New and improved: Visual Schedule for the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

We’ve used the original visual schedule almost every week for the past three years to help my children participate in the Divine Liturgy. In that time we have moved states and been members and guests at several churches. We’ve had time to live with the visual schedule and find its strengths and weaknesses. Some of the cues that I included in the first schedule aren’t in the new one. In part, my children outgrew their focus on particular melodies; in part, I needed to make way for more of the important parts of the sequence of Divine Liturgy. I hope and pray that this improved version will help many families participate in the Divine Liturgy.

Sample image from the visual schedule. Download the full schedule in PDF below.

This schedule is helpful for people who struggle with focus due to a wide range of challenges and needs. Though one of the particular aims is to include people with disabilities more fully into the life of the Church, this schedule is helpful for any family wanting to participate more in the service.

The core vocabulary board and sensory regulation choice symbols are useful for modeling language and facilitating requests that can help people regulate their sensory processing.

I included a fourth page with a basic 40-symbol Core vocabulary board and eight sensory regulation choice symbols. I recommend printing the schedule on two pages front and back or laminating the four pages in two sets, front and back so that the vocabulary choice board is on the back page and easily accessible. As always, be prepared to honor requests for sensory breaks and needs, in order to develop pragmatic communication, predictable soothing options, and trust. These tools facilitate communication, and it is up to the communication partners to establish the meanings with follow through.

DOWNLOAD the schedule set by clicking below, and don’t forget to share this post:

Visual Schedule Orthodox Divine Liturgy

You can also PURCHASE A LAMINATED VISUAL SCHEDULE FROM PARK END BOOKS, where we offer the heavy-duty laminated schedules as part of our Accessible Church School project.

For those of you with the sermon in a different place, please download these sermon alternative images. Place the “Sing, ‘Glory to You,'” image on number 12 and add the “Sit for Sermon” image over the small square next to where it occurs in the service.

SERMON Alternate images

Using a visual schedule is one of many ways to make church more accessible to families with disabilities. Read more in my book, Of Such Is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability, available from Ancient Faith Publishing, your local bookstore and library, and wherever books are sold.

12 thoughts on “New and improved: Visual Schedule for the Orthodox Divine Liturgy”

  1. This has been so helpful to my daughter and I used the old version just last week in my Sunday School class. I am going to provide a link to this post to the parents. Thank you so much for the incredible resource!

    1. Thanks for the request! I can’t redo the schedule to make that change, as the images are bespoke and the process very long. But I just updated the post based on your request with two images that should help you and others adapt the schedule to use with your parish’s sermon placement.

  2. Are you aware of any visual/picture prayers for the Lord’s Prayer or the Creed? I’m really excited for the liturgy card as I think that will help my kids, but I’ve been thinking for several months that it would be nice to have those specific points of the service in pictures.

    1. Yes. I have a visual Lord’s Prayer on my Special Needs Resources page. I do not plan to make one for the Creed because the language doesn’t translate well into simple pictorial symbols.

  3. This has been a really good resource for the young mission I am involved in where we have a number of children. It is an idea a number of the other parishes in the area are considering using it as well both for children and adults who do not speak English well.

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