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Accessibility Matters

at FC Indy!

Some of the ways we strive to be a place of inclusivity for all is to remember some of us are disabled and differently abled. Here is a list of the ways in which FC Indy is accessible and you can always email to check in with anything we may have missed!

• The building is wheelchair accessible, including a family restroom on the first floor 

• There is wheelchair accessible parking

• We have a lift at FC Indy to ensure those who may not be able to use stairs can go to the second floor or the basement

• In the front of the sanctuary we have a "prayground" a place for all ages to be comfortable and relaxed while engaging with senory and calming activities such as coloring (see photo below) 

• We use a large font on our bulletins and newsletters 

• We recently approved a pet policy ensuring those with pets for physical or mental assistance will be welcomed (policy is below)

• If one is unable to attend due to mental or physical health, we offer our sevices online and over the phone (access options below)


• There are varying areas in the church sanctuary with wheelchair access (see photo below)

What have we missed? Let us know! 

More about UCC Disabilities Ministries Accessible to All here

More about UCC Mental Health Network WISE  here

Policy Regarding Animals in the Building

September 2021

As a WISE church, First Congregational UCC recognizes the need and benefit that an animal may provide to someone, especially when attending worship at our building.

o      An animal may be needed to assist with physical limitations

o   The ADA defines a service animal as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the service animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. 

o   We welcome people with service animals on ministry premises.  Ministry leaders may ask individuals with service animals a few questions, including:

o Is the animal required because of a disability?

o  What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

o      An animal may be desired to assist with emotional support

o   An emotional support animal (also known as a comfort animal) provides reassurance just by being with a person.  Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and many other species can serve as emotional support animals.

o   Our church has chosen to allow emotional support animals on its premises, if these two conditions are met:

o  The animal owner has obtained prior approval from the pastor, or the pastor’s designee;

o The animal does not pose a threat of harm or disruption to others.

Individuals who bring a service or emotional support animal onto our premises are expected to:

1.     Keep the animal harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with an animal’s work or an owner’s disability prevents them from using these devices.

2.     Control the animal through voice signal or other effective controls, if the animal cannot be harnessed, leashed, or tethered.

3.     Be responsible for properly containing and disposing of all animal waste.

4.     Be responsible for all damages and/or injuries caused by the animal.

The church does not have to provide care, food, or a special location for the service or emotional support animal to relieve itself.  We reserve the right to remove an animal from the premises if it:

1.     Is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it.

2.     Poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

3.     Is not housebroken.

The church has the following expectations:

1.     Animals should be well-behaved and not interrupt worship proceedings.

2.     Animals should be trained to not soil or damage furnishings.

3.     Animals should remain with their owner

Recognizing that some people may have severe allergies to animals or fear/dislike of specific kinds of animals, we will try to mutually accommodate the situation so all are comfortable and feel welcomed.

Approved by Church Council 9/15/21

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