- Sunday | April 15, 2018
- 5:00 pm
- St. Paul's Chapel of the Cross
In honor of national Autism Awareness month in April, we’re highlighting “All God’s Children,” St Paul’s special monthly service designed to make worship more welcoming and accessible for young children and people with special needs. At each All God’s Children service, children hear a biblical story and participate in a variety of therapeutic sensory activities related to the day’s theme – from exploring shells or floating candles, to planting seeds, weaving our prayers into fishing nets, or playing with color and light.
The service is designed with short attention spans in mind, and there’s lots of singing and movement. When it’s time to pray, we take hold of a big, soft “prayer rope” that helps us feel our connection to God and to each other. We celebrate the Eucharist gathered informally around a low table, repeating the joyful refrain “Holy, Holy, Holy” as we share the bread and the wine. The “cross parade” is a highlight of each service, and the children eagerly wave small wooden crosses or ribbons and lead us all in a joyful march around the worship space. And then, of course, it’s time for snacks and fellowship!
Our service at St. Paul’s is part of a larger church-wide movement to develop liturgies that reflect and accommodate the diverse needs of the people of God. Our goal is to offer worship, spiritual formation and community that are welcoming and accessible to all ages and all abilities. We know that special-needs children and parents may feel particularly overwhelmed or unwelcome in a traditional church service, and we want to help remove barriers and open new possibilities for everyone to experience God’s love in community. No one is too loud or too squirmy to worship God!
Come join us at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, and on the 3rd Sunday of each month to experience this intimate and inviting celebration of God’s grace.