So many reasons to come!
Lots of music & joyous singing
Brief, meaningful messages
Opportunities to serve, lead & learn
Community is welcome
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Our Rejoicing Spirits service provides an accepting, inclusive worship service designed to enrich the spiritual lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Word is shared through brief, concrete, meaningful messages in a music rich setting. The service is designed to capture the attention and engage individuals of all ages and abilities including individuals with special needs, families of young children and the elderly as well as their family, friends, caregivers and the greater New Kingstown community that enjoys rejoicing in the Glory of God.
Fellowship time at the conclusion of the 30-45 minute service provides an opportunity for building friendships, networking and enjoying some great snacks.
ALL FAITHS WELCOME
Many of our Rejoicing Spirits friends attend a traditional worship service at their local church. The Rejoicing Spirits service is not intended to replace this ideal worship opportunity, but to supplement it. However, many other individuals may not have the opportunity to participate in a regular worship service.
While virtually all churches have an all are welcome mentality; in reality, many of the services while accessible to individuals with special needs do not adequately meet their needs for simplified language and repetitive, concrete examples of the lesson. For these individuals, our Rejoicing Spirits service will hopefully meet their current spiritual needs and possibly serve as a stepping stone to begin attendance at a local church.
Additionally, many caregivers do not feel comfortable with what they perceive as potentially distracting behaviors to other members of a congregation. Rejoicing Spirits is a no-shush service. Everyone who attends is encouraged to participate according to their abilities.
Our RS friends are encouraged to participate in the service including reading the Gospel message, leading prayers, participating in an offering of individual prayers and serving as a greeter.