Resources Available

We believe that most faith communities want to be better at inclusion, but may not know how!  It is important to know that there are resources available…and places where you can get more information.  A section of helpful links follows this section of materials for sale.

 

Materials for Sale (Hope Centre Ministries)

The following list is an example of some of the books we keep in stock to have available for purchase.  We have additional titles as well as books that  we can recommend.  Our lending library,  also referred to as the resource nook, is a great place to have coffee and borrow books from.  Please contact us for more information.

Circle of Friends Manual ($20.00) 

Written by Barbara Newman, Published by CLC Network

Some children benefit from an organized friendship network as well as an arena for practicing social skills. The Circle of Friends Manual gives directions and activities for setting up and maintaining circles in elementary, middle school, and high school settings.

Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship ($15.00)

Written by Barbara J. Newman with contributions by Betty Grit, Published by CLC Network

Looking for some practical ideas on Faith Formation in relationship to persons with disabilities? This book provides many ideas for creating an environment where you can introduce the good news of Jesus Christ to a family member or church friend with an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The book also uses a concept known as “Vertical Habits” to give a framework for creating inclusive communities of worship where each one can use the gifts God has given to participate in  a worship conversation with God. Transform the worship environment for ALL by welcoming each one.

Every Child Welcome  ($20.00)

Written by Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo, Published by Kregal Publications

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 positive environment for children—one where all children will be able to digest the important concepts being taught. For leaders and volunteers, Every Child Welcome will provide the knowledge and tools to nurture inclusion.

Just the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability ($20.00)

Written by Krista Marie Horning, Published by Christian Focused Publications

A beautifully produced coffee-table style book with inspirational verses and pictures of those who have a disability. You will see God’s providence and sovereignty in lives affected and impacted by disability

Autism and Your Church  ($30.00)

Written by Barbara Newman, Published by Faith Alive Christian Resources

This book relates the basics about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as giving very practical ideas about how to welcome individuals with ASD and best accommodate for differences in worship services, children’s small groups and adult small groups.

According to new numbers released in the area of autism, one out of every 68 people falls somewhere on the Autism Spectrum.  Author Barbara Newman feels that with those numbers, it’s clear that most church communities need this information.  “It’s my prayer that God will use this resource to better equip church communities to include and welcome persons with ASD.”

Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities ($30.00)

Written by Barbara Newman, Published by Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Information is critical when including children with disabilities in a peer group. This book supplies tools for teachers, peers, and parents of peers by giving basic information for educators concerning specific disabilities, lesson plans for teaching peers about those areas of disability, and sample letters that can be adapted to send home to parents of peers.

Helpful Links

Disabilities Concerns (a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church of North America) offers resources to help you plan a service or series of services that emphasize God’s wide, welcoming love for all people including people with various disabilities.

Friendship Ministries provides resources that support faith formation and congregational inclusion for individuals with intellectual disability.

Key Ministry promotes meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Lift Disability Network includes a family network, learning network, and ministry network for the families and providers of individuals with disabilities. Its efforts are combined with the Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities, and they are associated with over 200 organizations across the country.