Back To Church: Helping Every Child To Belong

How do I include all children & young people with additional needs in my church?  As many church children's and youth groups return back after the summer break this week, we explore how everyone can be included and belong.

When God Speaks: My Journey With Additional Needs Ministry

A few days later, God turned up in the middle of the night… and then I saw an image very clearly in my mind. I remember feeling quite smug, thinking I’d guessed God’s punchline…  I’d guessed wrong!

‘Lost Voice Guy’ – A Disability Watershed Moment?

‘Lost Voice Guy' wins Britain's Got Talent On Saturday 2nd June 2018, Lee Ridley, who performs as the comedian ‘Lost Voice Guy’, won the 2018 series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.  His win was remarkable for a number of reasons, including that he is the first comedian to do so, but also because he has Cerebral … Continue reading ‘Lost Voice Guy’ – A Disability Watershed Moment?

Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than many other families have to deal with.  The stresses and strains of parenting a child with additional needs are 24/7 all year every year and added to the anxiety and even guilt that many parents will experience it can all … Continue reading Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Six Ways To Make Your Children’s Work And Holiday Club More Inclusive

20% of children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind; if your church includes children and young people, some of them are likely to need additional support.  Many of these children and young people, and their families, feel excluded from a wide range of social and other activities, including church, … Continue reading Six Ways To Make Your Children’s Work And Holiday Club More Inclusive

I Too Have A Dream

Fifty years ago today, one of the greatest people to live during my lifetime died.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, gunned down the night after preaching what became his final sermon in Memphis, Tennessee, in the USA.  A man who changed the face of a nation, possibly the world.  A man who though flawed (which of … Continue reading I Too Have A Dream

Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

Jesus met lots of people, engaged with lots of people, helped lots of people during his three years of ministry; some of these, perhaps a surprising number, were children.  Some of the children had additional needs of some kind, although not all, but each of the encounters Jesus had with these children can teach us … Continue reading Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

What The Man With The Withered Hand Teaches Us About Disability And Church

By stretching out our hand in welcome, in love, to everyone, we are doing what Jesus would have us do; and in following his teaching our own lives are healed, and our churches become places of belonging for all.

Additional Needs Children’s Work: Using What They Enjoy To Help Them Learn

That moment… that moment as a children’s or youth worker when you realise during the ‘talk time’ that you’ve just lost some of your group.  They were able to focus for the first three or four minutes, but now, five minutes in, you see them starting to get distracted, starting to fidget.  You’ve lost contact … Continue reading Additional Needs Children’s Work: Using What They Enjoy To Help Them Learn

‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

Devoted…  an important word, one which we often hear, and a word that we all probably think we fully understand; but do we?  How truly deep a word is it?  And what might it mean in the context of caring for a child or young person with additional needs; whether as parent, carer, other family … Continue reading ‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’