This curriculum for children and family with special needs was developed in response to a father's request for help in negotiating church services with his six-year-old autistic son. It is Episcopalian and sacramental in nature, but open to all denominations. Rhythms of Grace combines storytelling, arts and crafts, therapeutic play and a celebration of Holy Communion. It's a new way to worship and be nourished at the Lord's Table that strengthens skills and fosters community.
Rhythms of Grace is a unique, innovative and cutting-edge program resource designed to meet the spiritual needs of children and families living with autism-spectrum disorders. Participant families gather monthly with program leaders and volunteers for sessions that are a hybrid of worship and faith formation.
Rhythms of Grace helps children and their families feel at the center of a worship/formation experience that is specific to their needs and circumstances, rather than merely at the margins of even a conventionally inclusive program of worship or faith formation.
The whole Rhythms of Grace curriculum consists of a 3-year syllabus of distinct scripture-based session plans. This volume, Year 1, includes complete plans for 12 monthly sessions and 6 feast sessions, as well as the background and support material needed to establish and conduct a successful program.
Audrey Scanlan is co-founder and director of Rhythms of Grace at Church of Our Savior in Plainville, Connecticut. She has a background in Christian formation and experience working with at-risk children.
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