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CfA at the Christian Resources Exhibition

Actress and comedian Sally Phillips will open CRE 2018 (9.45am, Tuesday 16 October!) and encourage hundreds of churches to put people with additional needs at the top of their agenda.

Sally, whose son Olly has Down’s Syndrome, will be joined by a 12-year-old best-selling author – Jonathan Bryan has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is entirely non-verbal. At the opening ceremony, blind singer-songwriter Marilyn Baker will be accompanied by a choir from Notre Dame School, Cobham using Makaton, a language programme of signs and symbols to help people communicate.

It will be Sally’s first visit to an event often dubbed the ‘ideal church show’. She rose to prominence as one third of the all-female sketch-show Smack the Pony and then gained lead roles in the hugely popular B

Jonathan Bryan with book

BC sitcom Miranda and the Bridget Jones films, as Bridget’s best friend, Shazza. As well as opening CRE, she will be interviewed by Rev Cindy Kent in Cindy’s Bar.

Gordon Temple, executive officer for Churches for All, an association of organisations seeking to improve universal access to church buildings and programmes, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Sally to our zone at CRE, representing as it does a great opportunity to highlight the need to bring people living with disabilities into the centre of church life.’

Among the 200+ exhibitors in Churches for All. Exhibiting together on the CfA stand will be three CfA partners: The Lodge Trust, Torch Trust, and for the first time Count Everyone In. See you there!

Use this link to get your free tickets now!

Read on. Much of this post is copied from a compelling article on the CRE website entitled:
Sally Phillips will open CRE and celebrate ‘the topsy-turvy topology of the Kingdom of God’