Montclair’s St. John’s Episcopal Church To Offer Worship Service For Kid’s With Special Needs

St. John’s Episcopal Church has been a part of the Montclair community since 1902. It’s a welcoming place of worship, having organized an Interfaith Muslim – Christian service, supporting gay ordination in the church and more. Now the church is making families with children with special needs more welcome with its All God’s Children program beginning on January 8.

All God’s Children is a non-denominational Christian service designed to appeal to families with children of any age, and especially appropriate for children with Autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, ADD, Down’s Syndrome or any other developmental or physical challenge. In this service, there is no need to be still or quiet:

  • Widest range of behaviors acceptable
  • Short service (30 minutes)
  • Optional Communion
  • Parents/Aides attend with children
  • All participation optional as each child’s ability permits
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Food and fellowship following worship

The 30 minute service is a lively combination of music, prayer, Bible stories, movement and communion. “The essential message of God’s love and joy for all God’s children is presented in a simplified, meaningful way.” This service is not only for children with special needs, but a way to bring together so that they can learn together, and from each other, in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.

All God’s Children Service
Who: Children with special needs and without.
What: A special service for families with children with special needs.
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 55 Montclair Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: 9 am every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month beginning on January 8, 2012.
Cost: Free.


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  1. This sounds like a very welcoming congregation. Kudos to the Church for thinking outside the box! I am wondering if the typical services are inclusive as well, welcoming families with special needs?

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