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Faith Formation: Special Needs

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Children's Books

Apple and Magnolia: Laura Gehl, Patricia Metola: 9781947888357:  Books          Bear's Bicycle     The Boy Who Grew Flowers     Picture of Different--A Great Thing to Be!     Elephant's Music: Filipina, Monika: 9781433835056: Books               Main_lend_a_hand_cover               The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder               We Can                         

Addresses issues children might hear about in the news and may not understand; straightforward and kid-friendly explanations of tough topics; includes ideas for what they can do to help make the world a better, fairer place. Each book has a glossary and additional resources.

The series includes: Culture and Diversity; Rights and Equality; Protecting the Planet; and Rules and Responsibilities.

Books to Help Talk about Bullying     Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Tweens & Teens Books

Diary of a Young Naturalist     Disability Visibility     Rolling Warrior     We Can

Chapter Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind     Celebrate Diversity with Chapter Books

Adult Books

The Autism of Gxd          Book - Paperback     Picture of Disability     Disability and the Church          Disability Visibility     Disability Visibility     Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness     My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church - Kindle  edition by Kenny, Amy. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @     Read This to Get Smarter     Sincerely, Your Autistic Child     Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry     Picture of Views from the Spectrum

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

United Church of Christ Minnesota ConferenceThe MN Conference UCC Faith Formation Resources page includes resources for Talking with Children about Violence and Anti-Racism:



shares several resources about well-being in Covid-19 times, including this list geared toward caring for Youth.

UMC Ministry with Children (fb) includes tips on empowering and listening to children in this time of pandemic and a list of resources for further mental and spiritual health and formation.

The PACER Center (, 952-838-9000) is Minnesota’s primary parent resource for navigating the IEP and 504 process. They provide resources and staff to advise parents and professionals regarding their needs. Rev. Stephanie Friant, a member of the Disability Concerns Ministry and volunteer PACER Parent Leader, is trained and available to review IEPs with parents/guardians, assist with IEP meetings, and answer questions from church staff or contacts (815-592-3207,

Trainings, Seminars, & Websites

Arc's virtual program library is a free hub of on-demand activities that can be done from home by people with disabilities, their families, and service providers.

Browse listings to find activities like:

  • Dance, yoga, and other movement activities 
  • Internet safety
  • Virtually touring places like Disney World and museums
  • Jeopardy templates
  • Self-advocacy support

Browse Arc's programs here.


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In Our Library

     Book cover of Accessible Gospel          Watering Can Press - Home Page     Autism and Your Church - Barbara J Newman | Faith Alive Christian Resources          Child by Child: Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families  -     By: Susan Richardson    Autism and Faith cover Teaching Helps     Every Child Welcome          Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities     Book cover shows colorful pinwheel          THE SPIRITUAL ART RAISING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES