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 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.
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.
About our Special Needs Worship Service
Special Needs Worship Service with Holy Communion - 1st Sunday of the month at 9am
We hold a short service (40 min) the first Sunday of every month for children and adults with special needs and their families. This service is adapted and continually adjusted to meet the needs of those present. The objective is to create an environment where we can all worship in our own way together, loving and accepting each one of us as we are. We do have Holy Communion in the form of Bread and gluten free bread is available. Rather than wine we use grape juice at this service. Please do not hesitate to email or call Pastor Sarah with any questions, concerns or special accommodations. Feel free to check us out anytime. Dress is casual. Don’t worry about what may or may not happen with your loved one in the service. All noises give praise to God. We all understand and all are loved.
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.