Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Woodlands Church, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA


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.
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.



Woodlands Church, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA

Woodlands Church is situated on the corner of Belgrave Road (turn right after the BBC on Whiteladies Road) and Woodland Road (this is the Foyer & Main Hall entrance).


Please see here for details regarding parking at Woodlands Church.  

Public Transport

There are regular buses that pass near Woodlands, with the nearest stops being outside BBC Broadcasting House on Whiteladies Road; Clifton Down train station is also a short walk away.


  • Tickets are £15 each
  • No tickets will be issued in advance for this event but if you have booked and paid, your name will be on the door when you arrive.



Saturday 27 April
Doors open 09:30-10:00
Welcome and Worship 10:00-10:30
Main session - Welcoming individuals with mental health needs in church 10:30-11:15
Coffee break 11:15-11:30
Seminar Option 1 - Enabling children with additional needs to participate in church community. 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option 2 - Welcoming fostered and adopted children in church 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option 3 - Enabling individuals with dementia to be a part of church community. 11:30-12:30
Seminar Option 4 - Understanding mental health needs - safe boundaries and support in church community. 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 1 - Enabling individuals with autism to be a part of church community 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option 2 - Understanding disability - What does it feel like to try and participate in church if I have additional needs. 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option 3 - Enabling adults with additional needs to participate in church community 13:30-14:30
Seminar Option 4 - Fostering resilience for ourselves as we face the joys and challenges of seeking to serve others 13:30-14:30
Coffee Break 14:30-14:45
Worship and Main Session - Love Surpassing Knowledge 14:45-15:30