We believe that the most "special need" we all have is to have a place we know we belong.

Parables is a worship service for all abilities, particularly designed for those on the wider spectrum of neurodiversity and/or bodydiversity, or what has been sometimes termed “special needs”—though every need is simply a human one.  We believe that the most “special need” we all have is to have a place we know we belong—where people genuinely see us and value who we are in all our uniqueness. Parables invites active, informal participation from those in attendance and is often called the “No Shushing Zone.” Special features include: sensory headphones and fidgets, Spirit scarves for Passing the Peace and dancing, visual schedule board, and a therapy dog or two. The program’s predictable format each week helps to create a welcoming space for worship, especially for those whose cognitive differences allow them to engage in the church experience more spontaneously. At Parables we celebrate the gifts of life’s interruptions as a way to find Jesus!

Rev. LeAnn Seto

Weekly Worship

Sundays @ 11:00 am

Parables meet in the Social Hall

During Lent, Parables has been focused on better understanding BAPTISM. Each week we’ve heard testimony about how it has made a difference in how we live and move and think about our lives. This Sunday, March 3, Rev. Gordon Schleicher will be sharing his own reflections and answering questions during worship about what makes this ancient Church sacrament so powerful. Anyone who wishes to be baptized on Easter Sunday is invited to speak to him or Rev. LeAnn Seto sometime this month. Our theme during March is Being Present: Don’t obsess about the past or worry about the future. All you need is right here. Now. This is one of many truth-gifts we find embedded in our baptism. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Also, for a bit of lightness during Lent….there’s still time to participate in the Lent Madness competition of the Saints! Only one will win the Golden Halo at the end of this month…but all of the saints here in Chelsea will be richer for having learned a bit more about their creative and enduring witness to Love and Light in many different times and places. Hallelujah! Check out for more information.
Chelsea First

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Chelsea First United Methodist Church (Chelsea First) is a Christ-centered congregation with a positive, open, and engaging spirit. We are a church for everyone, at all seasons of life, and bring a grounded, engaged, and supportive approach to Christian worship while working passionately toward making a positive impact in our community.

128 Park St. Chelsea, MI 48118

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The church building is open during regular office hours and Sunday mornings.

Office Hours:
​Monday - Wednesday 8-4 pm
Thursday- Friday 8-3 pm



Chelsea First is part of the United Methodist Church.

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