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Surviving an Awkward Moment at Church

Surviving an Awkward Moment at Church

I felt awkward. I couldn’t join the conversation several other church volunteers were having about their children’s accomplishments. After one night of serving and feeling a mix of emotions, I felt impressed to examine myself in prayer. Why was I allowing this to get me down? This wasn’t a reason to quit serving at church or shrink my circle of acquaintances, as I have done in the past. It was, however, an opportunity to push into God and thank Him for the things my daughter had accomplished.

What if my child isn't able to learn about God and experience salvation? 

What if my child isn't able to learn about God and experience salvation? 

I can’t be certain what James understands about God, but I can be certain about what God understands about James. And I will trust in God’s love and care for my son from now until eternity.

Perfect Witness

Perfect Witness

An earthen vessel, particularly in Bible times, was the least fancy and the least perfect, not polished or near perfection. Paul writes to the Corinthians that our imperfections are by design and are for the specific purpose of showing God’s greatness of power.

Children of the Bible and My Autistic Son

Children of the Bible and My Autistic Son

The Bible is full of stories about children and young people: Mary, Joseph, David, Samuel, Esther, the widow’s son and Elijah, Naaman’s slave girl, Jairus’ daughter, etc. In thinking about some of these stories, I found many parallels in their stories and my son James.

Tips for Starting Sign Language in your Special Needs Ministry

Tips for Starting Sign Language in your Special Needs Ministry

Before you start selecting signs at random, think about what your ministry needs and start there. What do you hope to accomplish with the signs? Non-religious signs may help the children better understand what you want them to do, and could possibly be more helpful for classroom management. If you hope to encourage more participation in worship for those with limited speech, adding signs to songs may be a good starting place. Still another area of focus may be teaching signs based off of the main vocabulary of your lesson.