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REACH – Special Needs Ministry

Our ministry is called REACH (an acronym for Reach EAch CHild). Reach started from a little seed of an idea planted when a parent at a local special needs preschool told of the difficulty they were having finding a church home that would welcome their son who has autism. She asked if there might be a…

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Making Church Communications More User Friendly

Newsletters, web pages, projected slides, and bulletins can enhance or hinder communication depending on how they are formatted and the colors used. Lighthouse International has produced guidelines for print, electronic, and web communication that will help anyone who wants to make their church resources more useful.

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Ministry for Youth with Special Needs

Debbie (not her real name) is a teenage girl in our church who has Down Syndrome. She and her mom are relatively new to our church. Each Sunday morning, Debbie sits in the front pew with me before worship begins. Her mom has told me that one of the reasons Debbie enjoys sitting with me…

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Ministry with People with Special Needs

A new family in our congregation is made up of a single mom and her two sons.  One of her sons has autism. For several weeks, these three newcomers would sit in the very back, so that the mom could take her son out if he became disruptive.  In recent weeks, several of the women…

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Be Hospitable to People with Disabilities

“How should I treat persons with disabilities?” The answer is this…like Jesus did. Throughout the Bible, Jesus encounters persons that we might say today have “special needs.” What did Jesus do in these situations?

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Finding God in Autism

We have several families with children who have special needs in our church. We used the book Finding God in Autism: A Forty Day Devotional for Parents of Autistic Children, by Kathy Medina (Tate Publishing, 2006). Several families in our church were given an opportunity to participate in this devotional. It was a wonderful way…

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Un-Disabling the Church

This is a sermon given by Jim Swanson, the chair of the Disability Ministries Committee (ECC) in a chapel service which actively involved people with a variety of disabilities. It was woven into the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin from Luke 15.

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Special Needs Confirmation Class

This article comes from a blog post by Hartmut Kramer-Mills of the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and describes how he and his wife and co-pastor created a meaningful confirmation class for an autistic student at their church. Many of their techniques could be used for other students with disabilities.

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