Special Needs

Christ Fellowship’s Special Needs Ministry provides loving support and programs for the diverse population of our community with disabilities. We partner with all other ministries to assist individuals and families with disabilities.

We coordinate training and education about available resources within Christ Fellowship and our community while providing practical support. Our desire is to facilitate inclusion, accessibility and encouragement to individuals and families impacted by disabilities through programs as our "Shadow" ministry, therapeutic horseback riding, Wheelchair collection and distribution, art ministries, support groups and fellowship. 

We offer ASL interpretation and a welcoming community for our deaf and hard of hearing culture.

Events

The FALL 2015 Season Orientation and Training 

Find your place in the Special Needs Ministry. Come to the Registration and Orientation Session for new volunteers scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th and/or September 30th at 6pm at the Hand of Hope Center: 9303 Howell Lane, Palm Beach Gardens.  The class will cover an overview of the ministry, disability awareness and etiquette training and an opportunity to connect.  Email LorettaONO_SPAM@cftoday.org to register or for more information.

SIDEWALK CERTIFICATION CLASS

Class to be held at Hand of Hope Center on Saturday August 29 at 10am and Saturday October 10 at 10am. Come dressed with closed shoes. 

The class will include an overview of our therapeutic riding ministry, horse behavior & safety and sidewalk training based on PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)  Email AliciaS@cftoday.org to register or for more information. 

SHADOW MINISTRY TRAINING CLASS

The next Shadow Ministry training class (for new and veteran volunteers) is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 25th at 11am at the Special Needs Center. Registration is required. Email LorettaONO_SPAM@cftoday.org to register or for more information.

 

 

Special Needs Programs

Shadow Program

Provides one-on-one or small group assistance to individuals of all ages (children through adults) with disabilities during church services and church-sponsored events. Children and youth participate in programs while their parents attend worship services. Adults with disabilities participate in worship or any church programs with assistance as needed. At this time, we offer respite to the parent or caregiver while onsite and participating in worship or any of our Christ Fellowship events or programs. Contact us for additional information.

When: Available during all regularly scheduled worship services
Where: Gardens Campus and the Special Needs Center (available for all ages). Royal Palm Campus (up to 12 years old).
Cost: FREE
Signup: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for additional information. To request a shadow for your child or adult with special needs, download and complete the REQUEST FORM and return it to the Special Needs Center.

 

Access VIP Ministry

A Sunday School setting for individuals with disabilities of all ages (children and adults) who benefit from a small, flexible setting. Volunteer opportunities are available. Contact us for additional information.

When: Available during all regularly scheduled worship services
Where: Gardens Campus 
Cost: FREE
Signup: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for additional information.

 

Access Deeper

Access Deeper is a class offered to middle and high school students  at the Gardens Campus. Students with typical and special abilities together with unique learning styles learn about deep Biblical truths in an interactive environment. When: Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Where: Gardens Campus. Cost: FREE. Contact us for more information.

 

 

 

Access FRIENDS Ministry

Access FRIENDS class is a place where adults with intellectual disabilities (18 and older) can experience the joy of God's love and the freedom of celebrating who we are in Christ. We meet Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for singing, Bible stories and crafts.

When: Available Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Gardens Campus, Life Center, Room 214/215
Signup: Pre-registration is required. Volunteer opportunities available. Contact us to register or for additional information.

If you are an adult with developmental/intellectual disabilities and would like to connect or if you would like to volunteer email aliciasNO_SPAM@cftoday.org for more information.

 

Horseback Riding Program

The Horseback Riding Program promotes recreational riding with therapeutic benefits for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Our riding center is PATH/NARHA certified. We provide fellowship and support for the entire family. Horse shows and awards dinners are a part of the program. 

When: Saturdays, during spring and fall sessions
Where: Gardens Special Needs Center, 9265 Howell Lane
Cost: FREE
Signup: Space is limited for riders, and pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for additional information.

 

Wheelchair Ministry

The Special Needs Ministry collects wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes.

In partnership with Joni and Friends, Wheels for the World sends these collections to correctional facilities for refurbishment. Once refurbished, these are sent overseas to developing countries and given with the sharing of the Gospel to individuals with disabilities at no cost and with no strings attached.

The Special Needs Ministry's wheelchair lending closet assists individuals when in need of a wheelchair, walker, crutches or a cane and, when there is availability. It also partners with local organizations that serve people with disabilities.

If you are in need of a wheelchair, walker, crutches or a cane, or other type of durable medical equipment, please Contact us.

Wheelchair Drive
Through the efforts of our Wheelchair ministry leadership and volunteers, the Special Needs Ministry has been able to collect over 10,000 wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes. The new goal is to reach 20,000. Many helping hands are needed in order to reach this goal! Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.

 

Arts & Abilities

Art classes taught by teachers experienced in the area of special needs. Children with disabilities and siblings are encouraged to create, explore and grow. There are many opportunities to serve as room helpers, art teachers or shadows.

When: Available during our spring and fall seasons
Where: Gardens Campus Special Needs Center, 9265 Howell Lane
Cost: FREE
Signup: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for more information.

 

Moving Murals

With the guidance of our unique leaders and the help of many eyes and hands, Bible stories come to life through paintings, and in the process, the personal discovery of many talents occurs. These paintings are later put on display and used to share the wonderful stories of the Bible with others.

Contact us for more information.

 

Backyard Bible Club

A place where children learn about God’s love through interactive projects, music and stories.

When: Saturdays during the Fall and Spring Season
Where: Gardens Campus Special Needs Center
Cost: FREE
Sign up: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for more information.

 

Food Outreach and Fellowship

A place to connect, meet people, form relationships and belong. Individuals with disabilities, families, volunteers and guests come together for a time of fellowship, the breaking of bread together and learning from God's Word.

When: Saturdays, during fall and spring season, 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gardens Campus Special Needs Center, 9265 Howell Lane
Cost: FREE
Signup: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for more information.

 

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Ministry

We provide sign language interpreting during worship services and during our seasonal ministry programs.

Interpreted Services:
Gardens - Saturday 5 p.m.
Royal Palm - Saturday 6:30 p.m.
Stuart - Sunday 10:00 a.m. (by request)
Online- Sunday 6:00 p.m. Eastern time & Thursday 7:00 p.m. Eastern time(Log on: Live.GoChristFellowship.com)

If you sense God's calling to serve and are a qualified Sign Language interpreter, please contact us for more information. contact us 


CF has a NEW Mobile App:  “Christ Fellowship”   #ASL interpreted services are streamed On Demand throughout the week with this app on smartphones and tablets

Signing Classes
When: Saturdays
Where: Gardens Campus Special Needs Center
Beginning Sign Class:  9:00 a.m. During the Fall and Spring Season Ministry
Intermediate Class: 10:30 a.m. Year Round
Register: Contact us to register.

Bible Study through Signing
When: Saturdays at 5pm
Where: CAFE 242 at Gardens Campus
Register: Contact us to register.

Assisted Listening Devices available at the Welcome Center.

 

Support Groups

Special Women with Purpose: If you are a woman living a disabilities lifestyle (individual, mom, wife or friend of someone with a disability), join us monthly for a time of fellowship, support and resource awareness and a study of the Word. Come be encouraged and strengthened.

Men's Prayer and Bible Study Group: Meets weekly during the Fall and Spring season to fellowship, pray, study God's Word, support each other and overcome the challenges of a special needs lifestyle. We strengthen and encourage one another; Accountability and support are key elements. Family social gatherings are available throughout the year. We're open to dads, grand dads, caregivers, and friends of individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

  When: Call for next scheduled meeting
  Where: Gardens Campus Special Needs Center
  Signup: Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register or for additional information.

 

Special Assistance

Usher Assistance: Available to individuals with disabilities throughout all services. If you have a special need and need usher assistance in advance, contact us.

Joni and Friends Area Ministry: Christ Fellowship partners with Joni and Friends as an Area Ministry Center. Joni and Friends is a disability outreach founded by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a diving accident. The mission of Joni and Friends is to communicate the Gospel while equipping churches to evangelize and disciple people with disabilities.

 

Prayer Partners

Our prayer partners are a crucial element to our ministry and our church. In addition to praying for the specific needs of our community with disabilities, the prayer partners pray for the families and friends of our community with disabilities. If you are in need of prayer, contact us.

 
Contact Us

For more information please contact us using our online form.

 

Care

    Special Needs Groundbreaking

    Thank you to the Meyers

    Church Online ASL translation times

    Sundays 6pm ASL Interpreted Service

    Thursdays 7pm ASL Interpreted Service