12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas

Traditionally, the twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and run on until January 6th which is ‘Epiphany’ or ‘Three Kings’ Day, the day that marks the arrival of the three wise men in the nativity story. It’s also usually the day when all the Christmas decorations come down.I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading 12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas

So Here It Is, ‘Merry Christmas’ Everybody’s Having Fun?

This time of year, it’s hard to escape from the deluge of Christmas tunes; whether it’s on the radio, in shops, in TV adverts, the same old songs are everywhere. Probably the most recognisable is that 1970’s classic from Slade, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’…Hearing it again for the millionth time today, the chorus of the song broke … Continue reading So Here It Is, ‘Merry Christmas’ Everybody’s Having Fun?

Little Children Are Brought to Jesus – Which Character In The Story Are You?

It’s one of the best-known stories in the Bible, and one which is, rightly, often used to show how much Jesus cares for all children. But if we take a step back from this much-loved story, from the picture of Jesus surrounded by children, maybe with one on his knee, there are other players in … Continue reading Little Children Are Brought to Jesus – Which Character In The Story Are You?

Back To School? Essential Services Restarting? How Has That Been Going For Disabled Children…

Through my role at Urban Saints I am proud to be part of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), a coalition of more than 80 organisations campaigning for better support for disabled children and their families.  Earlier in 2020 the DCP published an influential 'Left In Lockdown' report on the impact of lockdown on disabled children and … Continue reading Back To School? Essential Services Restarting? How Has That Been Going For Disabled Children…

Epilepsy? We All Know About That, Don’t We?

Everybody knows about Epilepsy, don’t they? Almost all of us have at some point seen someone collapse to the ground and start uncontrollably shaking and becoming unresponsive. Having a fit. Isn’t that what Epilepsy is all about? Surely, you’re born with it, so it’s something you, and your family get used to don’t you? Well, … Continue reading Epilepsy? We All Know About That, Don’t We?

Transition from Sunday Youth Groups to ‘Adult’ Church – Guest Post

This guest blog post is written by Lynnette and Kieran Peckett, exploring the important subject of young people transitioning from church youth work to more adult focussed church services. There comes a time in a child’s life when they have to leave the youth group on a Sunday and start going to 'adult' church services. … Continue reading Transition from Sunday Youth Groups to ‘Adult’ Church – Guest Post

‘The Witches’ – A Review And Study Plan

Use this review and study plan alongside the film ‘The Witches’ to understand better the themes of pain, loss and loneliness of becoming an orphan, hard lessons about fairness, and the finding of a friend. The battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ flows through the film, with blurred edges as ‘good’ and ‘alternative’ collide. Other themes … Continue reading ‘The Witches’ – A Review And Study Plan

Happy ‘Alternative’ Halloween For Children With Special Needs

The advertising and marketing around Halloween seems to ramp up to greater and greater heights every year, with major supermarkets dedicating whole isles, sometimes several of them, to their Halloween merchandise, even during the crisis that we are all enduring. Advertising supports this with lots of TV adverts featuring ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and spiders’ webs. … Continue reading Happy ‘Alternative’ Halloween For Children With Special Needs

What Can Special Needs Parents Learn From Scandinavian ‘Hygge’

‘Hygge’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. With a recent study showing that people living in the arctic circle are armed with a mindset linked to this that helps combat the long ‘polar night’, a bit of ‘hygge’ might come in … Continue reading What Can Special Needs Parents Learn From Scandinavian ‘Hygge’

Beyond Zoom: Supporting Additional Needs Families

It's over six months in since the start of lockdown and some churches are beginning to open back up for in-building services again, exploring ways to meet the Government guidelines for gatherings of no more than 30 people, or is it six, or is it 3.14159. It’s difficult, the rules keep changing and most churches … Continue reading Beyond Zoom: Supporting Additional Needs Families