Special Needs

Abilities Enabled

Dedicated to ministering to those among us who have special needs by:

  • Creating a church home for persons with all abilities to connect to God
  • Providing an environment to connect with and support individuals who have special abilities and needs, as well as connect with their families and friends
  • Reaching others who witness God's love and grace lived out through ministry to persons with special needs

Sunday Morning Connect Classes & Volunteer Opportunities: 

Special Needs Parent Support Group
11am  |  Rm 763
A Sunday Class for parents, singles, and adults of all ages who may have a friend or family member with special needs. For more information about this class, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.

AE (Ages 6-12)
11am  | Rm 360
A Sunday School class (Sunday Morning Connect) for children with special needs, ages 6-12. We embrace each child's special needs and provide a safe environment where they can learn about Jesus in a more sensory-integrated environment. Children worship through music, prayer, crafts, and play. We also provide shadows for children who are able to participate in their peer classes with support.

AE Teens (Ages 13-17)
11am  |  Rm 764/765
A Sunday School (Sunday Morning Connect) class for teens and preteens with special needs, ages 13-17. This class is more structured and uses the TEACCH method through which teens can worship, do crafts, pray, and learn about Jesus. We also provide shadows for teens who are able to attend youth ministry programs with support.

AE Adults (Ages 18+)
11am  |  Rm 732
A Sunday Morning Connect (Sunday School) class for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. We offer worship, prayer time and a Bible lesson with discussion. It is a great time of learning and fellowship in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. For more information about this class, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.

Shadow Buddies Needed
The Abilities Enabled Ministry needs fun loving volunteers to serve as Shadow Buddies in the children’s Sunday School classrooms. No experience or special skills necessary, only open arms and a loving heart. Volunteers must fill out an application and background check form and be at least 8th grade to adult. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Leigh Sawtelle at 919.981.0222 x161.

Click HERE to fill out a volunteer application and background check.

Respite Care

Friday, October 11
6 - 9pm  |  Rm 321, 359, 360, 764, 756
Once a month our Respite program provides a break for families with children with special needs. This typically occurs on the second Friday of the month. Respite includes crafts, snacks, playground time, movies, and plenty of games. Both children with special needs — from 6 to 14 years of age — and their siblings 12 and under are welcome!

Below you will find the necessary forms for Respite Attendance. Please print and fill these out prior to attending Respite in 2019.

Upcoming Respite Dates for 2019:
November 8
December 13