Disabilities Ministry

The Disabilities Ministry provides classes, groups, programs and more to allow people with disabilities to be active in the mission of Southeast Christian Church.

Resources, groups, and custom-designed classrooms are just a few of the ways Southeast becomes home for people with disabilities. Our hope is that you will connect to Jesus and one another through these ministries. We also offer support in various forms for parents and caregivers.

For Children

Children from birth through 5th grade with special needs are encouraged to attend classes on weekends during regular service hours. We offer a variety of assistance to allow children to be integrated with children of similar ages. A classroom/sensory room is also available for children who would learn better in a smaller environment with more supervision.

We encourage you to contact our office, tyoung@secc.org, before attending service so that we can properly plan for your child. Some parents also find it helpful to bring their child to our classroom for a weekday visit before attending on a busy weekend. We work closely with our Children’s Ministry to give each child the level of care that best fits their needs.

Additional events and information about a small group just for parents of young children with special needs are listed on our Events page.

For Teens

We currently have volunteers in the Block, our youth building, during the Sunday morning programming. They attend Lift at 9:00 a.m. Please contact our office, tyoung@secc.org, so that we can help our volunteers be prepared for the teens who attend.

See more on our Events page about monthly respite and summer camp especially for teens with special needs.

For Adults

Adult Weekend Groups for those with disabilities meet at 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays as an alternative to the worship service in the Sanctuary, and Sundays at 8:00 a.m. preceeding our 9:00 a.m. worship service. Both classes provide a time of Bible study and fellowship. Friday Night ALIVE (Monthly Respite), Camp Freedom (Weekend Camp), and SHINE (fall formal) are all special events that encourage fellowship for teens and adults. More information is on our Events page.

ACCESSIBILITY & RESOURCES

Please ask an usher or greeter for assistance in locating these items or services.

Braille

Braille copies of the songs during weekend worship are available at the Welcome Center.

Large-print

Large-print bulletins and song sheets are available at the entrances to the Worship Center.

Wheelchairs and Scooters

Available to use on campus.

Reserved Seating

Available in the Sanctuary for people in wheelchairs and their families.

Parking Lot A

Parking Lot A offers a shuttle to bring you from your car to the doors under the covered portico.

Service dogs

Service dogs are welcome on campus.

Family Restrooms

Located throughout the main building.

Worship interpretation

Interpreting for the deaf is during the 11:15 a.m. Sunday service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several levels of care are available for children with disabilities. We work with the parents to find a placement that best fits the child's abilities and special needs. A self-contained classroom is offered for children who will best learn in a structured, smaller classroom. Groups of children leave from our classroom and attend Chapel Clubhouse with Disabilities Ministry volunteers for group inclusion. And some children are mainstreamed in a preschool classroom with assistance or monitoring from the Disabilities Ministry.
Parents are asked to complete two registration forms before bringing their children to our classes. These forms give us the information we need to enroll children and to better understand the nature of their abilities and special needs. Children with special needs will spend their first few weeks in ED 114, a special class that provides self-contained and group mainstream options. Time spent in ED 114 gives us the opportunity to get to know your child. In addition, this allows us to make sure the needs of each child in our program are met. During the initial "getting to know you" time, a parent may be asked to attend class with their child. This helps us to see what a child is capable of, and gives the parent a chance to experience what our classes and worship times are like. Once we have had a chance to get to know your child, together we will evaluate the child's adaptation to the classroom and determine the best placement for the child.
LifeBridge may take some equipment. The Disabilities Ministry also partners with The Mobility Project, which refurbishes used wheelchairs and distributes them throughout the world.
Yes. Large-print song sheets are available at the entrance to the Worship Center where programs/bulletins are distributed. Braille music sheets for the weekend worship services are available at the Welcome & Information Center in the Atrium.
Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available in the Atrium. Stop by the Welcome & Information Center in the Atrium for assistance.