Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs Paperback – April 27, 2015
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo could not possibly make the notion of serving kids with special needs more inviting than they have in this book! Tremendously engaging in using the metaphor of welcoming dinner guests, these seasoned experts make it easy for any church to follow the recipe for inclusion success. This is a must-own reference for children's ministry directors of any denomination." (Barb Dittrich, Snappin' Ministries 2015-04-27)
"I have been waiting for this book for more than a decade! Every other disability ministry book is written with me, a special needs ministry leader, in mind as the audience. Every Child Welcome is a book that I can put in every volunteer's hands to equip them to say yes to children of all abilities. Not only does it offer a diverse menu of easy-to-understand teaching strategies, the cherry on top is the chapter on supporting children with disabilities as they serve. As a ministry leader and as a special needs mom, I’m so thankful for Jolene's and Katie's reminders that all of us have something to contribute to the body of Christ." (Shannon Dingle, MAEd, Special needs ministry leader at Providence Baptist Church (Raleigh, NC) 2015-04-27)
"Jolene Philo and Katie Wetherbee have created an amazing resource for all churches with programming for children. The specificity and range of this new book are not only supportive of children with special needs but the suggestions will serve to improve the quality and welcome for all children. It's a recipe for success!" (Barbara J. Newman, author and church services director for CLC Network 2015-04-27)
"Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo have pulled from their vast resources and personal experiences to create a how-to book that provides help beyond setting up an inclusive ministry program. This book offers instant ideas, from peer greeters to sponge activities and service projects, for the teacher who wants to include a child with special needs but feels unequipped to do so. A great resource to use alongside any Sunday school curriculum for shaping hearts and changing lives." (Marjorie Redford, Children's product editor, HeartShaper® Children’s Curriculum 2015-04-27)
"As a mother of two adopted daughters with twelve medical and mental health diagnoses between them, I felt myself breathe deep the hope that such a resource can bring to the church of God worldwide. This guide takes what could seem an overwhelming and daunting task--inviting children with disabilities fully into the life of a church--and makes it both possible and exciting. I recommend every church have a copy of this book on hand, not just for their children's ministries, but for how it can help churches grow in all ways to fulfill Luke 14's mandate: inviting EVERYone to God's table of fellowship and ministry." (Laurie Wallin, author of Get Your Joy Back 2015-04-27)
About the Author
Katie Wetherbee (BA, Special Education, Vanderbilt University; MA, Education, Hood College) has worked as a public school teacher and is now a speaker and educational consultant. Her experience as a mother to 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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Katie and Jolene have successfully managed to distill a lifetime of experience as educators, ministry leaders and parents of children with disabilities into a concise guide for anyone seeking seeking to share the love of Christ with kids. Every Child Welcome is STUFFED with hundreds of practical ideas and strategies for including kids of all levels of intellectual, physical, developmental and emotional disability into the environments and activities in which we help them to grow to know and love God. This is not a book that will be read once and stuck on a shelf...well-worn copies will be found on the desks and in the workspaces of those serving in children's ministry, family ministry and special needs ministry because it is destined to become the "go-to" reference when leaders look for answers in seeking to minister with kids with disabilities and their families.
While I can't buy a copy for every children's ministry or special needs ministry leader in the country, I can (and did) buy copies for the ministry leaders serving at my church.
Unfortunately in most of our churches, children with special needs are shoved aside due to what seems like insurmountable walls that we have unwittingly place around our church ministries. Yet if you desire to break down these barriers, there is a book that will help you in this endeavor, Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs, by Tate Wetherbee and Jolene Philo. This book is produced by Kregel Publications, takes Jesus’s words spoken to his disciples in the gospels very seriously specifically when he stated “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for two such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Even if our hearts desire is to minister to all the children in our ministry or welcoming those who have special needs into our ministries, then a game plan needs to be devised to include those who need to hear the gospel in a way that is tangible to their ears. In Every Child Welcome, Weatherbee and Philo demonstrate to children’s ministry leaders how to create an environment that is not only welcoming to children with special needs, but includes them in activities that makes them feel a heart of the local church. One thing that the author stress is to avoid singling any child out due to their inability or problematic actions to any lesson, game, or activity.
With this in mind Weatherbee and Philo lay out a great philosophy of ministry but truly focus on how to practically and faithfully fulfill that philosophy. This is a book that a children’s ministry leader will come back to again and again, not only for ideas for the children’s ministry but how to fine-tune their Ministry to make it more accessible to any and all children who desire to hear God’s word from their local church. As a children’s Minister myself I highly recommend this book as a practical tool for not only children’s pastors but for each and every children’s ministry leader so that their hearts may be melted in their arms may be opened to welcome any and all children who enter their ministry.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Kregel Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs
© 2015 by Tate Wetherbee and Jolene Philo
Publisher: Kregel Press
Page Count: 176 Pages
The book can be used as a planning tool that helps one to prepare programs suitable for special needs children; a cookbook of recipes for teaching activities; a menu of options of ideas, lessons, and background information; plus specialized information for specific situations. Packed with time-tested methods and plans, the book is a buffet of exciting ideas that can be used straight out of the book. There are simple prayers about how to welcome children; prepare fellow workers; guide parents; and encourage the children. There are activities that are easy to prepare and extremely practical to implement. The big challenge of course is the execution part of it. With care, the authors point out the innate need of such children to be affirmed, understood, and receive compassion. That is what the title of the book is about: Welcoming every child and making every child feels welcome. It begins with a welcoming heart. I appreciate the emphasis on teaching biblical truths, which make the book equally useful for Church Educators or other Christian communities having childcare facilities; Sunday Schools; Summer School; and other programs. The suggestions for the various activities do not just stop there. Wetherbee and Philo even list down specific items that we can easily get from the neighbourhood dollar shops or department stores. Every chapter oozes with ideas and actitivities.
Now, readers may be wondering, what are the kinds of special needs children? Surely there are too many to list? The sample ministry statement show us that not knowing the specifics does not necessarily render us helpless. We can start from a general perspective and adapt accordingly. I appreciate the two-fold mission statement:
To help our church become a place where children with special needs and their families are welcomed and included as full participants in the life of the church.
To help children with special needs know, love and share the Lord.
What special needs are we talking about? It could be physical facilities that may not have adequate considerations for the physically impaired or places with convenient washrooms or toilets. It could be learning how to adapt common popular curriculum. It could also be learning how to include rest times and quiet zones. It could be children with sensitive noses or allergies which calls for a scent-free environment. Even the choice of resources need to be examined. Should one go paper or electronic? What about those who cannot see? What about communications? Are there library resources for children to use? There are even suggestions for reading, especially for those with reading disabilities. Those with dyslexia need a boost of self-esteem. Educators can teach them to memorize Bible verses by heart or guiding them with phrases that they would enjoy filling in themselves. One can also use choral reading or use products like audio-visual resources to aid the teaching. One also needs to be sensitive to the colours perceived by individual children. for example, white glaring pages can be discomforting for some.
It really takes someone experienced in special needs children in order to write such an important book. While there are many Sunday School and kids' material on the Internet, there are very few that address the needs of special needs children and educators. It is a specialized area of training. Thankfully, this book has been written to enable more people to understand the nuances and the planning needed to make every child feel welcome. Perhaps, in learning how to deal with special needs individuals, we may begin to realize how much we have taken our own physical abilities for granted. We may complain less. We may even see things from a more humble perspective. The biggest value in reading this book is that when we try to make every child feel welcome, we learn to treat others with greater care and dignity.
Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.