Access Ministry

Access Ministry exists 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

mike and allison  happiness retreat 2017


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. Classes resume August 30 with a water party. Participants will need swimsuits and towels. Room 107, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ALL OTHER WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSES will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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. Dates for 2018 are August 1-3. You can visit to find out more.



If you are interested in joining our group please take a moment to download and complete the attached intake form; this form is a way for you to tell us about your family member and how we can best serve your loved one with special needs. Completed forms may be brought to our first meeting or emailed to Mary Ann Cody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



For further information on the Access Ministry, please contact Mary Ann Cody This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jtan Whisenant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.