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					                       RHYTHMS OF GRACE                                                              RHYTHMS OF GRACE
                   First Sunday Every Month 2pm to 3pm                                           First Sunday Every Month 2pm to 3pm
                         Epiphany Episcopal Church                                                     Epiphany Episcopal Church
                          62 Front St., Walpole, MA                                                     62 Front St., Walpole, MA
                  508-686-2353 www.ASpecialGrace.com                                            508-686-2353 www.ASpecialGrace.com

     WHAT IT IS: An innovative worship experience supporting                       WHAT IT IS: An innovative worship experience supporting
     families with members on the Autism Spectrum., as well as those               families with members on the Autism Spectrum., as well as those
     with differing abilities and different learning needs.                        with differing abilities and different learning needs.

     Rhythms of Grace practices “reverse inclusion.” This means that               Rhythms of Grace practices “reverse inclusion.” This means that
     the service is DESIGNED to meet the special requirements and                  the service is DESIGNED to meet the special requirements and
     needs of people on the Autism Spectrum, but all people are invited            needs of people on the Autism Spectrum, but all people are invited
     and encouraged to attend.                                                     and encouraged to attend.

     HOW IT WORKS: Rhythms of Grace begins with an open-                           HOW IT WORKS: Rhythms of Grace begins with an open-
     ended but structured gathering activity, allowing everyone to be-             ended but structured gathering activity, allowing everyone to be-
     come accustomed to the space and one another.                                 come accustomed to the space and one another.
           An interactive exchange, verbal or otherwise, focused on a                    An interactive exchange, verbal or otherwise, focused on a
     Bible lesson follows. After establishing the story, participants are          Bible lesson follows. After establishing the story, participants are
     invited to engage in several hands-on activities supporting such              invited to engage in several hands-on activities supporting such
     skills as motor skills, receptive language, and social skills—all             skills as motor skills, receptive language, and social skills—all
     based on reinforcing the Bible story.                                         based on reinforcing the Bible story.
            Participants then re-gather for a simple Eucharist, usually sit-              Participants then re-gather for a simple Eucharist, usually sit-
     ting on the rug. Sensory diet aids, visual supports and transition            ting on the rug. Sensory diet aids, visual supports and transition
     aids are used to help everyone participate fully.                             aids are used to help everyone participate fully.

     WHAT YOU CAN DO: This new ministry is now established                         WHAT YOU CAN DO: This new ministry is now established
     at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Walpole as its first site. Volun-             at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Walpole as its first site. Volun-
     teers are always needed.                                                      teers are always needed.
           Parishes interested in engaging in the process of discernment                 Parishes interested in engaging in the process of discernment
     and training to bring this ministry to their own area are encouraged          and training to bring this ministry to their own area are encouraged
     to contact their Bishop, or the Consultant to the Program, The Rev.           to contact their Bishop, or the Consultant to the Program, The Rev.
     Rebecca Black .                                                               Rebecca Black .

     For more information:                                                         For more information:
     Contact The Rev. Rebecca Black via email:                                     Contact The Rev. Rebecca Black via email:
     ASpecialGrace@gmail.com                                                       ASpecialGrace@gmail.com

				
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