Belonging during lockdown and beyond

How church can support disabled children and adults, and their families

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Belonging during lockdown and beyond
  • Belonging during lockdown and beyond

    amanda barnes

  • Really helpful!

    zoe watts

    Thank you for this. All very helpful & practical. Do hope it reaches the widest possible audience ...

    Thank you for this. All very helpful & practical. Do hope it reaches the widest possible audience ...

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What you'll learn on this course

  • 1
    Opening Questions
    • Welcome!
    • Before we begin ...
  • 2
    Questions from Families and Church Workers
    • Q1 How can church ‘now’ be accessible to families of children with additional needs?
    • Q2 How do we best support and resource parents to teach their children during this time?
    • Q3. How do we help disabled people feel safe after the fear we have all felt recently?
    • Q4 Who can we signpost people to, offering different services/charities that could help?
    • Q5 How can faith help with mental and emotional well-being?
    • Q6 How do we share Gospel truth with families at this time?
    • Q7 How can church respond to the practical and pastoral needs of families at this time?
    • Q8 What do we do for families with no online access?
    • Q9. Is church a building? How do we return to the building but still be in community online?
    • Q10. How do we go to where SEND families and individuals are?
  • 3
    Read: 10 Ways to Belong
    • 10 Ways to Belong
  • 4
    Closing Questions & Next Steps
    • Before we go ...
    • Your Action Plan
    • Additional Resources

Your Course Leaders

  • Lynn McCann

    Reachout ASC

    Lynn McCann

    Lynn McCann is an autism specialist teacher and has been a leader of a church group for adults with learning disabilities for over 12 years. She writes a blog about accessible church at and provides training for churches in the North West in partnership with the Blackburn Diocese. She loves creatively communicating God’s word and his love.
  • Mark Arnold

    Urban Saints

    Mark Arnold

    Mark Arnold is the Additional Needs Ministry Director at leading national Christian children’s and youth organisation Urban Saints and is Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, a vibrant and fast-growing online community. He blogs as the national award winning ‘The Additional Needs Blogfather’, and is father to James who is Autistic and has associated Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy.
  • John Williams

    John Williams

    John is head of Enable, a ministry of The Message Trust. Drawing on his wealth of experience in church ministry and his personal journey of living with cerebral palsy. Born eight weeks premature and diagnosed with a severe muscular disability, it was assumed John would never be able to walk, talk or be independent. By the grace and power of God, John is now able to inspire and encourage those facing their own difficulties. John is passionate about seeing people connect with the good news of Jesus, and is especially committed to ensuring that those with seen or unseen disabilities have opportunities to respond to the gospel, connect with and serve the local church and be released into the fullness of life that God has for them. Married to Stacey and a father to Samuel and Esther he loves following the greatest football team on the planet Manchester United, watching films and eating curry!