Songs of Praise
In a special autism-friendly programme, Sean Fletcher visits Whalley Abbey in Lancashire to find out more autism and to meet autistic Christians. He chats to a Church of England minister with Asperger's (a form of autism) who uses board games to help autistic people communicate better. And we hear from members of the Autistic Adult Choir to find out what it’s like to sing and be a part of this groundbreaking group.
Autism is currently a part of daily life for nearly three million people in the UK. We’ve posted a full running order below so you can follow along with the programme. You’ll also notice that there is more explanation in the programme from our presenters.
Introduction by Sean Fletcher
Title sequence - pictures and music
Menu - What’s coming up in the programme
Hymn 1 - To God Be The Glory (location – Warwick Road URC, Coventry)
Feature 1 - Interview with Andrew Bowcock about what it is to have autism and the work done at Whalley Abbey for the autistic community.
Hymn 2 - Father Hear The Prayer We Offer (location – The Church of St Cross, Winchester)
Feature 2 - Interview with Reverend Andy Gray about having Asperger's and how he set up a board game group to help those with autism better communicate.
Hymn 3 - 10,000 Reasons (location – Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor)
Feature 3 - We hear from members of the Autistic Adult Choir about what it’s like to sing in this groundbreaking group.
Hymn 4 - How Shall I Sing That Majesty (location – St Davids Cathedral)
Feature 4 - Café Autisan – Claire Graham explains the reasons behind making the café autism friendly as well as a place for those with autism to find paid work.
Hymn 5 - When Love Was King – Gregory Porter
Trail for next week’s programme
Hymn 6 - O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (location - St David’s Church, Exeter)