Accessible Church Training Day

Accessible Church Training Day

A day for anyone interested in discovering more about how to make church accessible for those with additional needs.
Sat, 4 Mar 2017 10:00
All Saint's Church, Woodford Wells


The Accessible Church ministry day is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about how to make church accessible for those with additional needs.

We know that God's heart is for inclusion of all people in his kingdom and we want to be able to reflect that in the way that we do church. The day will involve a range of individuals who are working alongside children, young people and adults with additional needs.

The day will include the opportunity to share ideas, hear about practical strategies for inclusion and what we can learn from the bible about how we can make church more accessible. Practical seminars will include topics such as inclusion strategies, story telling, supporting parents and carers, prayer ministry, and attachment and sensory processing. 


Paul Harcourt is New Wine's National Leader and vicar at All Saints Woodford Wells
Mrs Becky Harcourt is a part of All Saints' Woodford Wells, a vibrant church in North East London where her husband is vicar.
Naomi Graham is New Wine's Head of MInistry overseeing Accessible Church. She also works as a Children's Occupational Therapist
Ruth Stephens runs an Occupational Therapy company for children which focusses on helping children with sensory motor difficulties and adoptive families.
Heather Graham is curate at St Andrew's, High Wycombe and heads up the Our Place parents' venue at week 2 of New Wine's National Gatherings.
Mark Arnold is founder and leader of Urban Saints' inclusion ministry stream 'All Inclusive'. He is also Chief Operating Officer of the organisation.
Laura & Mark Sutton lead 'Chrysalis' a church group where adults with additional needs can have fun, grow friendships, eat cake, explore and experience God’s love.
Sarah Holmes works as a manager developing new support services for young adults in transition from children’s services; and adults with a range of needs
Rachel Leak is mum to a baby girl and was part of New Wine's leadership team for Our Place. She is currently taking a Speech and Language Therapy degree.


Adults           £10

Under 16s     £5 


09.30         Doors open (coffee)

10.00         Welcome and Worship

10.30         Main Session 1 - Paul & Becky Harcourt - Additional Needs Ministry: The Parents Perspective

11.10         Coffee Break

11.20          Seminars: 

                   Heather Graham - Supporting carers of those with additional needs

                   Ruth Stephens -    Enabling children to know they're loved: attachment theory, sensory processing & inclusion

                   Sarah Holmes -     How to include youth with additional needs in church ministry

12.20          Lunch (Please bring a packed lunch)

13.00          Question panel (Including those who have experience in: Including children on a Sunday; Supporting carers of those with additional needs; Supporting adults with additonal needs)

13.20          Seminars

                    Rachel Leak -                   Accessible storytelling, prayer and ministry time

                    Mark Arnold -                   How to create places of belonging for children with additional needs in church 

                    Laura and Mark Sutton -  How to develop and run additional needs ministry for adults

14.20          Coffee Break

14.30          Main Session 2 - Naomi Graham - Accessible Church: Shifting Perspective

15.30          Close


Terms and Conditions

1.Tickets are transferable but non-refundable at a cost of £5 per person. Please send transfer requests to

2. In the event of changes to the programme or speakers, we are unable to offer refunds.