Ephesians 2:10����� For we are his workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ESV
In the winter of 2003 the father of a six year old boy with autism, struggled in his ability to worship undistracted by his son�������s difficulty in participating in the Liturgy as well as being unable to function without assistance in
Sunday school. After reaching out to his Congregation, it was that spring that a Rhythms of Grace
Worship service came to fruition and was able to provide a celebration of Holy Communion and spiritual formation in a nurturing, therapeutic, and sensitive approach by way of a
learning style that was conducive to fostering this young boy�������s gifts and be
fully embraced into the Body of Christ.
Create, with God, an even way in your wilderness... a river in your desert.
Celebrate God�������s great Rhythms of Grace.
Rhythms of Grace Offers families of a child with special needs, worship and faith formation that fits into your lives... We offer the following: First, we understand that your child�������s
spiritual development is important. We know it�������s important to you, we believe it�������s important to the whole community, and we have faith that it�������s important to God. Second, Rhythms of Grace provides a way for all families to connect with a community of faith and share your faith practice and the many
blessings and challenges that your child brings to your life.
Our roots are in the Episcopal tradition, but all are welcome! The Episcopal Church offers the gifts of an inclusive ethos paired with a careful regard for structure, dignity and ritual. Born in an Episcopal church, Rhythms of Grace is
Anglican in nature but intended as wholly ecumenical.
There should be no doubt that Rhythms of Grace is a deeply Christian program�������we regard Jesus as Savior and Lord, and following Christ�������s mandate in the
Great Commission, we seek to �������make
disciples of all nations.�������(Matthew 29:19)
Rhythms of Grace has also always been overtly
sacramental... We believe that in the
nourishment of Christ�������s body and blood, we are renewed and receive spiritual grace to carry us forward. By virtue of the loving and inclusive nature of God and Jesus������� work in the world, ours is an
open table. All who come are welcome to receive the
sacrament and b e strengthened in Christ. It is also possible to come, participate in the stories and activities and prayers and not receive communion. (Different traditions have varying understanding and expectation about the reception of Holy Communion and those guidelines are respected in our setting.)
Rhythms of Grace is grounded in
scripture and our Baptismal
Covenant... Jesus calls for us to care for each other and to give, lovingly. Our call as ministers of
the Gospel is to offer spiritual nurture to all. Rhythms of Grace is a way to extend Christ�������s hand in this world. For families with
exceptional children, the need is great. But, traditional liturgy does not often provide the room for spontaneity that families with special needs require and many conventional church Sunday schools are not equipped to minister to a special population. A Rhythms of Grace
service offers respect in its efforts to provide a form of liturgy that make sense to those who learn in different ways.
Founders of Rhythms of Grace and its Curriculum:
The Rev. Audrey
Scanlan is co-founder of the curriculum for Rhythms of Grace and prior Director at Church of Our Savior in Plainville, Ct. she has a rich background in Christian formation and
experience working with at-risk children.
Linda Snyder is a co-founder and prior Director of Rhythms of Grace at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington, CT. Linda is now Director of ROG at St James Church in New Hartford, CT. She serves as missioner for children and adults at the Episcopal Diocese of CT.
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Romans 1:11-12... "I want very much to see you, to give you some spiritual gift to make you strong. I mean that I want us to help each ther with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me and my faith will help you."(ICB)