Matthews, NC -- A 12-year-old with Cerebral Palsy was asked to leave church during Easter services.
Jackson Helms went to church with his family. Right after the opening prayer inside Elevation's sanctuary, mom Kelly Helms says he voiced his own kind of "Amen."
"We were very abruptly escorted out," says Helms. She says a church volunteer took her and Jackson to an overflow area to wait out the rest of the service.
"I don't think I ever felt like that before in my whole life. It was not a good feeling," says Helms.
Helms tried to turn the situation into a way to help others. She claims she emailed the pastor with an offer to start a ministry for special needs children. It was rejected.
Elevation employees say the church focuses on worship, not ministries. And in a statement, a church spokeswoman said "it is our goal at elevation to offer a distraction-free environment for all our guests. We look forward to resolving any misunderstanding that has occurred."
However, the pastor has since contacted a group that connects people with developmental challenges to community resources and requested special needs training for his staff.