Accessibility Policies

At Keller Park Church (KPC), we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate, contribute, and belong to our community. We also believe that people with disabilities positively affect and enhance human diversity and community life. Therefore, in keeping with biblical teachings and our theological beliefs, we at KPC adopt the following policies:

  1. We value people with disabilities as created in the image of God, as loved and cherished by God, and as co-laborers in the kingdom of God.
  2. We consider all people—with disabilities and without—to have gifts from the Holy Spirit, and we encourage everyone to enrich congregation life by practicing their faith and using their gifts in ministries of discipleship, leadership, and mission. 
  3. We endeavor to integrate people with disabilities into all ministries and activities of the church. This includes worship, education, CREW (youth group), koinonia groups, outreach, and other activities.
  4. We seek to name, understand, and attend to the special spiritual, physical, and psychological needs of those of us affected by disabilities, including caregivers, and will offer training to respond appropriately to disability issues and to raise awareness in our congregation.
  5. We practice the Christian ordinances of baptism and communion in ways that accommodate everyone in our congregation, including persons with disabilities and persons with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
  6. We strive to create physical spaces, sounds, visuals, and objects that accommodate people with disabilities so that everyone can participate fully. This includes but is not limited to worshiping in wheelchair-accessible spaces, providing noise-canceling headphones, maintaining a “movement zone” designed for sensory-processing integration, and providing simple, large-print text for all worship and Scripture reading.
  7. We will modify any policy, practice, that tends to exclude those of us with disabilities from any aspect of congregational life, and we will accomplish this through ample discussion with all parties involved.

*Adapted with permission from Terry A. DeYoung and Mark Stephenson, eds., Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Reformed Church Press, 2013).