Deaf & Disabilities Ministry

The Deaf and Disabilities Ministry is a place where people with special needs become integrated into the life of Southeast. We offer special classes and programs throughout the year for both Bible study and fellowship.


Deaf Fellowship

Our Deaf Ministry is an integrated part of our congregation. We offer Interpreted Services and programs, Silent Fellowship (a Weekend Group for Deaf and hearing who communicate in ASL), and a variety of fellowship opportunities for our Deaf community.

ASL Interpreted Worship Service:
11:15 a.m. • Sundays • Blankenbaker Campus

Silent Fellowship Weekend Group:
9:30 a.m. • Sundays • Blankenbaker Campus • ATLR 200
Led in ASL by Deaf and hearing teachers. We look deeper at what the Bible has to say and build relationships with one another.

Beginning American Sign Language Classes
ASL classes are offered throughout the year.

Weekends

Classes for all ages are offered at our Blankenbaker Campus. These classes are specifically designed to encourage each individual to connect to an appropriate small group depending on their age and developmental needs. We offer a wide variety of opportunities in both inclusive and self-contained settings. All classes are led by our trained team of volunteers and staff.


Children:

A classroom for children who prefer a smaller setting where we can provide customized programming is offered during all weekend worship services. Children have the opportunity to attend worship, learn Bible stories, and enjoy quiet time in specialized classrooms.

Location: Blankenbaker Campus • ED 114
Times: Saturdays • 5:00 p.m. / Sundays • 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.


Teens:

We partner with our Middle School Ministry (MSM) and High School Ministry (HSM) to create an environment that is welcoming to all teens as they connect to Jesus and one another.

Middle School: Sundays • 9:00 a.m. • Blankenbaker Campus • Room 21
High School: Sundays • 11:15 a.m. • Blankenbaker Campus • The Block Auditorium


Teens and Adults:

For anyone who would prefer a class of their own, we offer a range of classes to allow fellowship and Bible study for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.


Heart to Heart

Sundays • 8:00 a.m.
Blankenbaker Campus • WC 246

Fellowship and Bible study for adults with developmental disabilities.

Miracles

Saturdays • 5:00 p.m.
Blankenbaker Campus • WC 246

Sundays • 10:45 a.m.
Blankenbaker Campus • WC 246

Older teens and young adults with special needs are invited to gather with us for worship, fellowship, crafts, and a lesson. A team of teachers work with students at their individual pace.

HOPE

Sundays • 10:45 a.m.
• Blankenbaker Campus • ATLR 202

Join older teens and adults after worship each week to discuss the sermon and gain understanding that goes beyond the pews.

Events & Camps

Camp Freedom

Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29, 2018
Country Lake Christian Retreat

Camp Freedom is a weekend away for anyone with a developmental disability—ages 10 and up. We offer one-on-one support to allow all campers to engage in typical camp activities. Campers enjoy swimming, crafts, worship, campfires, and much more.

Celebrate Christmas Together

SHINE

Friday, October 13, 2017
Blankenbaker Campus


This annual event is a large, prom-style dance for adults ages 18 and older with developmental disabilities. The evening includes a visit to the salon, games, photo opportunities, dinner, karaoke, and a big dance! Registration is required. Information on formal clothes and registration will be posted in August.

Celebrate Christmas Together

Special Olympics

We offer sports all year, depending on the season. Sports include: basketball, softball, soccer, bowling, and cheerleading.


Special Olympics Bowling

Bowling will begin August 16, 2018. For more information, contact southeastspecialolympics@gmail.com.


Special Olympics Young Athletes

Mondays • Through November 20

A fun, family based pre-sports program offered through Special Olympics of KY. We provide a trained coach and fun equipment to help children ages 2-7 who are affected by a special need to participate in games, obstacle courses, and movement activities along with their peers, siblings, and parents.

Disabilities Holiday Party

Friday, November 17 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. • FH 1


Families, friends, and guests of the Deaf & Disabilities Ministry are invited to a holiday party! Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Wear holiday-themed clothes. No registration required.

PARENT SUPPORT

Weekend Group:

Our adult Weekend Group for parents and caregivers is a great place to participate in Bible study and fellowship, and share the bond of special needs parenting. This group will resume in the Fall.


Friday Night ALIVE:

Most 3rd Fridays • 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Blankenbaker Campus

Once a month, parents meet to share life and hear from a variety of guests on topics concerning their teen or adult sons and daughters. This group is offered at the same time as Friday Night ALIVE.

Accessibility

Blind and Visually Impaired
Words to songs for our weekend services are available in both Braille and large print. Braille can be picked up from our Connection Center in the Atrium of the Blankenbaker Campus. Large Print is found at the entrance to the Worship Center where bulletins are distributed.

Parking Lot A
Parking Lot A at the Blankenbaker Campus provides a shuttle that is easy to board and will drive you to the main doors that are under a covered portico.

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are available from greeters at the doors to help anyone needing assistance navigating the building.

Family Restrooms
Family Restrooms are located throughout the Worship Center at the Blankenbaker Campus. These are single rooms with space to position wheelchairs and walkers.

Serve

Volunteers are an essential part of this relationship-based ministry. Weekly volunteers get to know students so they receive consistent, quality care each time they attend our programs. Monthly volunteers come to Friday Night ALIVE other special events. Annual programs such as Camp Freedom and Shine could not provide individualized assistance for each guest without a strong and growing team.

Contact disabilities@secc.org to join us for volunteer training and learn what it takes to be a friend to people with disabilities.