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Stamford Church Serves Kids With Special Needs

Stamford’s Church of Christ the Healer has introduced a new monthly Sunday service for which congregants are not expected to sit still. It’s called Rhythms of Grace, and it’s especially for families with children with physical, emotional, neurological or intellectual challenges. Participants may worship as they choose. They can move around or sit quietly, join in the service or not – whatever they prefer.

“For some of us, our minds run faster than our senses can keep up,” said the Rev. Kate Heichler, pastor of Christ the Healer. “For others, our minds go slower than our bodies want to move. This service welcomes children and adults to open their spirits to God’s love, however that is experienced.”

The service is modeled after one started several years ago by the Rev. Audrey Scanlan of Church of Our Savior in Plainville. She started it for children with Down’s syndrome and autism.

As children enter the church, several activities help prepare them for “church time.” They then hear Bible stories, enjoy arts and crafts and become engaged in a circle of prayer and song. Eleanor Christensen, a retired learning specialist and teacher, heads the planning team.

This month’s service will take place this Sunday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. Christ the Healer is located at 20 Brookdale Road, at the corner of High Ridge Road. For more information, contact Heichler at (203) 415-1962.

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