Accessible Church Ministry

Accessible Church Ministry

New Wine’s Accessible Church Ministry enables those with additional needs to be able to participate as much as possible within each New Wine event and their local church. We want individuals and families to feel welcome and have the opportunity to grow in the gifts that God has given them.

Additional needs are wide ranging and can include any difficulty - physical, cognitive or mental health - which impact upon an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities. Individuals may need minor adaptations such as reserved seating, or high levels of support such as 1:1 help to be able to access church.

We are developing an Accessible Church network in order to support and share resources between those leading, or wanting to grow in, the way they welcome those with additional needs in their local church. This will involve networking meetings for those involved in accessible church ministry.

We run annual national training days please get in touch with Naomi for more information.

Resources

Please find below some of our latest audio recordings of talks which share the vision and give practical ideas about how to make church accessible for those with additional needs.

United

At United we have two teams which aim to make the event accessible. The Our Place team support children and young people with additional needs and their families. The Access team support adults with additional needs to participate in United. If you or someone you care for requires any additional support to access United, then please make sure that the ‘additional needs’ box is ticked when booking the ticket. You will then be asked to complete a form which enables us to support individuals as best as we can.

New Wine also offer interpretation for deaf people and resources for the visually impaired at United. The BSL interpretation team, led by Signs of God, interpret for deaf delegates at the main venues during the main morning and evening sessions, as well as for a selection of daytime seminars. We offer giant print seminar programmes, large print maps and Braille seminar programmes for those with visual impairments.

Our Place

Inclusion teams

In each children's and youth venue there is an Our Place inclusion team who are there to support children and young people who have additional needs to be included in the mainstream activities in the way that is most appropriate for them. We liaise closely with parents to ensure your child's needs are met to the best of our abilities through 1:1 support, 1:2 support, small group support and extra training for small group leaders. Each venue is equipped with resources to make inclusion work and there is a safe space at the back for children to withdraw to if it all becomes too much.

Our Place Kids and Our Place Youth

In addition to our inclusion teams, we have two venues specifically for children and youth who find it difficult to access mainstream venues. These venues run programmes of worship, teaching and ministry especially for individuals with additional needs. We open later than the mainstream venues to give everyone the opportunity to be included with their peers. We also run drop in sessions during the afternoon in order to provide a safe space for delegates who have additional needs and their families during their free time.

Access

Inclusion teams

In each main adult venue (Impact, Hungry and the Arena) there is an Our Place inclusion team who are there to support all adults who have additional needs to be included in the mainstream activities in the way that is most appropriate for them. We liaise closely with individuals, parents and carers to ensure that each adult’s needs are met to the best of our abilities. We do this through 1:1 support, 1:2 support, small group support and extra training for venue hosts. Each venue is equipped with resources to make inclusion work and there is a safe space within each venue for adults to retreat to if it becomes too much.

Access seminars

Within the morning sessions the Access team will provide seminars specific to adults with additional needs. These will involve a short thought, opportunity for discussion, response activity and ministry time.

Films

For more information about what happens onsite a New Wine you can view our full trailer here.
To see how to use sign supported English to sing 'Good Good Father' follow this link.
To find out more about our parents venue you can watch this video.
To get a taster of what the Access provision for Adults with additional needs will look like you can look here.

Venue Walkthrough

The following videos of our kid’s venue, youth venue and parent’s venue give you an idea of what it looks like when you come to united.

Watch the Evangelical Alliance interview

Contact Us

Heads of Ministry

Inclusion Naomi Graham