---News Release---- April 2021
How Do I Find A Church That Welcomes Me?
A map that gives an important message to disabled people.
Through the Roof have created a new online map to show churches and ministries that are positive about disability inclusion. It’s available now at their website www.throughtheroof.org.
Fiona Gosden, Church Inclusion Coordinator at Through the Roof, said, “I’m a Christian, and a wheelchair user. Many churches don’t realise how difficult it can be for disabled people to find a church to belong to. Having recently moved to Norwich, I’m looking forward to exploring new churches, and excited about using our own new map to help me! I’d love to know if I would receive a warm welcome at your church and find a community where I can belong and play my part in God’s kingdom—so please do visit the map, and submit your own church so we can tell others about you.”’
“When I first became a Christian, I was apprehensive about finding a church that I could belong to as a wheelchair user. Only Google maps existed then, and it didn’t tell me whether the churches would welcome me. This map does.”
Joining the map doesn’t mean your church has perfect access and gets everything right, it means that you are wanting to welcome disabled people and to respond by enabling them to be part of your church.
You can welcome disabled people to your church by taking these 2 steps:
1) Have a Roofbreaker (disability champion) in your church.
2) Join your church to The Online Map to show that you want to welcome disabled people.
Through the Roof will support Roofbreakers by...
· Providing a FREE 2 hour Zoom Disability Awareness workshop
· Giving access to our free downloadable ‘Church Toolkit’
· Helping you to discover more of the benefits of having a ‘Roofbreaker’ in your church through ongoing support, monthly emails, events, Facebook and Roofbreaker Networks.
Sign up to become a Roofbreaker here: www.throughtheroof.org/sign-up...
Join the map here: www.throughtheroof.org/sign-up...
Photos to accompany this story are available from: Dropbox – Online Map News Release – Simplify your life or by request
Notes: Through the Roof trains and equips churches and other organisations to be inclusive of people with any disability. It publishes resource material, runs short term overseas missions, distributes refurbished wheelchairs in developing countries and runs accessible holidays, among other programmes. We make the Christian gospel accessible to everyone affected by disability – disabled people and their families.
For more information please contact:
Fiona Gosden (firstname.lastname@example.org) Deputy Church Inclusion (Roofbreaker) Co-ordinator
Janet Eardley (email@example.com) Church Inclusion (Roofbreaker) Co-ordinator
The National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) are delighted to announce the publication of a new resource entitled Who Can Receive Communion with Us? which seeks to answer the question “When may Christians from other Churches ask to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church?”
The leaflet is available now to view and download at https://www.nbcw.co.uk/publica...
Paper copies may be requested via the NBCW website at https://www.nbcw.co.uk/contact...
A webinar on this question will take place on Monday 17 May 2021 7- 8.30 pm.
The leaflet clarifies what is meant by sharing Communion, outlining when Communion may be shared, and provides advice about how to ask to receive Communion within the current guidance.
The National Board of Catholic Women have written this leaflet in consultation with the Association of Interchurch Families, the Department for Faith and Unity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity in Rome.
Its guidance is based on the teaching of One Bread, One Body, the Bishops’ Conference teaching document on the Eucharist in the life of the Church.
Janet Ward, of the NBCW said: “We are excited to have this leaflet available to help inform and clarify what is allowed under the Roman Catholic Church’s current guidance with regard to eucharistic hospitality. We hope it will be circulated broadly across the Church.”
Grantham and Vale of Belvoir Circuit
The Revd. Martin T. Smithson, B.Sc., B.Th.
Letter to CEOs of Churches Together Groups
'I am currently on sabbatical and am looking at ‘effective ecumenism’
'I'm keen to discover what is working well ecumenically, especially in local situations. I’m imagining that there are new models which I haven’t come across yet. Please would you let me know of any examples of effective, new ways of working together ecumenically in your area. I would also be interested in traditional models which are working well.'
Read the letter here: (pdf)