Special Needs

Abilities Enabled

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

  • Creating a church home enviroment for persons of all ages with disibilities to worship learn and connect to God
  • Providing support to individuals, children and their famlies as they navigate the waters of the special needs community
  • Reaching the  Raleigh community to witness God's love and grace lived out through the lives of famlies as our wonderful volunteers.

Sunday Morning Connect Classes & Volunteer Opportunities: 
*Due to the necessary precautions surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Abilities Enabled is postponing all meetings until further notice. Please visit crossroads.org/coronavirus for more updates!

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 main-stream classes as needed.

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 a more structured environment. Teens can worship, do crafts, pray, and develop a relationship with Jesus. We also provide shadows for teens who are able to attend youth main-stream programs as needed.

AE Adults (Ages 18+)
11am  |  Rm 732
A Sunday Morning Connect (Sunday School) class for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up. Group homes are encouraged to attend. 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 Sunday mornings during 11am service and Friday night Respite. No experience or special skills necessary, just a heart for the special needs community. Volunteers must fill out an application and background check form and be at least 8th grade to adult. 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, September 11
6 - 9pm  |  Rm 359, 360
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 15 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 2020.

Upcoming Respite Dates for 2020:
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11