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Gentle worship

... for extraordinary families

Lori Clark found a place in church for her son, Jacob, whose disability had kept him in the nursery during worship. Her congregation, Grace Lutheran in Spotsylvania County, Va., now has a monthly Sunday afternoon service for children with special needs.

Jacob, whose disability shares many traits with autism, can't walk or talk. But Clark said Jacob's smile lit up the room when he saw puppets at worship.

The 20- to 30-minute service is "meaningful and engaging, providing the perfect amount of time for our unique family to worship together," said Clark, who relies on her faith to handle the stress of raising a child with a disability. "We're grateful Grace provides such a nurturing service for families like ours."

The service is titled "Jesus Loves Me: Gentle Worship for Extraordinary Families."


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