The Parables Community welcomes all people in worship and fellowship, with an emphasis on creating a community of belonging and empowerment for children and adults with special needs and their families. We believe that all people are made in the image of God with gifts to share for the good of all.
We open the social norms for worship and welcome families to come as they are. In worship children and adults are free to speak out, sing out, make noise, move, or dance during worship. Parables is a “no shushing” zone where all of God’s people can celebrate together with a joyful noise.
Parables worship services are participatory and based on universal design. We use images, symbols, music, and art in a desire to be accessible to all.
Noise-reducing headphones are available. We also have a quiet space adjoining the worship space with fidgets, art supplies, and calming aids for those who might need a little break. People can feel free to move in and out of the service as they feel comfortable. Eve Comfort Dog, of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, worships with us quarterly.
We believe that all people have needs of one kind or another and so we are a supportive community, offering the love and grace of Jesus to all. We are a place in which to be accepted as we are and to grow.
God has given each person gifts to share for the good of all. We recognize that often disabled people are not called upon to share their gifts. As a community we call out and affirm the gifts in each individual. And we offer ways for everyone to serve both within Parables Community and in the larger community.
Ways to serve at Parables: greeting, music-making, singing, praying, worship leading, reading, set up, clean up, and more…
We have served in the community at Special Kids Day events, Easter Seals, Feed My Starving Children, and more…
Our logo is a school of fish in which the red fish is swimming a different way. They are not swimming the wrong way… just a different way. Parables is designed with the red fish in mind.
We believe Jesus called us to swim in the world differently and that “red fish” have something to teach us about that. Like the parables of Jesus, they can turn things upside-down and help us see them in a new way.
What We Believe
The Parables Community is a part of the Church of the Brethren, a small Anabaptist-Pietist denomination with its origins in early 18th century Germany. However participants in Parables come from many different Christian traditions. Here are some of our Christian principles:
- We have faith in one God who creates, sustains, and loves us all.
- We follow Jesus Christ, as our teacher, example, healer, savior and Lord.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is at work in all of us – inspiring, guiding, comforting, and empowering.
- We take the New Testament as our guide for faith and living.
- We affirm that the Church is the Body of Christ and that each individual person is an essential and necessary part, working together for the common good.
- We are called to share the Good News of God’s healing and reconciling work for the world, and to participate in that work.