Inclusive ‘Rejoicing Spirits’ Christmas Service Set for Dec. 13

Inclusive ‘Rejoicing Spirits’ Christmas Service Set for Dec. 13

Sophie, Nate and Zach Ginet form part of the inclusive ‘choir’ at the Rejoicing Spirits service at St. John Lutheran Church in Ocean City in 2014. The Rev. Mark Bruesehoff sings along.

St. John Lutheran Church, 1001 Central Avenue in Ocean City, will celebrate a Christmas Rejoicing Spirits worship service on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.  This very popular service will include a Christmas Carol Sing-Along and a Living Nativity that all are invited to join.

St. John is the first church in New Jersey to host monthly Rejoicing Spirits worship services.

Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry created to enrich the spiritual lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and other supportive community members. This is done by offering a meaningful, inclusive worship and fellowship community which shares God’s word and celebrates the message of God’s loving grace.

The worship service is adapted to be more welcoming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they are able to actively participate and have roles in the service. All Rejoicing Spirits worship is open to people with or without disability and members of congregations may prefer the more casual, open style of worship. The goal is to provide people with disabilities an entry point to church participation that would otherwise not be available.  For more information about Rejoicing Spirits, visit

Rejoicing Spirits worship services are held the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 609-399-0798 or Ample free parking is provided in the church parking lot on Central Avenue. For directions go to St. John Lutheran Church is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is located at the corner of 10th and Central Avenue in Ocean City.

— News release from St. John Lutheran Church