Accessible Church Day 2020
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.
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 is a permanent wheelchair user and Associate Vicar at The Point Church in Burgess Hill.
Jess is Head of Accessible Church Ministry. She is part of Woodlands Church in Bristol and also supports individuals with additional needs.
Nicola is the Additional Needs Coordinator at Care for the Family who support family life and churches in the UK.
Lynn shares practical ideas for children's workers, church leaders and families on developing the faith and gifts of people with additional needs
Alice leads the Our Place team at United. She is also a teacher and currently studying towards her MA in Education.
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