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
What Can Your Church do to Welcome Special Needs Families This Christmas?

What Can Your Church do to Welcome Special Needs Families This Christmas?

The Christmas season is upon us! It’s the time of year that you can catch Elf on TV at least 20 times and it’s socially acceptable to quote it often (I quote it year around!). It’s also an opportunity for your church to be intentional about connecting with families in your community. As you consider all families that might come through your church’s doors this season, it’s understandable to sometimes feel ill-equipped to minister to families with children and students with special needs who... Read More
Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’” – Matthew 25:40 (AMP) Oftentimes when we think of this verse, our thoughts are drawn to the homeless, the helpless, the sick or the poor. We think of third-world countries, people without food or clean drinking water, and children who are growing up without opportunity. During the last five years, our... 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
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