Special Needs Ministries

Here at Grace Chapel, our desire is to include people with disabilities into all aspects of our church's community. We also understand that some needs are best met one-on-one, and we are committed to meeting individual needs to the best of our ability.

We currently offer:

 Sign Language Services: ASL-interpreted Sunday morning worship service every Sunday at 9:15 on our Lexington Campus. If you need an ASL interpreter at Grace, contact our Deaf Ministry or Vivian Marcano.

SHINE! Kids Sunday School: Chlidren with Special Needs are a Special Part of our NextGen Ministry – they SHINE! Our primary purpose in SHINE! Kids is to encourage your child with special needs in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through the loving relationship with a caring adult. Our goal on Sunday mornings is for our SHINE! Kids to participate in a “full integration” format, at our Lexington, Wilmington, and Watertown campuses in both Kidstown and Student Ministries.

Each child has one or two dedicated “buddies” that will rotate throughout the Sunday school year. Your child and buddy meet in room G-7 and then proceed to their “age-level” appropriate Sunday school class with other children involved in the Grace Chapel Kidstown Curriculum.

Exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis so that the best possible support is provided for each child and family. Room G-7 remains the home base for our SHINE! Kids all morning whenever needed. For more information about SHINE! at our campuses, or to inquire about being a buddy to one of our awesome kids, contact Elena Hogan.

STARS, a Life Community for adults whose lives have been impacted by either cognitive or learning disabilities, their families and friends. This group is led by Will and Heather Oliver and meets 6:15pm in room 105, following the evening worship service. Please join us whether you are interested in attending or serving!
Contact: Heather Oliver

Pre- & Post-natal Support: Comfort and support program for families addressing a worrisome pre- or post-natal diagnosis with a new baby. This program is led by Julie and Chris Messina.

Volunteer Opportunities: We believe that people of every age and every ability, from birth through senior years, matter to God and should be given the same opportunities. At SHINE! we are working to love as Jesus has commanded us in 1 John through providing opportunities to serve within our ministry. Whether you are looking for a one-time serving opportunity or an ongoing commitment, we have a fit for you! Please take a look at our list of programs and opportunities. If you've never done this kind of work, don't worry! We offer training and support for our volunteers. For more information, contact Elena Hogan.

Grace Chapel has wheelchair-accessible entrances at all campuses.