Ministries for Families with Exceptional Needs
What is Embrace?
Embrace (formerly known as CARE) is a ministry that seeks to provide support, community, respite, and education for families who may have exceptional needs or circumstances. Our hope is that as a church we would follow Jesus’ calling in welcoming all individuals, regardless of need, and Embrace them into the body of Christ.
What support does Embrace offer families?
Embrace offers support for preschoolers, children, youth, and adults within the context of any church programming. This support may be a 1:1 friend, use of a sensory room, or the creation of an individualized support plan that allows a family or individual to participate successfully in the life of the church.
What is an exceptional need that could require support?
Embrace supports families who have a variety of needs – whether it is a defined special need or a need that arises due to a special circumstance, such as foster or adoption care.
What ministries are included under Embrace?
The Adoption/ Foster Care Ministry offers community through a monthly mom’s group, a foster/ adoption closet for families, and educational opportunities, such as the upcoming “Orphan Justice” class.
NightOWLS meets twice a month to provide respite for families that have children (ages 6 months – 13) with special needs. Volunteers serve as 1:1 friends during a fun-filled evening of activities!
YoungLife CAPERNAUM Club meets twice a month for youth (ages 13-22) with special needs for a night of fellowship, bible study, and fun!