More than Welcome is for those who want to think about what it takes to support the full participation of disabled people at their church.
When: Saturday 18 January 2020 from 9.30 am–3.30 pm
Where: West Presbyterian Church, 91 Crawfordsburn Road, Bangor, BT19 1BG
Cost: £20 per person or £15 per person for groups of two or more
This course will train your church to respond to the challenge of disability. Whether it’s members of the youth group who have autism, older people with sight or hearing loss, people with learning disabilities or families struggling to care for a relative with dementia, every church has members affected by disability.
Why More than Welcome?
Despite one in six people in the UK experiencing disability, all too often churches don’t know how to respond. And those who do, can find themselves stuck in old, unhelpful ways of doing things. Together we will explore what it means to become a church where everyone can belong – one that doesn’t just welcome disabled people, but includes them within church life, and encourages them to grow and participate.
There will be discussion on questions like:
- What does the Bible really say about disability?
- What are the barriers that prevent disabled people coming to your church?
- How can we develop our prayer, worship and teaching to be more inclusive? What would that look like?
- How can we ensure that disabled people’s gifts are recognised and encouraged?
If you want to build the skills to work with people with learning disabilities, this course is for you. We talk about the Biblical principles behind welcoming disabled people, then look at communication, worship, prayer and teaching. We talk about how to use these skills in your church setting, and support people to participate fully in church life.