Autism Sunday 2009 London Service

There was worldwide support for Autism Sunday 2009 – the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome observed on 8th February. Many more Cathedrals, Churches and religious organisations marked this international day.

People also used Autism Sunday to campaign and lobby on the serious issues connected with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Thousands logged on to an Autism Sunday Facebook Group event.People contributed videos to mark Autism Sunday, posting them on You Tube.

The autism song ‘Open Every Door,’ sung by Gresha Schuilling and written by singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis was re-released by Media Eye Music in London to mark Autism Sunday. It was also available for download on iTunes with part proceeds going to the UK Autism Foundation. ‘Open Every Door’ was used as a point of reflection in many services and autism awareness raising events around the world.

In London, UK, hundreds of people joined parents, carers,children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome together with parliamentarians and dignitaries at a service to mark Autism Sunday 2009 at All Saint’s Church in Woodford Wells. They were joined by the Financial Secretary to HM Treasury, Stephen Timms MP, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Commons Mike Gapes MP and a member of the Health Select Committee in the House of Commons Lee Scott MP. The founders of Autism Sunday, autism campaigners Ivan and Charika Corea were also present at this key service.

Autism Sunday is now a huge autism movement across many countries. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Pastor Rick Warren, Pastor Creflo Dollar, The Bishop of London Richard Chartres were among those backing Autism Sunday. Support also came from British Opposition Leader David Cameron. Sarah Brown, wife of the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, sent her best wishes.

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