Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs
by Katie Wetherbee & Jolene Philo
A guide to children's ministry that serves families with special needs Jesus set a high standard when He said "Let the littlechildren come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." The call isnot limited to children who will sit quietly at His feet and listen, who color between the lines, who raise their hands and wait to be called upon, and who work at grade level. Children's ministriesare responsible to be ready to bring children withdisabilities to Jesus' feet too. Every Child Welcome is the guide for leaders and volunteers to assist in purposeful planning and skill development for a ministry inclusive of children with unique needs.
Experienced children's ministry leaders, and parents of special-needs children themselves, the authors are superbly equipped to offer a thoughtful, thorough approach to creating a positiveenvironment for children--one where all children will be able to digest the important concepts beingtaught. For leaders and volunteers, Every Child Welcome will provide the knowledge and tools to:
-create a welcoming environment before kids arrive welcome children and set a positive tone
-help children learn more effectively by connectingnew information to what they already know
-reinforce the main idea of a lesson, building background knowledge and reviewing important concepts
-supplement instruction with hands-on activities to increase attention and participation
-reinforce and wrap up an activity effectively.
KatieWetherbee (BA, Special Education, Vanderbilt University; MA, Education, Hood College) has worked asa public school teacher and is now a speaker andeducational consultant. Her experience as a motherto a child with special needs, along with her teaching background and leadership in children's ministry, gives her a fully-developed perspective on children's ministry.
Jolene Philo's first child was born with a life-threatening birth defect.He survived and is an adult now, but Jolene's experiences created a deep desire to reach out to parents of critically or chronically ill children. Jolene (BA, Elementary Education, Westmar College; MS, Effective Teaching, Drake University) has been apublic school teacher with an inclusive classroomand is author of A Different Dream for My Child,Different Dream Parenting, and Caregiver's Notebook.