UOC opens church at center for disabled children with services in sign language

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, February 2, 2021

Photo: spzh.news Photo: spzh.news     

A new church for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and diseases in the Dnepropetrovk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was consecrated at the end of last year.

The house church in honor of St. John of Kronstadt was opened in a center for the rehabilitation of children various degrees of disability, cerebral palsy, and other serious diseases by the initiative of Archpriest Andrei Pinchuk, reports the TV channel Glas.

Services at the church are also translated into sign language. According to Glas, it is the only church of its kind in Ukraine.

Fr. Andrei is the founder of the “We Help” charitable foundation that makes every effort to offer effective rehabilitation to children for free.

The church is designed to be as accessible as possible for parishioners with disabilities, with ramps and elevators for those with limited mobility. There are even lower candlestands so parishioners in wheelchairs can easily light candles as they pray. Others from the local community with hearing problems are also attracted to the church, where they can easily confess to a priest in sign language.

A Sunday School and pilgrimage center will also soon open at the church.

Watch scenes from the church and rehabilitation center in Glas’ full report:

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