Special Needs Welcome
We provide opportunities for people in our church and in the broader community who have disabilities to participate in all aspects of life in the church, our community and the world.
Many families with children and young adults with special needs have found a home at St. James and are involved in all the ministries of the church.
We hold events throughout the year to raise awareness, build community and have fun.
This ministry began when a member of St. James, Maria Johnston, who has two children with autism, decided it was time to create space for them and all people with special needs in church. Our priest, Rev. Sarah Quinney, is a music therapist who has vast experience working with individuals of all ages with special needs.
This ministry helps our community of faith cultivate an environment where all are welcome and can participate in all aspects of our life together.
Annual and Upcoming Events
Easter Worship and Party! Saturday March 24th 2018 from 11am-1pm. Join Pastor Sarah for a short service with the telling of the Mystery of Easter story, tons of music and prayer. Followed by crafts, food and the Easter Bunny!
Annual Events to Watch Out For!
This slideshow is our Special Needs Welcome Easter Worship held April 2017. Children gathered with Pastor Sarah as they sang, played instruments, heard the story of Easter and prayed together. All followed by a fun egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny.
Back to School BBQ 2017
In August 2017, we held our first annual Back to School BBQ. We know how the start of a new school year can bring anxiety as it disrupts our routine, especially in the lives of children with special needs. This is why we decided to throw a party and give us something fun to look forward to and celebrate the new year!