Rejoicing Spirits Worship and Community
The Rejoicing Spirits Community is a an extended family of individuals of all abilities "that works to enrich the faith lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends and other supportive community members." (from the Rejoicing Spirits Website) The community meets on a regular basis for worship, food, fun and fellowship. We worship together in our sanctuary during our Rejoicing Spirit's services and enjoy a meal afterward. We also sponsor at least four social events during the year such as the Snow Ball Dance, Ice Cream Social, Bingo and Knock Knocks in Knox. In addition members of our team provide spiritual leadership and lead activities in various group homes. This ministry values the shared leadership and participation of all persons.
Themes for 2018
Jan 14 “We Belong to God” (Jesus’ baptism)
Jan 28 “God Helps Us” (temptation of Jesus)
Feb 11 “God Calls Us” (calling of the 12)
Feb 25 “God Sends Us” (sending of the 70)
Mar 11 “We Are All Important” (who is the greatest?)
Mar 25 “Jesus is Here Today” (Palm Sunday)
April 8 “Jesus is Alive” (road to Emmaus)
Apr 22 “Jesus is Still Here” (ascension)
You can find out more by contacting Cindy Merten, Rev. Joanne Blair or Terry Chaney.
Read a great blog about our service (click here)
Disability Inclusion Resources (click here)
If you are interested in knowing more about what it means to be a Rejocing Spirits Community, or perhaps becoming a host congregation for a Rejoicing Spirits service you can find out more here http://www.rejoicingspirits.org/about-us
Rejoicing Spirits services are held on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the month (except in May when we meet on the third Sunday, and in June, July and August when we meet only on the fourth Sunday) at 5pm. The service is followed by a simple dinner (no reservations needed) Gluten free options are always available.
If you would like to know more about Rejoicing Spirits, help us at the service, or get signed up for our monthly newsletter contact Cindy Merten and she can help you get connected.Rejoicing Spirits is our no-shush worship service for persons of all abilities. It is a lively, interactive and joyous service where we sing, pray, re-tell (and act out) Bible stories and then draw life lessons from them. Everyone is encouraged to take a tambourine, a shaker or a drum and make some joyful noise. People of all ages and abilities are often invited to be participants in our dramas as well as the liturgy itself.