Access Ministry We exist to facilitate inclusion inside the life of the church for individuals with special needs and their families.

Access Provides

  • Disability awareness and etiquette training for the church leadership and congregation
  • Assistance for families in determining best classroom placement for loved one with special needs
  • Assistance for teachers in developing accommodations for additional needs and providing supports when necessary to ensure inclusion whenever possible
  • Education of differing needs for youth group and children to help them better understand and interact with their friends with disabilities.
  • Encouragement to those with special needs to discover spiritual gifts and look for opportunities where they can use those gifts.
  • A means for engaging socially through our Access Club and Circle of Friends classes
  • A chance to study God’s Word

Access Events

*COF- Circle of Friends *FFT- Packing for Food for Thought at Rowan Helping Ministries * Please note the location may change from club to club. * ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

November 3rd - Access Sunday

11:00 service at FBC. PLEASE plan to come and be part of this special service!

November 9th Thursday, November 29th

FRIENDSGIVING CLUB- come celebrate friendship, make a barn quilt, enjoy games, food and fun!
(10-1pm in the fellowship hall)

November 27th

FFT with COF

December 5th

Living Christmas Tree and serve dinner for the Bethel Community ( dinner at 530 and performance at 7 pm)- Tickets will be required for this free event.

December 14th

( time TBA) - trip to Billy Graham Library

January 11th

(10-1pm in the fellowship hall) GAMES GALORE ACCESS CLUB with prizes and food.

January 22nd

FFT with COF

February 29th

( Time TBA) ACCESS CLUB TAKES ON THE POLAR PLUNGE- assisting our friends at Special Olympics raise funds!

February 26th

FFT with COF

March 14th

( 2-5pm in the First Ministry Center) VARIETY SHOW- joining friends from the community, churches and schools to showcase their talent.

March 25th

FFT with COF

April 22nd

FFT with COF April 25th- ( 10-1pm in the fellowship hall) - PIRATE PALOOZA- Ahoy there mates.. come join us for some food, fun and a wild time pirate style.

May 27th

FFT with COF May 30th- ( 10-1 in the gym)- SMASH AND SPLASH SUMMERTIME SPECTACULAR! Yes.. you may get wet and/ or dirty!

Access Offerings

Access Club

A bimonthly community outreach ministry with individuals, 13 years and older, who have differing mental and physical needs. It is a time of FUN and fellowship. Trips into the community to experience living life to the fullest are a part of this loving ministry. Mentors provide acceptance, friendship and the gift of time and love.

Access Sunday School

New class beginning Sun., September 2. We meet weekly at 9:45 in Room 302 of the main church building.

Circle of Friends

Young adults, 16 years and older, with intellectual disabilities will gather on Wednesday nights to worship, study God’s Word, and engage in service opportunities. Mentors provide one-on-one, personal and meaningful relationships and are the key to this caring ministry. 

Happiness Retreat

A three day, two night summer retreat for people with developmental disabilities. The retreat has gathered annually since 1974 and is located at Caraway Conference Center. Last year, we were some of the 800 youth and adults that attended one of the four sessions of the Happiness Retreat.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Access Ministry, please send us a message below and we will be in contact with you.

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For further information

For further information on the Access Ministry, please contact Mary Ann Cody or Jtan Whisenant

If you are interested in joining our club, please inquire below: