Ability Sunday is about enabling everyone to bring their gifts and their talents.
These barriers can include a lack of independence, unwelcoming faith communities, and for those in care settings – tensions with staff beliefs. Ability Sunday is about tackling such barriers, celebrating the gifts of each person and working with churches to create spaces of welcome and inclusion for all.
The theme for 2017: Love your neighbour
The theme for this year’s Ability Sunday will be inspired by Jesus’s challenge to ‘Love thy neighbour as yourself.’ Only when we consider the needs of others and treat them as ourselves, can we truly create a place of welcome and inclusion. We are excited and inspired by the great work that churches do to create spaces of hospitality and belonging. We hope that many will journey with us on Ability Sunday.
As a charity, Livability work to tackle issues that lead to isolation and connect people with their community. Research shows that when people enjoy positive relationships and supportive community, their health, life outcomes and wellbeing do much better. Yet when these things are lacking, people are more at risk of isolation and poorer life outcomes. Ability Sunday is one way of many that churches can reach out to isolated disabled and vulnerable people.
The impact of Ability Sunday:
Sermon outlines and creative activities for an inclusive celebration service
Training and resources on how to make church more accessible
Community engagement advice - reach out to isolated people
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