Want to volunteer to be a lay leader or to deliver the Children’s Message?  Signup sheet is in the Narthex.

Sing in the choir: regular rehearsal at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evenings from September to June.   Check out calendar for dates especially during the summer months.    Come join us!!!

Want to teach Sunday School:

We will have two classes for our children (K-5) and youth (6-12) this year. We are looking for volunteers for teachers of these two groups. Thank you to those who have already volunteered! If you are interested, please contact Anna McFarlane

Join us for Adult Sunday School.  It begins at 9:45 in the adult Sunday School classroom from September 11 to May.

Support Blessing Warriors RVA:

  • Give: There are many ways you can help, but when you can’t help directly you can always give
  • Volunteer: We feed the homeless 7 days a week. Get involved to serve by yourself, with your children, with your church or civic group
  • Advocacy: Spread the word – we are always looking for companies or individuals to donate food, shelter, and clothing. If you know someone who would like to get involved and impact the community through fundraising, community organizing, or promoting our efforts, let them know about what we do.

Donate your used eyeglasses-we are collecting used eyeglasses.  Put in the box provided in the Narthex.

Information about Special Needs in our church and how we can support our members with Special Needs

Our church focus should be one of inclusion. In our Christian Education programs, our Outreach, Worship, and event planning, GRCC should be aware of special needs and inclusion of all. When we address special needs in our community, sometimes the unintended consequences of our efforts make those with intellectual, emotional, or physical disabilities feel isolated or excluded.  So the ultimate goal as a church should be how do we gently tweak what we already do well in ways that make participation accessible for everyone.  This special publication is intended to help all of us understand how to be inclusive, not to single out or be exclusive.

Jesus put his arms around the children and blessed them by placing his hands on them.

Mark 10: 16/God’s Word Translation


For families with children dealing with autism, attending church can often be difficult – both for the child and for the family.  Children with autism often struggle in new environments.  Large crowds of people can be overwhelming to them.  They can be bothered by certain noises (that the average ear can’t hear), bright lights and often, even smells. Many times there are limited communication abilities, even when the child has the ability to talk. There are also safety concerns because many children with autism have a tendency to wander.

Did you know….

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys – This is roughly the same percentage of people who have naturally red hair!

Autism prevalence figures are growing:

  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%- 18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism

There is no medical detection or cure for autism

What can we do?

As a church family there is so much that we can do to help families living with autism spectrum disorder.

  • We should try to understand the individual with autism and not focus on the autism – no child with autism is like another.
  • During our worship services you may see a child wandering around, because often this child really has a hard time sitting still. Often we can encourage them back to their seats.
  • Using calm and even tones when giving direction is important.
  • We can also consider starting a special needs ministry to help all of our children grow and become strong in the love for the Lord.

This maybe a helpful website as it breaks down all the things that we can consider and give great tools for what a church can accomplish particularly on a small budge  http://theinclusivechurch.wordpress.com/

This link is a good non-profit resource and organization for supporting churches that want to learn more about incorporating special needs individuals into the church community: http://www.faithforall.org/index.html