Who Stops Disabled Children From Being Included In Church?

I blog about being an adult with autism in church.

Here is a blog I have come across from the perspective of a parent of an autistic child.

The Additional Needs Blogfather

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 them from all that church offers; anyone who would prevent them from belonging to the church community, can there?  But sadly, this does happen all too often and some of the people responsible might surprise you!

Church Leaders
People in church leadership, including children’s and youth workers, can be responsible for deliberately or unwittingly excluding children with additional needs or disabilities from their church.  Deliberate acts could be saying to families with a disabled child that, “This might not be the church for you.” or suggesting that they look after their child in a separate room of the church…

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Lessons in foot-washing: An outward-looking community

The church is not a self-preservation society Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield, Sunday 23 September 2018 How a cowbell and a spider can enhance Christian worship. Something distracted me during the sermon yesterday. Other than Curate Steve's pink clerical shirt, something else visible stood out during the sermon. From here I was sitting, the light from …

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Stimming: Self-stimulating behaviour and me

Stimming Stimming is a repetitive behaviour done mostly by people with autism, but not exclusively. It is short for self-stimulating behaviour and is stereotypical in people with autism. It is a repetitive behaviour which helps calm us down while at the same time probably irritating the hell out of you. It is characterised by flapping …

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Making space for God: Where is your garden?

Making space for God Where is your garden? The Hebrew word for garden: gannah literally means ‘a covered or hidden place,’ this kind of garden in biblical times was usually a walled enclosure, a place with winding paths, fruit trees, running water, fountains, sweet smelling herbs and blossoms a beautiful, tranquil sheltered place! We need …

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