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


Second and Fourth Sundays 

11:30 am

Parables meet in the Social Hall

Parables is gathering at 10am this Sunday in the whole-church worship instead of at 11am in the Social Hall. 
David will be bringing Macduff, one of our six therapy dogs, to join us in that space! Our summer worship at 11:30am in the Social Hall begins on June 9 and will focus on ADOPTION. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of June, July, and August we will be examining what it means to be adopted by God, adopted into a different family than the one we were born into, and how that identity can be both a source of comfort and challenge. To be adopted means we are specially chosen…but for what purpose? Join us this summer for our weekly dinner discussions of THE CHOSEN, season one. Following a pizza dinner watching each of the 8 episodes, we’ll have discussion about the takeaways over dessert!
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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