Starting a(nother) SEND Messy Church

Trish Hahn, our Regional Coordinator for SEND Messy Churches sent us this blog. If you'd llike to get in touch with Trish, you can contact her on mcsendcoordinator@gmail.com New Beginnings 

Children's Work Cup Winners 2015

Congratulations to Mish Mash Messy Church at Christ the King, Kettering! This group has been awarded the Diocese of Peterborough Children's Work Cup 2015. Mish Mash is for families who have a child or children with special/additional needs. 

Messy Church SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Coordinator

Does your Messy Church attract all ages with special needs and disabilities? Could you do with some advice? We are delighted to announce that Trish Hahn will be our Messy Church SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Coordinator, offering support and advice to Messy Churches. Welcome to Trish! She has 16+ years worth of working with children and teenagers, is passionate about Messy Church and working with families who have additional needs and disabilities.

SEND Messy Church

The wonderful Trish Hahn is pioneering Messy Church for families whose young members have additional needs. You can see her Messy Church in Hemel Hempstead in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzy8k8e9y-0 If you're interested in finding out more, you can contact Trish via lucy.moore@brf.org.uk

Messy Hands - Training in Makaton?

Trish Hahn writes: I have a question related to Messy Church and Makaton. As you know our Messy Church is for kids with SEN and we are using Makaton more regularly at each session to include it during worship and story time. I am on a closed Facebook site called Additional Needs Alliance which brings together parents and youth workers within church setting to discuss ways to include those with disabilities/additional needs. So far several people have said that they think use of Makaton within worship would be beneficial to those who are limited in communication.

Messy Church & people with disabilities

Many Messy Churches enjoy the company of people with disabilities. With this in mind, we asked Cristina Gangemi to describe how to make a Messy Church experience most helpful for families in which someone has a disability. Cristina produced the following piece of work full of interest, challenge and practical ideas. Some of these we can put into practice tomorrow; some of them require careful planning and some may be a step too far for teams who are already stretched. But we can all have our eyes opened to new ways of making sure that all people are welcome in our Messy Churches.