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  • Sabbatical Time
    We've just had a wonderful holiday, and we are so grateful for the gift we get to make that happen. It was much needed and a huge benefit to both of us. The photo above was taken on holiday - whilst we were eating lunch at our favourite place overlooking ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-09-23
    23 hours ago
  • Losing my identity
    IMG_0857.JPGThese rocks represented all the things I was holding on to – and that were making me stressed.  I left ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-09-23
    1 day ago
  • Bruises on the heart
    We are honoured to share this poem about domestic abuse, written by a woman known to us. The poem is not particularly about additional needs but families who are embracing and managing additional needs are not exempt from other issues, including domestic abuse. Thank you to the brave young woman who ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2018-09-21
    3 days ago
  • Who Stops Disabled Children From Being Included In Church?
    Did that headline catch your attention?  I hope it did, and I hope it shocked and surprised you!  Surely in this day and age there can’t be anyone who would stop children with additional needs or disabilities, and their families, from being able to access church; anyone who would exclude ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-09-20
    4 days ago
  • Additional/Special Needs Parenting: Welcome To Holland, Not Italy
    The road to acceptance can be a long one for parents of children with additional/special needs or disability.  Some reach it quicker than others, some struggle to get there at all.  There are many stops along the way where we can get ‘stuck’… Pre-diagnosis – worryIs there something wrong? Are ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-09-14
    1 week ago
  • Building an accessible church 4 – Starting with some training.
    This post comes after I have done two training sessions at churches in Liverpool and Manchester.  What I have been inspired by is the heart of the church leaders and others to start a new season of accessibility and inclusion at their churches. We all know that ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-09-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Back To Church: Helping Every Child To Belong
    How do I include all children & young people with additional needs in my church?  As many church children’s and youth groups return back after the summer break this week, we explore how everyone can be included and belong. Count how many children and young people you have in your ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-09-06
    3 weeks ago
  • is it a paddy, is it a tantrum, no it’s super-meltdown: things I need you to know about meltdowns
    In churches do we know how to support families where children are having meltdowns. First, don’t judge but understand what is happening… this blog will help – from Clearly Nurturing clearly nurturing The thing about sensory processing differences is that they are there all the time, sensory cravings alongside sensory ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-09-05
    3 weeks ago
  • These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things – And They Are Back!
    Over a year ago I wrote a blog post for Firefly Community about James’ favourite ‘Treat Trip’, a tour of his favourite places; you can read it below or use the link to the Firefly site.  Little did I know as I wrote those words that it would be almost ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-08-30
    4 weeks ago
  • Building an Accessible Church 3 – Revival is coming.
    This blog which is part of my series,  but a bit different.  I have been prompted to write about the wider church picture, addressing some issues that are going on in the world concerning the church right now.  Knowing that what we are doing is part of revival, can spur ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-08-22
    1 month ago
  • How Do I Know If My Disabled Child Can Have A Faith?
    It’s a question many Christian parents of a child with additional needs or a disability ask… a question that can be really hard to answer, especially when the child in question has limited communication.  But perhaps there are clues that we can find and piece together, things that Jesus did, ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-08-15
    1 month ago
  • When God Speaks: My Journey With Additional Needs Ministry
    I’ve been on a bit of a journey over the last couple of years, a ministry journey that I am still on and that continues to amaze and excite me every single day…  It’s a journey of God’s calling and leading, of friends encouraging, of family understanding…  It’s a journey ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-08-09
    2 months ago
  • Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?
    During his life on earth Jesus challenged the accepted culture of his time, often creating a societal and political storm as he did so.  He was not what many expected the Messiah to be, even though there had been plenty of prophesy that provided more than enough detail of what ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-08-02
    2 months ago
  • Building an Accessible Church 2
    thumb_IMG_2555_1024A seminar at the No Limits conference 12.11.16 In the first “Building an Accessible Church” blog we looked at the questions: ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-08-01
    2 months ago
  • Summer Ministry Upate
    It's Hot!Do pray for those working on Children's camps and holiday clubs at the moment, and the children attending. The heat makes things a little harder all round.We've been doing a little less travelling for meetings during the hot weeks, opting for Skype calls instead where possible. Partly to accommodate ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-07-26
    2 months ago
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