Autism – Mark Arnold

Hello, my name’s Mark Arnold and I’m the Additional Needs Ministry Director at Urban Saints. In this short video we are going to be exploring a bit more about autism, particularly thinking about autistic children, young people and young adults.

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Put simply a person has diabetes as a result of their pancreas failing to produce enough, or any, insulin. Insulin is required by the body to balance blood sugar levels. In my short blog I am not aiming to make you a medical expert but rather give you a better understanding of the condition and bust a few myths to help you feel more confident in accommodating people with diabetes fully in church life.

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Autism awareness – Alfie

Hi I’m Alfie, I’m 21 and I’m from Yardley Baptist Church. Erm, I’ve got Asperger’s Syndrome which is a type of Autism, which is a condition which affects social communication and sensory processing.

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Kidney Disease

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure aged 23. In this article I give suggestions about what a church can do to support people in their congregation who are similarly diagnosed. However, I will start with a short overview of the medical issues.

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Understanding Disability and Disabled People

Welcome to the HEBA Disability Justice Group web blogs. During 2022 the group will produce a series of articles about different aspects of disability and how disabled people can be enabled to participate in the life of our Baptist churches. This introductory article explores some of the ways that disability is understood and how disabled people are either excluded or included from society and church communities.

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Just a building?

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
Luke 21:5-6 (NIV)

I was recently asked to preach on this passage as part of a series through Luke and it got me thinking about the role that buildings can (and should?) play in our lives and in our worship.

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Last year I reminded you of HEBA’s vision and values – ‘Growing Healthy Churches’ and our commitment to companionship, generosity, diversity, learning and innovation. Whilst we want to develop all the values, our focus this year is ‘diversity’.

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“See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

I know that the new year begins on 1st January, but over the years I’ve been involved in churches, September has felt as much of a fresh beginning as January, maybe more so. Perhaps that’s because so much of what we do, and the programmes we run, are shaped by the academic year more than the calendar year?

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No Planet B

The Christian Churches around Birmingham are facing the challenges of Climate Change, together.

On Saturday June 29th 72 people gathered at the Quaker rooms in Bull Street under the theme of “No Planet B”. They included Baptists, Methodists, URC, Quakers, Catholics, Anglicans, Unitarians and Franciscan brothers; much of the organising and training was provided by Christian Aid and CAFOD working together.

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