key to this caring ministry. 

Happiness Retreat

A three day, two night summer retreat for people with developmental disabilities. The retreat has gathered annually since 1974 and is located at Caraway Conference Center. Last year, we were some of the 800 youth and adults that attended one of the four sessions of the Happiness Retreat.

Access Club Events

Fall Fiesta Saturday, November 17th

10am - 1pm. In the Fellowship Hall. Lunch Provided.

Living Christmas Tree Thursday, November 29th

6pm-8:30pm.

Superhero Club Saturday, January 19th

10am-1pm. Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served.

Talent Show Saturday, February 16th

2-5pm. Fellowship Hall. First Ministry Center. Refreshments served.

Building Mania Club Saturday, March 16th

10am-1pm. Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served.

Lazy 5 Wagon Ride & Picnic at Sloan Park Saturday, April 13th

9am-1pm.

Spring Smash Madness Saturday, May 11th

10am-1pm. Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Access Ministry, please send us a message below and we will be in contact with you.

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For further information

For further information on the Access Ministry, please contact Mary Ann Cody ejcody@carolina.rr.com or Jtan Whisenant djwhisenant@fibrant.com.

If you are interested in joining our club, please inquire below: