To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The 2012 Works of God Disability Conference is now available to watch or listen online.
Vision and Mission
We want to value and display the supremacy of God in disability and suffering.
Our mission is to include people with disabilities in the life and work of the church while building supportive relationships of love—to reach out and help families and individuals find the best fit for both growing in their faith and for exercising their spiritual gifts.
Learn more about our vision for Disability Ministry.
Our Coordinator for Disability Ministry oversees this ministry for all our campuses. For more information about any aspect of our Disability Ministry/Special Needs, contact Brenda Fischer (612-746-2650 x675).
Our Disability Ministry Offers ...
- Nursery Care: One-on-one aides for children with disabilities*
- Sunday School Inclusion: One-on-one aides for students with disabilities*
- His Works: a Sunday morning gathering for adults with cognitive disabilities (meets 9:00-10:30am at the North Campus in room C400)
- His Strength: a Sunday School class for children with special needs in preschool-8th grade (meets during Sunday School at the South Site in room A211)
- Individual Guidance: Personal direction and counsel for assimilation into Bethlehem
- Hope Keepers: This ministry for women caring for a family member with disabilities has quarterly gatherings for Biblical encouragement and fellowship.
- Prayer Ministry: Families are invited to submit their prayer requests which are emailed to our prayer team.
- Disability Section in the Bethlehem Church Libraries: Helpful and encouraging books on the topic of Disability
*If your child needs a one-on-one aide in Nursery or Sunday School, it is helpful if you let us know you will be coming. Please fill out a Family Registration Form and a Student/Child Information Form. These forms are required for placement with a one-on-one aide. We ask that you plan to come to class with your child until an aide has been placed.
Ways to Connect
- Small Groups: Receive spiritual encouragement, fellowship, and practical blessings. Contact Amy Katterson (612-746-2650 x651).
- Special Events Notification: Contact Brenda Fischer (612-746-2650 x675) if you would like to receive notice of gatherings and special events as well as ministry updates and information.
- One-On-One Aide: Serve as a one-on-one aide in a Sunday School class or in the nursery caring for a child’s practical and spiritual needs. Aides serve to encourage a child’s gifts and help the child be a part of the body of Christ.*
- His Works Partner: Work with adults with cognitive disabilities at our Sunday morning His Works gathering (North Campus). Partners serve as spiritual mentors and help with classroom needs.
- Volunteer in Various Roles: Help with events, correspondence, and other ministry activities.
If you are interested in volunteering, learn about how you can get involved.
*Training and support are provided for aide positions.
- Disability blog: The Works of God is written by John Knight. It includes Bible-saturated discussion and commentary on the topic of disbility.
- Blog posts for families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Days of Wonder and Grace This encouraging blog is written by a mom with many connections to Bethlehem. She writes insightfully, with a heart for Biblical truth, about parenting her daughter with FASD.
- See resources relating to Care/Special Needs.
- Read our current Family Discipleship Newsletter.