Good News

Good News: Logan at Church

I had a number of options to talk about for my weekly Good News post. I could have did it on a Roger Hodgson concert I attended with a couple of my cousins. I could have done it on encouraging things happening at our church. But I decided to write on Good News that I was not present for.

Stephen BedardOur son Logan has autism and he lives in a group home over an hour away. He enjoys attending our church but doesn’t get to do it often because he usually returns from his visits before Sunday mornings.

At a recent care meeting at the group home, they asked if we wanted anything new as part of their schedule. Amanda and I were in agreement that we wanted Logan to have the opportunity to attend church.

One of the workers at his group home is a Christian and was one of my students in Bible college. She agreed to take Logan to her church.

This morning was his first Sunday at that church and it went really well. I am somewhat familiar with the pastor and feel good about him attending there. Not every church is welcoming to people with autism but I have a good feeling about this.

I can’t express how it makes me feel that Logan will have an opportunity to attend church. Although he is nonverbal, I believe he has a real faith based on what I have seen previously at church and the bit of communication we have had.

You may ask, what about Abby?

We have never even had Abby at our church here in St Catharines, although we are open to it. She has a lot more behaviours and easily triggered. When Abby gets stressed, it makes things more difficult for Logan. It is not something we can rush into.

I would love to see Abby start attending church eventually, but one step at a time. At this point, I’m just happy that Logan is there. This is my Good News.


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