Christ the Redeemer Church
427 W. 37th St., Norfolk 23508
Office Phone: 757-226-8700
Contact: Janis Campbell
Special Friends, Children Special Education: We currently attempt to integrate each child when appropriate into a Bible Study classroom with his/her peers. Upon availability and necessity we partner children with an adult “buddy” to assist the current teachers in teaching each child about the love of Jesus. We recently have begun a special education class at 11:00am every other week for children who benefit from a more specialized classroom environment. When you first register, we rely on you to let us know of your child’s special needs. We may ask your child to participate in a four-week pull-out class. This allows us time to understand your child’s needs and to arrange a “buddy” to work with your child if appropriate.
Adult Special Education Bible Study: Meets at 11:00am for adults with disabilities
American Sign Language Interpretation is available for the 9:30am service.
First Support Encouragement Groups are available for a variety of needs including Seizure Disorders and Parkinson’s disease.
Please call Rev. Brett Carroll at 757-461-3226 to discuss available groups, dates and times. All encouragement groups are safe, Christ-centered, and designed to assist you in becoming everything in life that God wants you to be.
First Baptist Church of Norfolk
312 Kempsville Road, Norfolk 23502
Office Phone: 757-461-3226
Contact: Beth G. Simpkins
Minister of Childhood Development
Special Education Advocate
We’re pleased to present our newest, ground-breaking ministry here at NBC–it’s the “ACCESSS CLASS” for adults with special learning needs. This bible study class is designed to offer a specialized training to give increased access to God’s truth and the glory of the gospel. Norview is very blessed to have a certified Special Education teacher leading the class. Our “ACCESS CLASS” is an outreach of inclusion, that is, reaching out to our special needs community in Christian love and compassion. Class begins at 9 am, concluding at 10:30 am. Additionally, all class members as well as their families, friends and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend the regular worship service at 10:45 am. The “ACCESS CLASS” helps learners understand how God’s presence can be seen in their lives and what it truly means to be a Christian.
Norview Baptist Church
1127 Norview Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23513
Contact: Kate Minnick
We are a group of Christians who believe God’s word is for everyone no matter what disability they may have and that everyone should be able to worship God freely. There are no age restrictions currently members that attend are from 14-45. This group typically meets at 6:30 pm on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mondays of each month for refreshments, socializations and sharing good things that have happened to members since our last meeting. Usually there will be some dancing, games, and crafts and then a time of worship where leaders in conjunction with members will share God’s word so that all will understand. Most nights will include praise worship music, ending prayer requests and final announcements. Please visit our website for more information on outings scheduled throughout the year.
The Chosen Ministry
Azalea Baptist Church
3314 E. Little Creek Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23518
Contact: Grayson Leach
We strive to be an inclusive, welcoming parish.
All school aged children are encouraged to participate in the religious education program. Students with learning differences or in need of special accommodations can be taught individually or in a full inclusion setting, depending on the needs of the child. All people, including adults with developmental, cognitive or physical disabilities, are welcome and encouraged to participate in all ministries of the parish.
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
6400 Newport Ave., Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-282-8000
Contact: Karen Jackson, Parish Advocate
Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception
232 Chapel Street, Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-622-4487
Contact: Mrs. Barbara Wright
Director of Christian Formation
We are a vibrant, egalitarian, Conservative Jewish congregation, striving to meet the spiritual, educational, life cycle and social needs of our diverse membership. Through fulfillment of mitzvot, we provide opportunities for meaningful living for our synagogue memebership.
7255 Granby Street, Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-489-4550
Contact: Rabbi Michael Panitz
We do not have one specific program but try to include everyone in all aspects of ministry. We have a hearing assistance program with transmitters for individual use and have large print bulletins and hymnals for people who are visually impaired. We are wheelchair accessible with two elevators and ramps and we also accommodate people with any other special needs.
First Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk 23517
Office Phone: 757-625-1953
Contact: Lisa Geiger
Gray Puryear runs the “Happy Hour Class” for adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. The class was started in 1967 and provides social experiences in a faith based setting. Some of the people who participate in the Happy Hour Class are full members of the church. Members of the Happy Hour Class Bell Choir periodically perform during services and have even been out in the community to perform.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
288 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-588-8410
Contact: Gray Puryear
We have a wheelchair ramp at our main entrance. A sign language interpeter is provided at our 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service. For people with hearing impairments, hearing assistance headsets with transmitters are available for individual use. For people with visual impairments, our on screen video for hymnal lyrics, praise music lyrics, scripture, and sermon highlights are in large print. We are open to discuss how we can include everyone.
Zion Grace United Methodist Church
1440 W. Little Creek Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23505
Contact: Pastor Scott Beck
Crossroads Church offers a monthly support group for parents raising children with disabilities called Living in Holland. The group currently meets on the 4th or 5th Monday of the month, September through June. Crossroads Church has a buddy ministry on Sunday mornings offering one to one partnering with children who have special needs at the 9:00 am service.
1127 Surrey Crescent
Norfolk, VA 23508
Office phone: (757) 961-0350
Contact person: Katie Moorman
Phone number: 757-512-4193
We believe every child has been created by God and can know Him. For children with special physical or mental challenges who need individual assistance in order to fully participate, every effort is made to connect each child with a Buddy who will assist him or her during programming. This is a deliberate process, taking into consideration the needs of the child and concerns of the parents in order to make the best match between each child and Buddy. Due to this process, it may be necessary for a family to wait until just the right volunteer is found. Services on Sunday, 9:15 am and 11:00 am.
Grace Bible Church
1121 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, 23518
Office Phone: 757-496-5700
Contact: Carrie Price
Tabernacle Church provides a buddy system for children needing assistance during the religious education classes. Please contact Susan Hilton at the church phone number to discuss your child’s needs.
Tabernacle Church of Norfolk
7000 Granby Street, Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-440-8224
Contact: Susan Hilton
Director of Children’s Ministry
We provide “shadowing” for any child that needs help during religious education classes and we are happy to make any accommodations necessary for adults and children to assist in worship or religious education. We also provide a respite ministry on Saturday afternoons, four times a year for parents with children who have disabilities. Contact Rebecca Howell for details.
Trinity Presbyterian Church
1600 Colonial Ave., Norfolk
Contact: Rebecca Howell
We provide an inclusion setting for children with disabilities and provide assistants if necessary.
First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk
820 Colonial Ave., Norfolk
Office Phone: 757-625-1697
Contact: Dana Blair Carroll