How to Include Autistic Children and Young People in Church

4th May 2022

"Without considered and intentional measures, many aspects of church life can pose challenges for autistic children and young people." - Mark Arnold

'How To Include Autistic Children And Young People In Church' is a new book written by Mark Arnold (Additional Needs Ministry Director) and part of the popular Grove Youth series of books.

The book (available for £3.95 from the Urban Saints Shop) is a practical guide that provides useful advice on how to make church a space where autistic children and young people can thrive. It urges children’s, youth and families’ workers to be agents of change within both their own ministries and the wider church community, building a better place of inclusion, belonging and spiritual development for all.

Mark invites us to develop our understanding of what autism is (and is not), by going on a journey that will help us to include - and create belonging in church for - all autistic children and young people. On the way, we will explore why some of what we typically do in church can create barriers for autistic children and young people, and highlight the importance of children's, youth and families' workers being agents of change.

"Twenty five pages packed with information and ideas, this is a must-read book if you work with children and young people in church. Sit down with a cup of coffee and this book for half an hour and it could change your ministry." - Sue Price, Hand in Hand Conference Manager, Kingsway CLC Trust

We will identify how to remove or reduce these barriers and who to do this with with, and finish our journey by showing that if we create a place where autistic children and young people thrive, we create a better place of inclusion, belonging and spiritual development for everyone.

“Mark offers a fantastic introduction to supporting autistic children in the church. For both the experienced practitioner and someone looking for information there is so much packed into this short booklet. If every church were to implement these simple suggestions and principles our communities would be the richer for it.” - Olly Goldenberg, Children Can

Mark has also produced a training seminar to go alongside the book, enabling children’s, youth and family’s workers to be able to successfully put the ideas and strategies shared in the book into practice. The first seminar, scheduled for June, sold out really quickly but there are plans for future seminars, including one schedule for mid July. Seminar attendees will get a free copy of the book included in their ticket price.

Find out more about the seminar

If you want to purchase a copy of the book for yourself (or for someone in your group or church), please visit the Urban Saints Shop.

Urban Saints Shop

If you are interested in the other ways that we are supporting, equipping and enabling children’s, youth and family’s workers, church leaders, family members and others to journey with, include, and create belonging for children and young people with a range of additional needs, please visit: