Each year, the Catalyst Social Action Fund resources churches and projects to work within their communities serving disadvantaged people and bringing support, hope and life to those most in need. In this blog, Rosie Swift from Kings Community Church shares about their ‘Treasure Trove’ project:
We are Treasure Trove, a group passionate about making the gospel accessible to everyone, no matter their ability. We run a Sunday group for children with additional needs and disabilities where we support them to integrate with the mainstream kids work, but also spend time teaching them about Jesus in a way that they can connect with. We pray with them and introduce them to a God who will always understand them fully, even when no one else does. Thanks to the grant from Catalyst we have been able to invest in these families all the more, and launch a new after-school club for children with additional needs in the community.
We have already seen so much fruit from our new club, with two new non-church families attending in the first two weeks! These families both tell stories of finding it difficult to access clubs and groups in the area, and feeling confused and lost in the world of raising kids with additional needs. Not only have we been able to bless them with an hour of fun, specialist activities for their little ones, but we are also seeing relationships forming between parents from church and non-church parents. We hope to see even more families from the community attending Treasured+, eventually joining us on Sundays and coming to know the ultimate Comforter, Jesus Christ.
We have also been able to invest more in our church families thanks to this grant. We believe that everyone, no matter their ability, is a vital part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:21-23) and they each have their part to play. Through Treasure Trove we’ve been able to invest in the spiritual development of these kids, seeing them grow in confidence to pray for one another, enjoy worship, and develop deeper relationships with our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
14.6% of children in 2018 had some form of special educational needs¹
. Do we see this reflected in our congregations? What are we doing to include those with additional needs and make the gospel accessible to them? If you already have families like this in your church, how could you serve them better? And if you don’t, why not contact your local SENCO or special school to see what kind of needs are in your area? If “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (1 Corinthians 12:22), then our church is incomplete without them.
Written by Rosie Swift