Accessible Church Day 2020

Accessible Church Day 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

St Cuthberts Church, Lytham Rd, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR


Additional needs are wide ranging and include anything that prevents someone from participating in an activity, such as physical disability, mental health needs, illness or undiagnosed needs. We want to make sure our church communities are places which recognise and welcome the value of what everyone brings to God’s kingdom; helping every individual to contribute. Part of creating an accessible church can also involve working alongside individuals such as those who are ex-offenders, or have abused substances and may be rough sleeping. Some of the seminars within the conference will enable us to explore this
This one day conference will empower church leaders, volunteers and communities to make church more accessible and inclusive for individuals with additional needs. The day will include both teaching and practical application as well as ideas for how to make your local church accessible for all children, youth and adults. Please note there will be BSL interpretation on the day.


The day will include main talks and seminar sessions on a variety of subjects surrounding accessibility in a church context. Seminars will include topics on supporting parents and carers in church, enabling children and adults with additional needs to be a part of church community and mental health. 

A detailed programme and further information on seminars and speakers will be available soon. 


St Cuthbert's Church, Lytham Rd, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR


There is a 30 space car park to the rear of the church building which can be accessed via St. Michael's Close. A number of these spaces will be reserved for disabled parking. 

There is also on-street parking at the front of the building and in some of the side streets. There will also be some car parking space opposite the front of the church building. 

Public Transport

Preston Train Station is about 10 minutes drive away from St. Cuthbert's Church or a 35 minute walk. 

Preston Bus service 23 runs at regular intervals between Preston Bus Station and Asda. This stops near the roundabout where Black Bull Lane and Lytham Road intersect. From there it is a 3 minute walk to the centre, which will be on your left.


Rev John Naudé

Rev John Naudé is a permanent wheelchair user and Associate Vicar at The Point Church in Burgess Hill.

Jess Thompson

Jess is Head of Accessible Church Ministry. She is part of Woodlands Church in Bristol and also supports individuals with additional needs.

Pastor Nicola Watson

Nicola is the Additional Needs Coordinator at Care for the Family who support family life and churches in the UK.

Lynn McCann

Lynn shares practical ideas for children's workers, church leaders and families on developing the faith and gifts of people with additional needs

Alice Reilly

Alice leads the Our Place team at United. She is also a teacher and currently studying towards her MA in Education.

Dawn Holmes

Part of a Newfrontiers church in Somerset, Dawn is interested in mental health and the Church's response and has written 'Freed From Shame'.


  • Tickets are £17 each



Saturday 25 April
Doors Open 09:30-10:00
Welcome - Jess Thompson 10:00-10:15
Worship 10:15-10:30
Main Session - John Naude 10:30-11:00
Ministry 11:00-11:15
Coffee Break 11:15-11:30
Seminar Option - Alice Reilly - "It's All a Bit Messy!" - Practical Tips for Making Church Inclusive for Children 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option - Lynn McCann - Enabling Adults with Additional Needs to be a Part of Church Community 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option - Nicola Watson - Supporting Parents and Carers in Church 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option - Dawn Holmes - Mental Illness: Is There Still Stigma in the Church and How Can We Prevent It? 11:30-12:30
Lunch (Please note lunch is not provided and you will need to bring this with you) 12:30-13:00
Question Panel - There will be an opportunity to write questions about accessibility throughout the day which a panel will discuss and answer 13:00-13:30
Seminar Option - TBC 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option - TBC 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option - TBC 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option - TBC 13:30-14:30
Worship 14:30-14:45
Main Session - Jess Thompson 14:45-15:15
Ministry Time and Worship 15:15-15:30
Finish 15:30-15:30