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Monthly Archives: November 2015
Prayer for healing often needs to be repeated and sustained over an extended period of time. Continue reading
Posted in Depression, Key Ministry, Leadership, Mental Health Tagged Bay Presbyterian Church, Brokenness, Depression, Garnett Slatton, healing, Jesus, leprosy, prayer 4 Comments
Karen Jackson…A Personal Plea from an Autism Mom
Karen Jackson shares a personal plea to reach out to those caregivers who seem to have it together. Continue reading
Clinging to Faith while Parenting Children with PTSD
God was in control when his Son hung on the cross. Surely he is in control of the lives of our traumatized children, too. Continue reading
4 Reasons Traumatized Kids Need Mentally Healthy Parents
Children of depressed parents have a higher risk of developing PTSD. Continue reading
Posted in Depression, Families, Mental Health, Parents, PTSD Tagged abuse, children, children's ministry, Depression, Does My Child Have PTSD?, Jolene Philo, Key Ministry, mentally healthy, Parents, PTSD, student ministry 3 Comments
Disability and abortion: How should the church respond?
Show the love and grace we received from Christ with others, including those who have had abortions and those who are experiencing difficulties as parents of children with disabilities. Preach the gospel faithfully to those who did and those who didn’t choose life. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Key Ministry Tagged abortion, church, culture of life, Disability, Down Syndrome, grace, John Knight, Shannon Dingle, Special Needs Ministry Leave a comment
Rethinking “disability” in the church
But the newer thinking is that it’s not your body that disables you, it’s the environment around you.” For example, an environment full of stairs is actually what disables a person in a wheelchair. “That’s a much more interesting way to look at disability,” he adds. “So the onus isn’t on the ‘disabled’ person, it’s on the environment and on all of us.”
How Parents Can Advocate Effectively for Traumatized Children
Because children with PTSD can’t advocate for themselves. They need us to be their voice when they are too small and too broken to advocate on their own behalf. This post discusses three skills parents must cultivate to be effective advocates for traumatized kids. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Hidden Disabilities, Mental Health, PTSD, Strategies Tagged advocacy, Does My Child Have PTSD?, Jolene Philo, parent advocate, PTSD, trauma Leave a comment
Should adoption be the church’s response to abortion?
Adoption should be our response to a child in need of a family. Meanwhile, support in a variety of forms should be our response to a pregnant woman in need. Let’s not confuse the two. Continue reading
Posted in Adoption, Controversies, Key Ministry Tagged abortion, Adoption, culture of life, Foster Care, Key Ministry, Pro-Life, Shannon Dingle 3 Comments
Creating a more supportive church culture…one congregation’s journey…
We are in the beginning stages, but perhaps the most beautiful firstfruits have been watching the healing that goes both ways when parents who have been on the journey longer come alongside those who are just beginning to deal with these struggles. The support brings a sense of greater purpose to parents sharing what they have learned with others.
Posted in Advocacy, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Parents, Stories, Strategies Tagged ADHD, Bonnie Lyn Smith, Calvary Chapel Chelmsford, Disability Ministry, disability ministry innovation, focus groups, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, mental illness, mood disorders, sensory integration, Special Needs Ministry, support groups 1 Comment
How to Prevent PTSD in Traumatized Children
This post reviews some of the techniques parents and other adults can use to lower the risk of PTSD developing in our kids after they experience a traumatic event.
Posted in Mental Health, PTSD, Strategies Tagged adolescents, children, Dr. Peter Levine, Jolene Philo, Key Ministry, Maggie Kline, prevention, PTSD, resilience, trauma, trauma-proofing your kids Leave a comment