St. Paulís offers new adaptive worship service for families
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is offering a new experience of ecumenical worship, All God’s Children, that is designed to appeal to families with children of any age, and is especially appropriate for people with special needs. The community is invited to gather in the church’s Tucker Hall at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19. Services will be held on the third Sunday of the month thereafter.
In this service—a lively combination of music, prayer, Bible stories, movement, and Communion—there is no need to be still or quiet. The essential message of God’s love and joy for all God’s children is presented in a simplified, meaningful way.
Meg von der Heydt, director of Children’s Ministries at St. Paul’s, designed the All God’s Children service to be participatory as each person’s ability permits, and to accommodate the widest range of behaviors.
Parents and aides may also attend the short service followed by a time of fellowship. St. Paul’s rector, the Rev. Jeanne Leinbach, will celebrate.
All God’s Children provides a way for all families to connect with the community of faith, and experience meaningful, full-bodied faith formation while being nourished at the Lord’s table.
The church is located at 2747 Fairmount Blvd., and is wheelchair accessible. To find out more about the service, contact Meg von der Heydt at 216-932-5815.
Kim Fry is the director of communications at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.