The Pondering Platypus

A place to connect with the life & ministry of Kay Morgan-Gurr

A photo of Kay wearing red glasses, a red cardigan and a flowery scarf with red flowers

Supporting Resilient Faith Formation
In Children, Youth and Adults of All Abilities

As a Speaker • Consultant • Advisor • Trainer • Writer
On Additional Needs & Disability

I am Co Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance.
We have a Facebook group with over 2,500 members, and
a website, where you can see our vision and aims.

The logo for Children Worldwide. The strap line reads: Resourcing, Supporting, Training

I am a member of Children Worldwide, and was the national director along with my husband Steve for many years.

I am in the process of setting up the ‘Pondering Platypus Resources’ website.
It will be full of accessible prayer resources for families to use together.

Latest Blogs

  • The Things People Say!
    Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (#IDPD2021). Wow, that’s a mouthful! Because of it being that day, I wanted to have some fun and show some of the things said to me as a disabled person (Yes, you are allowed to laugh!)….and hope it also helps to raise awareness about how people seeContinue reading “The Things People Say!”
  • An Update
    A bit of an overly honest update for you this time. Sorry. Alongside the following, there have been many blessings in my ministry which if you follow me on social media you will have seen. I will share a few more at a later date. The encouragement I get in ministry is wonderful. It’s hardContinue reading “An Update”
  • Problem? Or Purpose & Potential?
    I originally wrote this over 9 years ago! It was posted on my ancient ‘Musings of a kids worker’ blog, but I found the draft of it when sorting through old files trying to find something else. Because it’s ‘Disability History Month’ I’ve been picking up some historical blogs again and this has been addedContinue reading “Problem? Or Purpose & Potential?”
  • A Brief Update
    I’ll start with a heartfelt thanks to all those who support and pray for us – we couldn’t do what we do without you all! If you missed the update about the streamlining of my ministry, you can catch up a little with this interview with our pastor, Andy. It gives a brief overview ofContinue reading “A Brief Update”
  • High Court Ruling
    This is a difficult post to write. Information about the court ruling I am talking about can be found here (Click the word ‘here’ that is in bold print) It needs a trigger warning for text talking about ‘elective termination’ up to 40 weeks, specifically due to disability. The difference with this campaign is itsContinue reading “High Court Ruling”
  • Social Media – Private vs Ministry.
    With my change in ministry focus, I’m also trying to put better practices in place that mean I can create a healthier separation between home life and work. I know it’s an issue many who work from home face, and like me – many have found the pandemic has blurred the lines even further.Almost allContinue reading “Social Media – Private vs Ministry.”
  • What Was I Praying…?
    I wrote this back in 2013 as part of a longer series on prayer. I’ve reworked it a bit to to make it a stand alone piece and also have it on the Pondering Platypus Resources site. I hope you find it helpful: Let’s be honest – we all find prayer difficult at some pointContinue reading “What Was I Praying…?”
  • What Are You Afraid Of?
    I’m shielding.I’ve seen posts on social media saying people like me are cowards, making a mountain out of a molehill, or making Covid an excuse for what we don’t want to do etc. None of these things are true! No one has actually asked me what I’m afraid of, but I’m aware there are someContinue reading “What Are You Afraid Of?”
  • “But, You’re Disabled?”: Ministry, Disability and How it Works (For Me).
    Just in case you don’t know me: I’m in full time ministry and have been for over 27 years. I’m also disabled. I don’t want disability to be the starting point – but rather an ‘Oh by the way’, because I am more than my wheels and the way my eyes work. That should beContinue reading ““But, You’re Disabled?”: Ministry, Disability and How it Works (For Me).”
  • The Adventure Continues
    Having shared an update on my ministry last week, I promised something on what ministry will look like for me now. There are some regular things that will repeat along with other known stuff. But there will be some unknowns – a given in any ministry. Here’s the basics for you: Additional Needs AllianceI’ve notContinue reading “The Adventure Continues”
  • Changes Afoot
    I have news…. In my ministry I wear many, many hats. Too many hats – which is never good, and very hard to explain. But that’s not the news! On my Facebook memories a few weeks ago, I saw a post from 2019 that listed what my week was like – one day had 3Continue reading “Changes Afoot”
  • Faith Vaccination
    Vaccines have understandably taken on a new wonder recently. It’s the thing that appears to be bringing about a lowering of illness and death, and the reason we are starting to have more freedoms. As a ex nurse, I’ve always been a believer in all vaccines. They are a good thing. A dead, weakened orContinue reading “Faith Vaccination”
  • Morgan-Gurr Musings May 2021
    We’re not the best at updating those who pray for us. Aside from the monthly mission partner updates for our home church, we tend to rely on social media to update…. but many of our prayer partners don’t follow social media (sensible people)! We can only do what we do with prayer, therefore; here isContinue reading “Morgan-Gurr Musings May 2021”
  • Hugs & Awareness Days
    The writer in me really enjoys having two random things to combine in a post, and today gives me the satisfaction of being able to do this. Both of the illnesses I have are pain disorders: One is Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome (CMPS). If I lived in the USA I could add ‘stage four’ atContinue reading “Hugs & Awareness Days”
  • Transferring Websites
    Due to changes in the software on Wix, editing my old site is no longer visually accessible – which has forced me to look elsewhere.It seems many website creating platforms help you to make your site accessible to others……but they don’t expect visually impaired to people to create websites!I’ve also been recently told of manyContinue reading “Transferring Websites”
  • Inclusion Is Not a ‘Special Interest’, It’s the Gospel.
    It is International Day of Persons with Disabilities today “Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity.” Ban Ki-moon. I usually blog about this day. But I didn’t know what to write. I’ve had my fillContinue reading “Inclusion Is Not a ‘Special Interest’, It’s the Gospel.”
  • It Takes A Whole Church To Nurture Faith
    Ok, so the title of this post isn’t my own – It’s stolen from a colleague who was writing material for Children Matter’s project ‘Faithfull Generation’. As part of the team putting this project together, I felt it was ok to use it…. I’m sure I’ll be forgiven! In my mother’s day post I referredContinue reading “It Takes A Whole Church To Nurture Faith”
  • Spiritual Inclusion
    I’m going to be at the Hand in Hand conference in Eastbourne. The Additional Needs Alliance (ANA) has for the last few years done a forum before the conference, but this year we decided to run it through the main conference itself. One of the key subjects we will be looking at in the ANAContinue reading “Spiritual Inclusion”