Spirituality and Autism

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

This year we launched into challenging, but important waters; we began a ministry for and with children with disabilities, many of whom are on the autistic spectrum. Our care and support is also offered to the parents and families of these children who also need spiritual nurture. We meet during one hour on Sunday morning, opposite a worship service where parents and typical siblings can charge their own batteries. Our director designs the curriculum and trains our awesome volunteers. An advisory committee of very sharp folks worked for a year to research and plan All God’s Children. They continue to advise and resource us in so many ways.

Does this really make a difference with these kiddos?

One of our parents, Lora Hinkel, recently wrote about her son, Blake, and the impact of All God’s Children on his life:

He LOVES going and asks about and looks forward to it every week! He sings “Deep & Wide” around the house now…so cool! The other day when we were driving home from All God’s Children he was looking pensively out the window and said, “Jesus. God. Love.” I cried. Thank you!!!  You brought the church to my child and others.  What a wonderful thing!

  1. Jane says:

    How heart- and spirit-warming that is. Making a difference does make a difference for all; I hope the team takes the warmth in. Congratulations!

  2. Menina says:

    Tears on my face as I read Lora’s words–as a teacher I tried to always keep in my mind that, like God’s justice, we don’t always see the results immediately; the impact we have on others with words, deeds, and hearts, we often don’t get to witness–but it seeps into their fabric nonetheless and changes the pattern of the weave in subtle, permanent ways.

  3. Jan Coffman says:


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