Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

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

Woodlands Church, Belgrave Road, Bristol, BS8 2AA


Please note: Online bookings for this event are now closed but we will be selling tickets on the door (subject to availability). 

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.

You can now download the Advance Information for this event here.  


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.  

Please also see here for information regarding Blue Badge parking in Bristol. 

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.


Christy Wimber

Christy has been part of the Vineyard Movement since it began. She is an author, speaker and television host.

Naomi Graham

Naomi oversees New Wine's Accessible Church Ministry. She goes to KXC church in London and is also a Children’s Occupational Therapist.

Jess Thompson

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

John Williams

John leads Enable, a mission team at The Message Trust. He has cerebral palsy and is passionate about seeing those with disabilities meet God.

Charlotte Overton-Hart

Part of Livability's Community Engagement team, Charlotte supports churches to take their next steps towards dementia inclusion.

Clare Walker

Clare is South West Regional Manager for Home for Good. She is also a mother of 3, Deacon of a Baptist Church and was a teacher for over 20 years

Mrs Katy Miles

Katy co-leads Our Place at United. She is a teacher for children with special educational needs and is passionate about inclusion in church.

Ros Bayes

Ros works for Through the Roof and is passionate about seeing churches reach out and value those in their communities with disabilities.

Abigail Smith

Abigail leads the disability inclusion ministry at her church. She also has Asperger's syndrome and an anxiety disorder.

Luke Carson

Luke works as a City Missionary for London City Mission. He is passionate about seeing the vulnerable experience the power and love of Jesus.

Karis Carson

Karis works for KXC as Assistant Compassion Pastor and also a Lay Christian Chaplain at HMP Pentonville.

Joanna Carter

Jo works as an assistant psychologist in mental health and is passionate about the church and mental well being.


  • Tickets are £15 each



Saturday 27 April
Doors Open 09:30-10:00
Welcome | Naomi Graham and Jess Thompson 10:00-10:15
Worship 10:15-10:30
Main Session - Welcoming Individuals with Mental Health Needs in Church | Christy Wimber 10:30-11:00
Ministry Time 11:00-11:15
Coffee Break 11:15-11:30
Seminar - Enabling Children with Additional Needs to Participate in Church Community | Katy Miles 11:30-12:30
Seminar - Welcoming Fostered and Adopted Children in Church | Clare Walker 11:30-12:30
Seminar - Dementia: Hope and Connection | Charlotte Overton-Hart 11:30-12:30
Seminar - Understanding Mental Health Needs - Boundaries and Support in Church Community | Joanna Carter 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 - Enabling Individuals with Autism to Be a Part of Church Community | Ros Bayes and Abigail Smith 13:30-14:15
Seminar - Understanding Disability and Enabling Participation | John Williams 13:30-14:15
Seminar - Enabling Adults with Additional Needs to Participate in Church Community | Jess Thompson 13:30-14:15
Seminar - Fostering Resilience for Ourselves as we Face the Joys and Challenges of Seeking to Serve Others | Karis and Luke Carson 13:30-14:15
Coffee Break 14:15-14:30
Worship 14:30-14:45
Love Surpassing Knowledge | Naomi Graham 14:45-15:15
Ministry Time and Worship 15:15-15:30
Finish 15:30-15:30