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.

 Upcoming Events 



Oct 27, 2018 @5pm

Family Friendly Event for All!

Annual Events to Watch Out For!

Back to School BBQ 

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!


Trunk or Treat


Special Christmas Worship


Every Christmas we hold a special service geared towards children and adults with developmental disabilities. Pastor Sarah leads us in the Nativity Story and many songs. Followed by a party and visit from St. Nick! Our ministry is featured in the Episcopal New Service and Sacramento Bee.

Easter Worship