Ability Sunday

How inclusive and accessible is your church for disabled people?

At Livability, we believe everyone has strengths, talents and gifts to share. Churches and communities are richer when everyone is taking part. But how many disabled people are missing from congregations across the country, because churches aren’t accessible or inclusive?

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What are the aims of Ability Sunday?

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    Welcoming church

    To help you and your church ensure your church is welcoming and accessible.

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    Celebrate individual gifts

    To celebrate the gifts and strengths that each person brings.

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    Accessible church

    To consider how to improve access for disabled and vulnerable people.

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    Widen inclusion

    Enable those with a range of abilities and needs take part.

Livability has a generous and inclusive Christian ethos. We celebrate the uniqueness of each person and the strengths they have to bring. The Bible’s Psalm 139 affirms that each person is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and that Paul’s writing about the body of Christ reminds us that everyone has a part to play (1 Corinthians).

Ability Sunday is about enabling everyone to bring their gifts and their talents.

You may have already taken apart in Ability Sunday. The campaign began its life as part of the charity Prospects –for people with learning disabilities and has seen over 200 churches UK wide take part. In May 2016, Prospects became part of Livability, through an exciting new merger and Livability are taking the campaign forward.
A recent report called ‘Looking Together – Spiritual Beliefs and Aspirations of People with Learning Disabilities’ examined the importance of the spiritual life and some of the barriers that people with learning disabilities face as they try to practice their religion or spiritual life.

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 and working to make churches true places of welcome for all.

The theme for 2017: Love your neighbour

Everyone needs community and support. 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.

At Livability, we work to tackle issues that lead to isolation and connect people with their community. That’s why 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, belonging and inclusion.

The impact of Ability Sunday:

Sermon outlines and creative activities for an inclusive celebration service

To date, the Ability Sunday campaign has supported over 200 churches deliver accessible and inclusive church services.

Training and resources on how to make church more accessible

Churches say Ability Sunday helped them engage practically and creatively with issues that make their churches difficult to access.

Community engagement advice - reach out to isolated people

The campaign has also provided practical ways in which to support the needs of disabled people the community and those of their families and carers.

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