A blog post from George (9) and Bev (not 9)
April was Autism Awareness month but we are now in May and we personally didn’t get to do anything to promote Autism Awareness (or even better Autism Acceptance). So today we are going to hi-jack the church blog to share some thoughts about Autism.
George is awesomely autistic, so he is the expert here, Bev (mum) is just going to help a bit.
Autism is not an illness, it means your brain works in a different way to most other people. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently. Autistic people share certain traits but being autistic will affect each person in different ways.
Many autistic people have repetitive behaviour, big interests, they might feel and see things differently and often struggle with speech and non verbal communication. Sometimes we only want to focus on a couple of things and some of us don’t need much sleep or can’t sleep because we are thinking. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues and other conditions. Each autistic person is unique and will need different kinds of support.
A lot of difficulties that Autistic people experience is because the world doesn’t really think about us... at shopping centres the lights are too bright and the music too loud for many autistic people to cope with. They change this during Autism Hour.
Sometimes people say ‘we are all a bit autistic’, what they often mean by this is that there are some parts of Autism that they are able to relate to. Commonalities can be really helpful in enabling people to understand each other but only 1% of the population has a diagnosis - so we are quite rare! People with a diagnosis generally have an experience that goes way beyond what people outside of it experience. Sometimes the tendencies can be seriously disabling, especially because our society in general, isn’t designed with autistic people in mind.
People can help autistic people by turning the lights down but this won’t help all autistic people, I really like disco lights, so the best thing really is to just ask.
Autistic people can also help you because we have some great ideas.
People make guesses about autistic people but the guesses might be wrong, the best thing is to just ask.
In Philippians 2:4 St Paul says ‘Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.’
It’s good to understand one another!
George and Bev
To support faith at home during Holy Week, the Methodist Church in Britain have put together a number of resources.
The Children, Youth and Family team of the Methodist Church in Britain has curated and created a whole suite of resources here.
These include a series of activities for families to do together at home throughout the week and a brand new journalling resource A Holy Week Journey for young people. This can also be found below.
There are also resources available online for worship as a wider Church during Holy Week and Easter, including service sheets for worship at home and a poster to print and place in your home windows.
Frodsham Methodist Church Webmaster
Frodsham Methodist Church's Christmas Tree Festival 2018 was officially opened by the member of parliament for the Weaver Vale constituency, Mr Mike Amesbury, MP, last night Friday 7th December).
The Christmas Tree Festival is open on both Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday will see special worship services amongst the trees.
Do come along. We hope to see you there.
Join us to celebrate the charities and voluntary organisations that work so hard in our community.
Fun afternoon with activities, food tasting, a walk ans a talent concert.
More details to follow.
Monday 22nd August, 2016
Cookery Club priced at £6 per child to pay for all equipment and items needed. Contact Andrea on 07749877823 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
Family Walk. Meeting at 2pm at Frodsham Methodist Church.
Wednesday 24th August, 2016
Film Club in the Quiet Room at Frodsham Methodist Church. Starting at 2.pm, a film for children aged 7 and over. Starting at 7.pm, a film for Year 6 and above.
Check out our Calendar for a listing of all events.
Frodsham Methodist Church on YouTube here.
North Cheshire Circuit on YouTube here.
The reflections are written by members of our congregation.