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

Our theme this summer at Parables is Adoption. Many of us have been adopted or know someone who has. As adoptees, sometimes we are given new names and new places to live, but this is nothing unusual. Our world creates new family forms all the time—many of us are stepparents or grandparents who are primary caregivers, many of us are foster parents or have children born through IVF or surrogacy. What these new family forms all have in common is that we inherit new relationships that we otherwise wouldn’t have been shaped by, relationships that God uses to help us become the precious one-of-a-kind people we are today. We get to experience belonging in ways we wouldn’t have otherwise. 
One of the metaphors that the Bible uses to talk about Christians is “adopted into the family of God” (a family which only included Judaism for a long time). “You received God’s Spirit when God adopted you as God’s own children.” Romans 8:15
This Sunday we’ll be looking at the different kinds of blessings that being specially chosen for part of a new family form brings.
Hope to see you at 11:30am (our new summer time on the 2nd and 4th Sundays)!
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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