What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

You see them. You know they’re there. You might even provide a great Special Needs ministry for their child or young adult. But have you ever focused on what a family who has a kid with special needs might want you to know? After talking with lots of churches who serve families who have kids with special needs, and with the families themselves, here are some things we’ve learned and wish you’d know too. Their kid is awesome Every kid is unique and special to their parent, but here’s what we... Read More
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
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
Navigating Church Policies For Special Needs Ministries

Navigating Church Policies For Special Needs Ministries

by Denise Briley To tell you the truth, I haven’t always been a rule follower. I always thought it was my personality, however recently by seeking wise council from a life coach, I learned that I rebelled because people expected me too! Thus the lessons learned over the past 33-plus years of working, caring and raising kids with disabilities has taught me a lot . . . a lot of life lessons that might not have been so hard had I followed some rules. However, we serve a God of mercy and grace.... Read More