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  • Sabbatical Blog 5
    (Photo taken by Kay)I feel as though I've lived a life time in the last couple of months.As I said in my last post, Mum passed away towards the end of October. Despite her not being well, it was unexpected. I'm not even going to try and explain the feelings ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-12-07
    4 days ago
  • How To Survive The Christmas Chaos
    It’s Christmas!!  Those two words seem to divide the nation even more than Brexit has, with people falling into one of two ‘camps’…  Either you started wearing your Christmas jumper in October, had your decorations up in November and have already watched ‘Elf’ 12 times this season, or you feel ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-12-05
    7 days ago
  • Are you a Meerkat or an Additional Needs Lion?
    I’m sure you can picture the scene; the Sunday morning church service has been going for about 15 minutes and, seconds after the service leader has said “We’re going to have a few moments of reflective silence now…”, a child who has additional needs succumbs to the overwhelming feelings and ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-11-30
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter To Our ‘Other’ Child
    Those of us that are the parents of a child with additional needs, or who support a child with additional needs, so often put so much of our time, energy and focus (and rightly so) into helping that child or young person to thrive, to engage with the world, to ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-11-15
    4 weeks ago
  • How to make a visual timetable powerpoint for a church
    Church service timetable pics I’ve visited a few churches over the past couple of months and it’s been interesting ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-11-12
    4 weeks ago
  • How Inclusion Champions Are Transforming The Church
    There are many ways that those involved in children’s and youth work can make a big difference for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities, and their families.  I often get asked what one change can make the most difference, can have the greatest impact, can enable lasting ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-11-09
    1 month ago
  • Do miracles still happen for children with additional/special needs?
    The Gospels are full of miracles, amazing scenes of people’s lives being transformed as they encountered Jesus.  These miraculous encounters include children and young people with additional needs or disabilities who were healed or even raised from the dead.  Children like these: Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)Jairus was one of the ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-11-02
    1 month ago
  • Sabbatical Blog 4
    You may know by now that mum passed away last week. You will also understand all that entails for me and Steve, my brother Dave and his wife Ali. I’ve so appreciated the closeness of the four of us over these last days as we’ve worked together to sort things ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-11-01
    1 month ago
  • Can Halloween be inclusive for children with Additional/Special Needs?
    Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, a day celebrated on the 1st November each year.  The name Halloween is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Evening which is celebrated on 31st October.  The origin and meaning of the festival of Halloween is derived from ancient ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-10-23
    2 months ago
  • Horse riding as a therapy for Autistic children (guest blog)
    This weeks www.theadditionalneedsblogfather.com blog post is from a guest blogger, Nicky Ellis from ‘Horses and Foals‘ https://horsesandfoals.com who writes about how horse riding therapy can help Autistic children… Autism is a neurological diversity that can affect how a child develops.  An Autistic child can find it difficult to engage in good ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-10-19
    2 months ago
  • Why Church Needs A Reboot Before Everyone Can Truly Belong
    For many people church as it currently exists in many, many places just doesn’t work, can’t work, won’t work.  And it’s not just people on the margins of society that this is true for, it’s true for the majority of the communities in which these churches are located.  It’s just ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-10-11
    2 months ago
  • Seven Ways To Make Your Children’s and Youth Work More Inclusive (short video)
    If a picture paints a thousand words, I wonder how many a video paints?  This four-and-a-half minute video, which I recorded with Urban Saints, provides you with seven tips to help and encourage you to make your children’s or youth work more accessible and inclusive, and to create belonging for ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-10-03
    2 months ago
  • Sabbatical Blog 3 – Disability in Ministry
    I said in my first Sabbatical blog that I was due to have a PIP face to face assessment last Thursday. Well, this was cancelled at the last minute and changed to today October 2nd. It was a good assessment with a lovely assessor. I must admit that I cried ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-10-02
    2 months ago
  • Using visuals in church and Children’s groups.
    Visuals come in many formats and we use visual images in many ways in church. Stained glass windows told the stories from the Bible to people who couldn’t read in times gone by.  When I was a girl, the minister used a ‘flannel graph’ board to illustrate the Bible story, ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-09-30
    2 months ago
  • Why Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Body Surfing!
    Have you ever tried body surfing?  Think surfing, but without a surfboard or body board, just using your own body and maybe a small hand board to ride the waves.  Just you, the surf, and the beach…  idyllic thought isn’t it?  So, what has this picturesque scene got to do with ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-09-27
    3 months ago
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