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Embrace Special Needs

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Creating opportunities for the entire family to worship and study God’s Word

Embrace, our special needs ministry, connects individuals of all abilities to our Sunday morning experience. We offer one-on-one pal support and host classes for children, teens, and young adults with special needs.

We also offer family support and special events throughout the year, which are open to families from all campuses.

Planning your first visit? Let us know you are coming by filling out the form below!

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Sunday Services

Offerings vary by campus

Join us on Sunday at 9 and 11am as we gather to worship and encounter God's Word together. Our volunteers serve as one-on-one pal support for each participant as they join in either an inclusion or specialized environment.


Please see below for classes by campus, and fill out the form below to let us know you're coming.

Bee Cave Sunday Services

9am & 11am
Specialized Teen & Young Adult Class | Bldg A-301
Specialized Kids Class (Birth-5th) | Bldg A-304
Inclusion Ridge Kids (Birth-5th)

9am
Inclusion Middle School Service

11am
Inclusion High School Service

Dripping Springs Sunday Services

9am
Inclusion Middle School Service

11am
Inclusion Ridge Kids (Birth-5th)
Inclusion High School Service

Southwest Sunday Services

9am
Specialized Teen & Young Adult Class | Bldg B-113
Specialized Kids Class (Birth-5th) | Bldg B-112
Inclusion Ridge Kids (Birth-5th) & Middle School Service

11am
Inclusion High School Service

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Dads Night Out & Moms Night Out

Various dates throughout the year

Join us for special events throughout the year designed just for moms and dads, to connect with others walking a similar journey.

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Embrace Moms

Second Thursdays; 10am

Find spiritual encouragement and community with other moms at this monthly gathering that includes guided discussion, light refreshments, and childcare.

Prayer Requests

It is a joy to have the opportunity to pray for you and your family. Please fill out the form to submit your prayer request for our Embrace prayer team; all requests will remain confidential.

Serve with Us

Join our special needs ministry and provide one-on-one pal support on Sunday mornings or help with our special events throughout the year. The first step is meeting with our team by phone; please email Laura Benton to schedule a call.

Embrace Team

  • Amy Sutherland

    Amy Sutherland

    Amy is a native Austinite and graduate of Baylor University. She is passionate about making church accessible and welcoming for all families. She is married to Bo, and they are raising three teenage girls, Trinity, Felicity and Charity. In their free time they enjoy traveling, hiking and exploring new restaurants. Amy is passionate about helping others identify their strengths and use them to serve others!

  • Laura Benton

    Laura Benton

    Laura was born and raised in the sunny state of CALIFORNIA!!! She grew up in Southern California, where she enjoyed her summers at the beach, and then moved to Northern California, where she attended college at San Jose State. She earned her degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Mathematics, but let’s be honest; she mostly went to school to play water polo. Laura, her husband, Dan, and her three girls, Cassidy, Libby, and Emily, made the trek out to Austin in August 2018. It is Laura’s great joy to have fun serving people, which is what she is doing as a ministry assistant for Embrace and Women's Ministries. While she may never get used to the weather in Texas, Laura still enjoys playing water polo, being silly with her kids, and finding any reason to go on an adventure!