In light of the latest government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming Accessible Church Conference in Preston on 25 April.
We hope to announce a new date as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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.
- Tickets are £17 each
Terms and Conditions
Saturday 25 April
|08:30 - 09:00||Doors Open|
|09:00 - 09:15||Welcome - Jess Thompson|
|09:15 - 09:30||Worship|
|09:30 - 10:00||Main Session - John Naude|
|10:00 - 10:15||Ministry|
|10:15 - 10:30||Coffee Break|
|10:30 - 11:30||Seminar Option - Alice Reilly - Enabling Children with Additional Needs to be Part of Church Community|
|10:30 - 11:30||Seminar Option - Dawn Holmes - Mental Illness: Is There Still Stigma in the Church and How Can We Prevent It?|
|10:30 - 11:30||Seminar Option - Lynn McCann - Enabling Adults with Additional Needs to be a Part of Church Community|
|10:30 - 11:30||Seminar Option - Nicola Watson - Supporting Parents and Carers in Church|
|11:30 - 12:00||Lunch (Please note lunch is not provided and you will need to bring this with you)|
|12:00 - 12:30||Question Panel - There will be an opportunity to write questions about accessibility throughout the day which a panel will discuss and answer|
|12:30 - 13:30||Seminar Option - David Sims - Being Church Where Adopted and Fostered Children can Thrive|
|12:30 - 13:30||Seminar Option - Fiona Gosden - How Do We Empower Disabled Leaders from a Millennial Generation?|
|12:30 - 13:30||Seminar Option - John Naude - Healing and Disability - Do They Go Together?|
|12:30 - 13:30||Seminar Option - TBC|
|13:30 - 13:45||Worship|
|13:45 - 14:15||Main Session - Jess Thompson|
|14:15 - 14:30||Ministry Time and Worship|
|14:30 - 14:30||Finish|
No accommodation is provided for this event