All God’s People

A Service For All God’s People!

Autism_awareness_ribbon-20051114All God’s People, a program for people with special needs and their families, is a new ministry of Christ Congregational Church, occurring on the second Sunday of each month. Beginning at noon with lunch and a Sunday School craft, we then go at 12:30 to the sanctuary for a 30 minute interactive worship service with music, prayers, a scripture story, and communion.
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Designed for anyone for whom a traditional worship service is too long or too quiet, we practice a “no shush” rule.  Please join us for any church activity, but if this service seems best for you and yours, join us on the second Sunday of each month!

Just Look and See What The Brockton Enterprise had to say!

By Maria Papadopoulos

November 10. 2014 2:26AM

Brockton church holds service aimed at children with special needs

BROCKTON — Brendan Nixon clapped his hands energetically and sang “This Little Light of Mine” Sunday amid a group of parishioners at Christ Congregational Church.

AGP4aBrendan, 10, who has autism, took part in a special inclusive service held for the first time at the Pleasant Street church specifically for people with special needs and their families.

“We’re really excited about bringing God into his life,” said Brendan’s mother, Donna Nixon, 51, of Brockton. “Autism, it’s very difficult to understand the abstract, so we’re hoping that this will help teach him.”

AGP5aShe was among several parishioners who praised the 30-minute service, titled “All God’s People.” The service, which is open to the public, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at the church at 1350 Pleasant St., which is handicapped accessible.

Deana Colby of Brockton said she brought her 11-year-old son, Christopher, who has autism, to the service “to see how he likes it.”

“This way, he can come here and be himself and not be judged,” said Colby, 51, during a luncheon in the church hall before Sunday’s service began in the sanctuary.

Rev. Patricia Preaching, Dave Wilcox Signing

Rev. Patricia Preaching, Dave Wilcox Signing

As sunlight streamed through church windows, several participants sang religious songs as Beth Barefoot of Cambridge played the piano. A sign-language interpreter, David Wilcox, faced the participants and signed during each prayer and song.

“I do it for every service,” said Wilcox of interpreting the service using sign language.

The inclusive service will hopefully draw local families who might otherwise shy away from bringing their loved ones with special needs to church, officials said.

“This is one of the few churches here that actually shows how open and affirming they are, and how they can specialize and adapt to people’s needs,” Wilcox said. “I think that’s incredibly important.”

AGP2aThe idea for the service came after church officials visited a church in Attleboro that holds a similar service, said the Rev. Patricia Hayes, pastor at Christ Congregational.

Her congregation has about six families with special needs children, Hayes said.

“It’s a need in our congregation,” Hayes said. “We have families that come, stay for a few weeks, and then they just can’t sit in church.”

Hayes and others said the goal is to include people of all backgrounds and abilities, hence the name of the service: “All God’s People.”AGP6a

“That’s always the goal, is to include our kids in the community, which is very difficult to do,” said Nixon, Brendan’s mother.

Candace Savage, 57, of Brockton, who has a grandson on the autism spectrum, said it is important to her that he is welcomed to a place of worship.

“I’m here because I believe very much that God intends for all people to be welcome in His church,” Savage said.

For more information, call the church at 508-586-3022.

Maria Papadopoulos may be reached at mpapa@enterprisenews.com or follow on Twitter @MariaP_ENT.