Embrace Ministry

For families with exceptional needs

What is Embrace? 

Embrace Ministry 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 may look like one-to-one support, 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 diagnosis or a need that arises due to a special circumstance, such as foster care or adoption. As the needs of our community change, we aim to grow and adapt alongside them to ensure that everyone may participate in the life of the church. If you are new to Signal Pres or would like to get involved with Embrace, please get in touch. We would love to learn how we can best serve and enjoy you and your family!


I’d like to participate! What’s the next step?

Embrace Ministry offers several programs for individuals and families with a variety of needs. Take a minute to check out those programs below, and then please fill out the interest form to help us better understand how we can serve you and your family. Cara Rock, Director of Embrace Ministry, will review your responses and reach out to set up a time to talk. We find that having an opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other enables us to make the best accommodations possible for your family.




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 as we care for children with special needs and their typical siblings–while their parents get a much needed night out! Volunteers are the heart and soul of NightOWLS. In addition to 1:1 volunteers, we’re always looking for help with crafts, games, and a variety of other roles.

NEXT NIGHTOWLS // Feb 10-11, Mar 10-11, Apr 14-16, May 5-6

For more info or to volunteer, contact Celestial Allen.

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Young Life Capernaum clubs provide a place for young people of all ability levels (ages 14-22) to come build meaningful relationships, have fun, and hear about Jesus! For more info contact Christina Dowlen, Director of YL Capernaum.

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We maintain a foster/adoption closet for families in need of supplies such as clothing, toys, cribs, strollers, and other essentials for families bringing babies and children into their homes. To donate items or set up a time to shop the closet, get in touch with Cara.

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The Adoption & Foster Care Ministry offers community through a mom’s group, where women of all ages and life stages both support one another through the unique challenges of foster care and adoption and celebrate important milestones and victories together.

NEXT MEETING // Stay tuned!

Contact Cara for more information.

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NightOWLS has given our son a place where he can be himself in a world that doesn’t always accept him

-NightOWLs Parent

We know you love our son and we really appreciate the attention and care that you have shown him over the years. You guys are truly Christ - like.

– NightOWLS Parent

I just want to let you know that the staff at night owls has always been understanding and kind. I really appreciate you.

– NightOWLS Parent

As Christians, we have a clear call to love others as we would like to be loved. (in fact, how have been loved) Sometimes, it is hard to see how to do that. In NightOwls however, we have a clear path to loving others. It is one of our purest ministry opportunities and has been a blessing to our family.

– Curt C., Volunteer

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Embrace Ministry Staff

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Cara Rock

Director of Embrace Ministry

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Celestial Allen

Director of NightOWLS

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Interested in Volunteering?

Join us at a NightOWLS to shadow a current volunteer.

Next Nightowls

September 9-10
October 21-22
November 18-19 

Volunteer with Embrace Ministry




M-F // 8 AM-5 PM


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