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27 April 2016

Church and charity to partner on disability

Church and charity to partner on disability

Christians are being asked to share their experiences of disability in church.

Christian disability charity Through the Roof wants to know what churches are doing with their disabled members, and what more can be done.

Disabled people are one of the world's most unreached people groups, with more than 90 per cent never hearing the gospel.

Training resources developer Ros Bayes said: "We want to hear from churches about all the creative ways in which they are engaging with the disabled members of their communities, and also any questions they have about how they can serve disabled people in the spirit of Luke 14, the Scripture in which Jesus reminds us that without disabled people his house is not full." 

Through the Roof would like to hear from both church leaders and members who can answer four simple questions:

1.      What one thing do you want to know about disability?

2.      What is the biggest insight you have received from disabled people and their families about the Christian journey of faith?

3.      How are disabled people in your church exercising their gifts to build God's kingdom?

4.    Do you have an example of your provision for disabled people that could encourage other churches? Please share the name of the activity/project, the motivation behind it, what happens and how, and where and when it happens.

You can submit your answers by email to ros@throughtheroof.org, by post to:

Ros Bayes,
Through the Roof,
PO Box 353,
Epsom,
KT18 5WS 

Or you can get in touch by telephoning 01372 737042.  You can also reply by posting to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/throughtheroof, and by tweeting your replies to @TTR_uk.

The questions can be supplied in large print or braille on request.

Through the Roof trains and equips churches and other organisations to be inclusive of people with any disability by publishing resource material, running short term overseas missions, distributing refurbished wheelchairs in developing countries and running accessible holidays. 

In 2014 Through the Roof carried out a survey into disabled people's experience of church in the UK, which revealed examples of excellent practice in churches along with need among disabled Christians for genuine, reciprocal, fulfilling friendships, and a wealth of spiritual experience and gifting which disabled Christians are longing to share with their sisters and brothers in Christ. 

You can get hold of the full results of the survey and an extensive index of resources to help your churches address the issues raised by disabled people here.