All God’s Children

Christ Church Budd Lake Lifts Up Spirit in Families with Special Needs

On October 7th, 2007 Christ Church conducted the first All God’s Children service, a non-denominational Christian service designed to appeal to children of all ages, with a particular welcome for children with autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, ADD, Downs, or any other developmental or physical challenge. The service attracted many families who relished the opportunity for their special needs children to actively participate in a celebration of God’s love for them, to the best of their individual abilities and without reservation.

Our Pastor the Rev. Sonia Waters

Our Pastor Sonia with the Kids

“We hadn’t been back in church in quite some time” explained Tara, a mother who brought her entire family, including a son with ADHD. “It was great to come back ‘home’, as I call it. The boys enjoyed the fact that they didn’t have to be quiet, and it was much less stressful not to argue with them to sit still.”

Praying Together Along the Prayer Rope

Praying Together Along the Prayer Rope

“Today was really, really uplifting and openly accepting and inspiring” added Michele, a mom with an autistic son. “We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to attend on a regular basis. It is so obviously a very blessed place filled with love and I feel honored to have been there.”

Catering to short attention spans, the service is a lively combination of music, prayer, Bible stories, movement and an optional communion. The essential message of God’s love and joy for all of His children is presented in a simplified but meaningful way. This service brings together children with disabilities AND children without disabilities to learn together, and from each other, in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.

Following each service, a brief fellowship session will offer parents an opportunity to share information on topics of interest regarding developmental challenges. Volunteers will be available to supervise children during the information session. The church is wheelchair accessible.

Come and pray for healing, for strength, for progress, and for enlightenment! As Jesus reminds us in Luke 18:16, “Let the children come to me, and do not keep them away, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Christ Church is located at the corner of Smithtown and Sandshore Road by Budd Lake in Mount Olive, just up from Route 46. For more information please call the church at 973-347-1866 or email rbonker@post.harvard.edu.

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