“Hello. My name is Greg Cloud. I’m 29 years old. I have red hair, blue eyes and I am right-handed. I also have an extra chromosome. I was born with all of these. Like you I was beautifully made by my God.” Read More →

“Just come, just get here.”

Sometimes, the best first step is invitation. Who knows how many people don’t attend on any given Sunday simply because no one has asked them?

The video below, from Harvest Bible Chapel in Oakville, Ontario, is an excellent example of an invitation for families with children with special needs. It also goes beyond the invitation to say we have prepared a place for you. Not only are you welcome here, but we have anticipated your arrival and have arranged the additional support you need.

For more information on the Building Communities of Belonging conference on May 3rd at Harvest, you can download the poster, follow the facebook event, or register today! Until the end of March, buy one ticket to register and bring someone else along for free.

harvestniagaraAttending Harvest Bible Chapel in Niagara, Ontario, Brett and Breha have experienced a transformative journey which led to their adoption of William, a child with exceptional needs. Learn more about their spiritual growth as part of Harvest Niagara from 0:00 to 3:45, or jump to the story of William’s adoption at 3:46. Many of us, I’m sure, can relate to Brett’s observation (5:04) of our own tendency to place a primary emphasis on a lot of secondary things.

CLC Network LogoCLC Network is a faith-based, non-profit that promotes the development of people with a variety of abilities and disabilities to live as active, integrated members of their communities. We partner with families and organizations to understand more fully the individuals we serve and to build support systems that enable their inclusion in all aspects of life. Some of the services we offer include individual, strengths-based evaluations, school and church consultations, professional development sessions, and a variety of resources for understanding and including all of God’s children.

CLC Network also provides services specifically for Churches:

CLC Network Church Services

Looking for a resource to help church leaders and members welcome and engage people disabilities in the life of the church? : Faith Alive has recently released the second edition of Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves. Description: Knowing the particular disability a person lives with will help churches better to understand and help that person, but people Read More →