For the first time ever, in conjunction with the Isle of Wight branch of the National Autistic Society and Reverend Chris Feak, we will be celebrating a wonderful event at Christ Church, The Broadway, Sandown on Sunday, February 13th at 11am – 1.30pm. Families from across the island who live with autistic spectrum disorders will be joining together to rejoice in these wonderful children, their individuality and the marvellous gifts that they can bring to the community and the diverse world that we live in.
Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of February. It was started by parents Ivan and Charika Corea parents and carers of Charin Corea who was diagnosed with autism in 1998. They have been lobbying and campaigning on the serious issues concerned with autism and Asperger's Syndrome since 2000. In 2002 a historic service for autism was held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. What started as a small acorn of an idea hatched in their front room has turned into a massive worldwide event celebrated around the world.
In this time of imminent cuts to so many services around the country, and the loss of financial support for those with disabilities, the potential damage that could occur to these vulnerable young people is immense, in a world where they already struggle for understanding and acceptance. Autism Sunday is now a major disability event in the world’s calendar and it is hoped that as many families living with Autism will be able to come along to the very first Autism Sunday event on the Isle of Wight.
If you have a child on the autistic spectrum who would like to share their God given talents by bringing some artwork, a written piece or maybe something they have built to display, at the event, please get in touch as soon as possible! Also, if you have a photograph of your child that we could share in the service, please email Clare at Nordbruch@btinternet.com as soon as possible. The service will be followed with refreshments and there will be representatives from the NAS IW branch if you would like to chat or gather more information or advice.
Photographs of the church leader, Reverend Chris Feak and Christ church are available to view on our facebook page to minimise the anxieties that some children may have about visiting an unknown place. If we can help to make the even any easier for you and your family, please do ask.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 13th February.
ROTHERHAM MINSTER, YORKSHIRE, UK
A Service of Holy Communion for the International Day of Prayer for Autism & Asperger's Syndrome on Sunday 13th February at 10.30 a.m. . There will be a display of material in the Minster from the 7th to 13th February. All welcome.
Canon David Bliss