Rhythms of Grace at the Cathedral

Rhythms of Grace, a worship experience for special needs children and their families, continues on the first Sunday of the month at 1:00 in the Jones Building Basement. While Christ Church Cathedral welcomes worshipers of all ages and abilities at all services, Rhythms of Grace is a way for children with special needs to enjoy worship in their own way. An ecumenical service and playtime, the service was created so that parents could have a place where they could worship with their children without worrying about verbal disruptions, distracting movements or gestures. This special service is a supplement to our other service offerings.

At Rhythms of Grace we gather and play at a common activity as all are welcomed and made comfortable. We share a story from the Bible and then explore the story at learning centers, choosing from a variety of sensory and tactile activities adapted to each theme. We re-gather and break bread in a circle seated on small rugs and then pray our thanks and bid our friends goodbye until next time. The service is full of music, movement and laughter.

A typical Rhythms of Grace serviceA Typical Service

  • We gather and play at a common activity as all are welcomed and made comfortable.
  • We share a story from the Bible.
  • We explore the story at learning centers choosing from a variety of sensory and tactile activities adapted to each theme.
  • We hear the story of Jesus and God’s love for us.
  • We break bread in a circle seated on the chapel rug. We pray our thanks and bid our friends goodbye until next time.

Visit a photo gallery of the August 7, 2011, service.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if my child is disruptive?
    All children are welcome, regardless of their “acting out” behavior. We have a Safe Corner where children can rest and observe.
  • Are children accompanied?
    Parents, grandparents and/or caregivers are expected to join in the activities at Rhythms of Grace so children’s particular needs are met and they feel comfortable. There is a time for conversation and networking among adults.
  • Is there an age limit?
    No. Our program is hands-on and craft-based. We play on the floor and move to music. All ages are welcome!
  • Can siblings and friends attend?
    Absolutely!
  • Do I have to be an Episcopalian to come to Rhythms of Grace?
    No. We welcome all faith traditions to our service.
  • Do I need to call in advance?
    No. Just come. But if you have a particular need, call first so we can help to make it a successful first visit.

For more information contact Martha Lewis, Special Needs Program Coordinator, at 713-220-8455 or lighthouse@christchurchcathedral.org.

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