I love it when something new exceeds expectations. We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon attending church--all three of us, together the whole time.
That's a big deal, and quite overdue (as in years--ahem).
The service is a new one, at a local Episcopalian church. I think what convinced me to try it out was this description of the service:"The monthly gathering, with all the elements of an Episcopal Eucharist, is a “safe space” where all manifestations of interacting with God are not just acceptable but enthusiastically welcomed. All kinds of kids are welcome to worship in this grace-filled and Spirit-laden way – from those with special needs to those who are especially wiggly."
The service was exactly what we needed:
- No expectations about when to speak (or not to speak) or make noise.
- No expectations about where to sit or stand, or whether you can pace or even prance.
- Plenty of hands-on activities like coloring and drumming to cater to all interests and attention spans.
- Communion for all of us, and even gluten-free wafers for those on special diets.