Have you ever felt that you were unable to attend church without people giving you "the look" because your child was stimming or moving about too much during the service? We did not attend services for several years because The Prince was unable to endure the long service and was uncomfortable due to the loud organ music, bright lights and other sensory stimulation. It was lonely. I missed it. Especially at holidays like Christmas and Easter, but all the time too. I missed the support and the spiritual nourishment. Many of my ASD parent friends have told me they feel the same way.
We were fortunate to finally find a spiritual home at Miami Lakes Congregational Church. This fall, the church has initiated a special inclusive worship service on the 4th Sunday of every month at 4 PM. The service is held in fellowship hall, which is an open space allowing for movement and easily accessible. The lights are dimmed, music is by soft guitar, visual supports are used. The message is simple and presented in a variety of learning formats and the service lasts only 30 minutes.
For us, this is a safe place were families can worship together and everyone understands.
Come join us. I promise you will leave feeling uplifted, loved, and happy!