Disability Sunday Pack
It’s time to get ready for Disability Sunday 2015. On July 5th, churches all over the country will focus on celebrating the abilities and involvement of disabled people. Through the Roof, alongside our partners in the Churches for All network (www.churchesforall.org.uk), will be supplying a Disability Sunday pack full of materials to help churches make the most of the day. This pack will include some new materials, such as an interactive sermon outline, a drama for churches to perform during the service, a resource booklet and materials for Sunday schools and youth groups to use (featuring a board game!).
The findings of a recent survey by SCOPE have revealed that 67% of people admit to avoiding disabled people. Additionally, Through the Roof have carried out a survey with disabled people about their experience of church. The greatest heart-cry that came across in our survey results was a longing for real, deep, reciprocal friendships between disabled Christians and their fellow church members. We recognise this need, and so in response to our survey and the SCOPE findings, the theme this year will be on a Biblical understanding of friendship.
In an attempt to defuse the fear which stems from anxiety about unwittingly offending or encountering needs one cannot meet, the resource will take a look at what the Bible says about friendship, and hope to demonstrate how building Biblical friendships with disabled people will transform not only their lives, but the whole church and ultimately the world.
How are you planning to mark Disability Sunday? Is your church doing anything new or out-of-the-ordinary? Get in touch to let us know, or leave a comment to spark discussion on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/throughtheroof.
Last year's materials are available from the Churches for All website...
We hope the resources are helpful to you and your church - please do let us know what you think!