Partner Blogs

  • ‘Children With Additional Needs Are NOT Second Best To Jesus’
    Jesus is surely the greatest story teller the world has ever known.  His stories, also known as parables, are lively, exciting, challenging and filled with teaching.  Every time we read one of Jesus’ parables, we learn something new through them… they speak into our lives like no other storyteller has. ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-12-07
    6 days ago
  • When you can’t do it all and God brings others alongside…
    I’m going to be blogging less.  I’ve been struggling to maintain writing this and my autism teaching blog because of other commitments.  I have eventually realised that I don’t need to feel so stressed or guilty – that the Lord is taking me on a different path for now.  I ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-12-03
    1 week ago
  • Making disciples in people with learning disabilities.
    How do we know we are making disciples in the Good News Group? For some of our members we can talk to them and they can tell us about their walk with God. For those who don’t use speech we offer them visuals to communicate with us. We can observe ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-12-01
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘Treasure In The Darkness’
    ‘Return of the Night Drives!!’ No, not a new film, but a recommencing of night time nocturnal adventures with James, the first for a few weeks!  We were out earlier this week for well over an hour, having a wonderful time exploring the local area in the dark, visiting the ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-12-01
    2 weeks ago
  • New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics
    Important to think about this in church. How do we welcome people who are socially different to us and do we cause some of their social difficulties. I’m glad to say I have seen and have wonderful friendships with autistic people because it IS a two way relationship of supporting ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-11-25
    3 weeks ago
  • ‘Don’t Worry: God’s Peace In The Storm’
    There have been a few times lately when I’ve felt that God has been pulling me up by the bootstraps and telling me that he has everything under control, and that worrying about things isn’t actually a productive or helpful use of my time or energy… That hasn’t always been ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-11-24
    3 weeks ago
  • ‘Jesus At The Pools Of Siloam, Bethesda, And Our Bath!’
    A couple of days ago something extraordinary happened… something totally unexpected… something that in its own way was delightful and wonderful…  James had a bath!  An hour-long soak! Now granted, expecting any 15-year-old lad to have a bath isn’t a given… but James isn’t any ordinary 15-year-old.  James is autistic, ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-11-17
    4 weeks ago
  • The pregnancy after….
    Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2017-11-13
    1 month ago
  • The Power is in Jesus’s Name
    Holy Spirit.png Image from:   http://walkwithjesusonline.com/power-holy-spirit/ This song has been going through my head recently…. There is power in the name of Jesus ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-11-11
    1 month ago
  • Dealing With The Yukky Stuff; Loving, Living And Serving Like Jesus
    As I headed upstairs to get James up this morning, I heard him giggling…  Normally, this is a sound that thrills my heart, but I know James all too well and at 07:30 in the morning it is rare to get so much as a grunt out of James….  Giggling ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-11-10
    1 month ago
  • Worrying about the future
    Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2017-11-06
    1 month ago
  • ‘Fits, Fear, Faith, Friends, and Facebook’
    Last week James, our 15-year-old Autistic son, had a fit;  a full tonic clonic grand mal seizure, something he’s never had before.  It is right up there with the most scary, frightening things I have ever experienced in my life (James knew very little about it himself, thank God)…  Even ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-11-02
    1 month ago
  • A Cross-Shaped Testimony.
    It’s my spiritual birthday today.  On October 30th 1989 I prayed the believers prayer and Jesus became my Lord. I was challenged by a talk I heard recently to have a cross-shaped testimony.  Only the cross has the power to change lives, to heal and to make new.  Jesus’s death ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-10-30
    1 month ago
  • How to support a friend with a baby in Special Care
    Nearly five years ago, Rae wrote the birth story for her third child, Gideon. He was very poorly when he was born and spent time in NICU and SCBU. At that time, she didn’t really have any answers and didn’t know what the future might hold. Since then Gideon has ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2017-10-30
    1 month ago
  • ‘What Part Of The Body Of The Church Is A Child With Additional Needs?’
    The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, teaches us about how the body of Christ, the church, is made up of many parts.  Many parts that combine to make one body, baptized by one Holy Spirit…  He goes on to describe the various parts, firstly through metaphor (foot, hand, eye, ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-10-24
    2 months ago