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 from September thru May on our Lexington Campus. See here for the 2019 ASL Summer Schedule. If you need an ASL interpreter at Grace, contact our Deaf Ministry Vivian Marcano.
Our primary purpose in SHINE 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 be able to access the Kidstown curriculum in the most appropriate setting according to their needs.
Our SHINE Ministry serves children in Kidstown and Student Ministries at the Lexington campus aiming to provide the most appropriate setting for each child to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Each child has one or two dedicated “buddies” that will rotate throughout the ministry year, September through June. At the Lexington Campus, your child and buddy meet in room G-7 and then proceed to their grade-level appropriate class with other children involved in the Grace Chapel Kidstown. Room G-7, at our Lexington Campus, remains the home base for our SHINE Kids all morning, and also serves an optional classroom for those where the grade-level classroom is not a good fit. Kidstown curriculum is taught to all SHINE students including G-7.
A Life Community for adults whose lives have been impacted by either cognitive or learning disabilities, their families and friends.
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.
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. If you have willing heart but you've never done this kind of work, don't worry! We offer training and support for our volunteers. For more information, contact Kevin Chua.
Grace Chapel has wheelchair-accessible entrances at all campuses.