Making church autism friendly

By September 25, 2018 Blog

Provide small group settings so that people don’t feel overwhelmed – both within church services (e.g. at prayer gatherings or events) and mid-week, (home groups, socials etc). Give events as much structure as possible, (unstructured social time is especially stressful for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD)) Let people know in advance (website/service sheets/notice-board) what to expect from services (including communion), and events.  This helps to provide a sense of safety and minimises the stress of the unknown. Service leaders …Read More

Nine spiritual ‘truths’ that aren’t really

By September 18, 2018 Blog

“I’m not the person I want to be.” Yes… sometimes we live out a lie, but the truth is, we are in Christ. Right now. And forevermore.   “I’m too sinful to draw near to God.” We are sinful… but Jesus said he has only come for sinners. If you come as ‘righteous’ you’re turned away. The only people who can come are sinners!   “I’ve drifted from God.” Yes, it can feel like it, but in the deepest sense a Christian can’t drift from …Read More

10 ways to help a child fight fear

By September 10, 2018 Blog

Back to school – for some, it’s great.  But for others, (parents/carers and kids), it’s a nightmare. So what can you do to help an anxious child? Recognise that fear takes different forms.  For one child it’s an obsession with getting everything ‘right’ … for another, indifference and refusal to try. As adults, we can take a step back.  What is the child communicating with their behaviour?  Are they trying to get attention because they need reassurance?  Are they opting …Read More

To whom else would we go? Guest post

By September 4, 2018 Blog

Another stunning guest post, from Lizzie, who is training to be a curate. Thank you, my friend.   “How many kids do you have?” Until recently, I’d have thought this was a pretty easy question.  Mr 7 and Little Miss 1 have, after all, spent the day bouncing around like lunatics – you’d almost think it was nearly time for the 7 year old to go back to school – very much here, very much present. The truth is, for …Read More