About Aslan

 

A very warm welcome to the Aslan website!

The information and resources on this site are freely available for anyone interested in providing an alternative Sunday School experience for 5-19 year olds with special needs.

At Tonbridge Baptist Church, we have been running an Aslan group since 2013 and I love being part of this ministry. My prayer is that many other similar groups will be set up so that whole families can benefit from belonging to churches that offer opportunities for each member to grow in their understanding of the love of God and what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

All the resources were added with group sessions in mind, but since the introduction of social distancing in March 2020, I have added a new section, ‘Aslan at Home’. This works well for anyone wanting Bible teaching and activities to do at home, but would work equally well in a church setting if the group was small. Read more about it here.

I would love to know if you find these resources useful. Do leave feedback if you have time.

God bless,

Special Needs

A model for children who thrive on an alternative church experience.

 

Tried and Tested

All the resources on this website have been tried, tested and developed for a group of varying abilities over a 6-year period.

 

Completely Free

These resources are completely free. Please download, print and adapt as you wish!

 

Aslan Lessons

If you click on the Resources page  you’ll find all the lesson content, information on running a session, an explanation of the different levels of ability catered for, and a 3-year plan.  You can follow the plan systematically or just dip into anything that appeals!

Mark Arnold

This is an awesome resource website. Jackie Potter and the Aslan team have years of relevant and skilled experience and this experience pours out of this creative, well thought through, and easy to use website.

The website was rightly recognised in the Premier Digital Awards last year, but the highest recognition is in the lives of the many children who have been able to access church children’s work through these resources.

Mark is Additional Needs Ministry Director at Urban Saints and co-founder of Additional Needs Alliance

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2020-10-05T21:20:07+01:00
This is an awesome resource website. Jackie Potter and the Aslan team have years of relevant and skilled experience and this experience pours out of this creative, well thought through, and easy to use website. The website was rightly recognised in the Premier Digital Awards last year, but the highest recognition is in the lives of the many children who have been able to access church children’s work through these resources. Mark is Additional Needs Ministry Director at Urban Saints and co-founder of Additional Needs Alliance Trustpilot review

Rebecca B

For us, having Aslan has made the difference between us being able to come to church or not. It means our other children can come and enjoy their groups. It means that we can sit in the service instead of having to stand outside (literally outside the building) with Joshua as we used to do because he couldn’t cope with normal groups or sitting in the service and by that point he would be too stressed to even stay in the building.

For Joshua it has meant having something that he can enjoy and get something out of and enjoy feeling wanted, loved and part of something. It is ‘his’ space where he feels safe and valued and not a nuisance or something to be ‘dealt with’. We love the level of understanding and the clear boundaries so the children can enjoy something of their own interests and still engage with the ASLAN learning.

Rebecca is mum of one of the first boys to attend Aslan
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2016-06-16T10:14:25+01:00
For us, having Aslan has made the difference between us being able to come to church or not. It means our other children can come and enjoy their groups. It means that we can sit in the service instead of having to stand outside (literally outside the building) with Joshua as we used to do because he couldn’t cope with normal groups or sitting in the service and by that point he would be too stressed to even stay in the building. For Joshua it has meant having something that he can enjoy and get something out of and enjoy feeling wanted, loved and part of something. It is ‘his’ space where he feels safe and valued and not a nuisance or something to be ‘dealt with’. We love the level of understanding and the clear boundaries so the children can enjoy something of their own interests and still engage with the ASLAN learning. Rebecca is mum of one of the first boys to attend Aslan

Emma

We have been using the 'At Home' resources for church at home during lockdown and beyond (while we wait for children's groups to re-open at church). They are brilliant: truly accessible, meaningful for us all as a family and fun! It has been so moving to hear our child actually able to fully engage at her own level and even 'read' a prayer for us all. Thank you for these wonderful resources.

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2020-10-07T10:51:26+01:00
We have been using the 'At Home' resources for church at home during lockdown and beyond (while we wait for children's groups to re-open at church). They are brilliant: truly accessible, meaningful for us all as a family and fun! It has been so moving to hear our child actually able to fully engage at her own level and even 'read' a prayer for us all. Thank you for these wonderful resources. Trustpilot review
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Our Blog

Here’s our blog with some extra information which could be helpful and which I will keep adding to. There’s also a bit more about me and the background story of how Aslan came about which you might find interesting!