Inclusion is about the church taking positive action, not expecting a child, young person, or adult, to ‘fit in’.
“I’ll only be five minutes…” or “I’m in a hurry…” are some of the justifications given.
Perhaps if we dig a little deeper, we might realise that we are only acting on a part of the story; we’ve missed some vital information, and our response needs to be very different.
Let’s do all we can to be the difference for every child and young person who chooses to journey with us.
Pray that God will give you the faith, persistence and determination to keep on praying, even when we seem to be getting no response.
Due to his various additional needs, James doesn’t really ‘get’ birthdays, but that didn’t mean that we would let the day slip by unnoticed…
The event takes place every year to celebrate Pentecost. “We long for people to become familiar with who Jesus is”, say the organisers.
While many of us love these films, we need to acknowledge the messages they can give to our children and how these messages can strongly influence them.
Items that can be helpful in supporting children and young people with a range of additional needs.
Austria does not offer official statistics about abortions. Estimates speak of 30,000 a year.
An accessible bible study series journeying with Jesus through the three times he was tempted by the devil.
With better understanding about our many sensory processing difficulties, and the right strategies, every leader can learn to make all that they do inclusive.
James could visit a small number of familiar safe places but couldn’t go into anywhere new that we have started to visit since epilepsy arrived. Last week, for the first time in five years, that changed.
How about thinking about whether our church, meets the needs of children and young people with additional needs and their families?
Jesus didn’t exclude any of the children. He wants to get to know them, to love them, to rescue them, to journey through life with them.
“There is a huge range of ways that Christians can make a difference”, says Mark Arnold, who works supporting ‘additional needs’ families in the UK.
Looking anew into our disabilities deepens our relationship with God and exposes us to His might. An article by Abed Zien El Dien.
The more we practice at supporting children and young people with additional needs, the better we will get too.
The health minister proposes a draft law that allows euthanasia for children under 12. Christians denounce that it “could lead to euthanasia for disabled people too”.
Halloween can be a confusing, anxiety inducing time for children with additional needs, but they can safely also join in with some fun in an alternative way.
The unholy alliance of the Russian church and state is a lesson for Christian nationalists everywhere.
Families with children with additional needs have already seen services delayed, reduced or closed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The current economic climate is only going to continue this downward spiral.
Why neurodiverse children are often perceived to be able to ‘cope’ and be ‘fine’ at school, but can become overwhelmed by the time they get home.
The return to the new school year can be a time of great anxiety and stress for all children, and a challenging and difficult time for parents and carers too.
Siblings can really benefit from extra support but sometimes feel like they are not entitled to it because they are not the sibling with additional needs.