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Accessible Cathedral Carol Service – 16th December

Accessible Cathedral Carol Service – 16th December

A remarkable accessible Carol Service in a wonderful place, organised by CfA partner Disability & Jesus. This is what they have to say about it: ‘Our first ever national event celebrating an inclusive Christmas will be held on Sat 16th of December in St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle (starting 1pm). If you’re not from the region come along make a weekend of it, do your Christmas shopping in Newcastle.’ For more information click...

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Ability Sunday is the 10th September

Ability Sunday is the 10th September

A day to celebrate everyone’s gifts. This Sunday 10th September, is Ability Sunday. Livability is calling churches UK-wide to join together and mark out this as a special day in their community. With a special focus on disability, the day is about celebrating the gifts of everyone and working for inclusive and accessible church. Ability Sunday provides churches with an information pack for how to run the day, a sermon outline and notes – based on the Bible theme of ‘Love your neighbour’ (Luke 10: 24-37) and a film with the Bible reading, that could be used in a church service. To find out more or to register your church follow this link. The Ability Sunday campaign began its life as part of the charity ‘Prospects – for people with learning disabilities’ which became part of Livability, through a merger in 2016. Livability are taking the campaign forward. The aims of Ability Sunday are to: Create places of welcome: Ability Sunday is where disabled people are welcomed and enabled to express themselves and build confidence, offering opportunities for friendship and communal experience. Celebrate gifts: Ability Sunday is a day when churches rejoice in the crucial contribution that disabled people make to the life of the church and start the journey to include disabled people in the worship, work and life of the church. Connect with community: Inclusion and community is on the heart of every church. Beyond the day of Ability Sunday, participant churches can access ongoing training and resources to support disabled and vulnerable people get more connected with their local...

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Accessible on Songs of Praise

Accessible on Songs of Praise

On Sunday 13th August BBC Songs of Praise came from New Wine and included engaging coverage of disability inclusion and accessibility at the event – with children and with adults. New Wine is an Associate of Churches for All and seeks to make its annual conferences fully accessible to and inclusive of disabled people.  You can see this in action at this year’s event on the BBC iPlayer by following this link: Songs of Praise...

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Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future

Churches for All partners and associates met for a 24 hour residential to plan for the future of the Churches for All network and its campaign.  The surprisingly peaceful setting of the BMS International Mission Centre in Selly Oak in the Birmingham suburbs gave us opportunity for reflection and prayer. The meeting was fruitful and plans for activities extending through to 2019 were laid. Those present affirmed their commitment to strive for a church where disabled people truly belong. We welcomed Rev Glen Graham to the meeting as the new chair of the partnership. Learn more about Glen Graham here....

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Download now!

Download now!

For those who weren’t there at the 2016 Enabling Church conference – and for those who were – much of the content in now available as free downloads. Go to the Enabling Church Conference Downloads page. Here you will a short video impression of the conference plus audio recordings and transcripts for the plenary sessions along with audio recordings for the streams and some transcripts too. We are grateful to 3 Strands Media for the recordings and to Orla Pearson for the transcripts derived from her excellent speech to text support at the...

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Conference appreciation

Conference appreciation

The recent Enabling Church 2016 conference entitled No Limits: Additional Needs, Disability And The Church drew people from churches across Britain together to  to help create churches where disabled people belong. It was aimed at those who work with or support children, families and youth or simply have a desire to see everyone’s abilities recognised. The Conference opened with worship and an address from Bishop Michael from the Diocese of Lichfield. Here’s a link to the news item on the Diocese website. Lynn McCann, one of the speaking team, reflected on the day, ‘My overall blessing was just the inclusiveness. Worshipping with people of all abilities is what feels like real church to me. Meeting so many people with the same aims was also really special.’ Audio recordings and transcripts of the sessions will soon be posted on the Enabling Church pages of this website, and a video giving an overview of the conference too. Find out more about Enabling Church from Churches for All....

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