Who We Are

Rhythms of Grace is a way for people with special needs to enjoy worship in their own way.  The service was created so that parents could have a place where they could worship with their children without worrying about verbal disruptions or distracting movements and gestures. Our congregation includes families with members of all ages – from 2 to 45 years – and their parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers.

At Rhythms of Grace we gather and write our prayers for the day as all are welcomed and made comfortable. We share a story from the Bible and then explore the story at learning centers, choosing from a variety of sensory and tactile activities adapted to each theme. We re-gather and break bread in a circle, and then pray our thanks and bid our friends goodbye until next time. Music is an integral part of our worship. The service is full of music, movement and laughter.

We meet every Sunday at 2 PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd. For more information contact Lisa Puccio, lpuccio@saecheights.org.26169487_1653194161404394_3183138226488107378_n

Our Third Sunday Service, Rhythms of Grace

An Anniversary Reflection

By Lisa Puccio

In February of 2015 St. Andrew’s added a third Sunday service unlike any weekly worship service in the Episcopal church. Rhythms of Grace was originally designed in another diocese to be a monthly offering for families who needed an alternative to traditional worship. After 3 years of offering monthly worship in Houston, Rhythms of Grace moved to St. Andrew’s with a new vision to build a community of families engaged in weekly worship and fellowship. Because of the open hearts and loving support of the people of St. Andrew’s, that vision is flourishing.

We have 14 families who attend regularly or occasionally. We have three wonderful volunteers and three incredible musicians. Rhythms of Grace Houston is a model for other parishes exploring what special needs ministry can be, but more importantly the service is a statement about what ministry in general can be. We welcome, we accept, we listen to, and we love one another. Come and see!