Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

Preparing Kids Room at Christmas and Beyond

During the Advent Season, we’re often reminded to “prepare Him room.” We set up special activities like the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree that walk us through Scripture each day leading up to our celebration of the birth of Christ on Christmas morning. These activities help keep our hearts focused on the true meaning of Christmas instead of being sidetracked by all the lights, presents, and activities. All of which will fade away the minute the season passes. Each year around this time, I am... Read More
Anticipating the Family With a Child With Special Needs

Anticipating the Family With a Child With Special Needs

Happy Thanksgiving Merry Christmas Happy New Year’s All of these sayings bring about different emotions in each of us. For me, I get really excited. I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we’re about to enter. For others, those three wishes are a reminder of what lies ahead . . . six weeks of changing schedules, pop-in visits, different foods, social gatherings, and anticipated surprises around every corner. Parents with students with special needs don’t always enjoy the holiday... Read More
Welcoming Children With Special Needs On Any Sunday

Welcoming Children With Special Needs On Any Sunday

We’ve all been trained to look for the caveats in messages that seem to good to be true. We see the word FREE and our eyes immediately start looking for the fine print where we will learn free is never free. It seems like there is always an exception. The one place you don’t typically find fine print is in the Church. This is a huge blessing for families with children with special needs. While some families will look for a church with an advertised special needs ministry, many families will... Read More
It’s As Easy As Cupcakes

It’s As Easy As Cupcakes

by Meaghan Wall Connecting with parents of students with special needs can be one of the hardest things to do—especially if you’re not a special needs parent yourself. I am a special needs ministry leader but do not have a child with special needs. I don’t even have a family member with special needs so I frequently find myself thinking, I have nothing to give, or I will never be able to completely understand. I’ve learned over the years those thoughts are often the enemy’s way of trying to... Read More
Love Every Family

Love Every Family

by Meaghan Wall I’ve been in ministry for almost 20 years. I start to sound old when I say that! I remember when you had to actually hand address postcards to mail to families or pick up the phone if you wanted to touch base. Eight years ago, when Facebook became a household name, I tried my hardest to stay true to the old ways of ministry and held out on becoming part of the social media generation as long as I could. Funny thing is, today if someone were to ask me, “What is the best tool for... Read More