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Having blessed many families over 11 years, we have decided not to hold a Dalesdown family holiday in 2018.
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Last Updated: May 2018
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Through the Roof encourages churches and the Christian community to ensure that disabled people are included in every aspect of church life, by:
- Welcoming and being open to disabled people so they feel they ‘belong’
- Offering reserved parking/a drop-off point
- Having ‘step-free’ access giving level/ramped entry to a building
- Providing accessible toilets
- Having a loop system in operation and, when required, providing sign language interpreters and/or speech-to-text (captioning)
- Using straightforward, jargon-free language
- Supplying written information (including that on a screen) in large print (font size 18 point) and other alternative formats (e.g. audio, electronic, Braille)
- Ensuring that there are clear/pictorial signs (for people with learning disabilities
- Having a quiet space available during the main meeting for those who may need time-out (for people on the autistic spectrum)
- Having good, even, glare and flicker-free lighting to benefit people with sight loss or autism
- Offering seating (some with arms) near the entrance/exit
- Providing a named contact to ‘champion’ issues and initiate training on disability e.g. a Roofbreaker, which Through the Roof can support with a free starter kit, and monthly email ideas and encouragement. Find out more by following this link
- Speaking directly to disabled people, assuming nothing and asking them how they are best supported and included
- Ensuring there is commentary/audio description for purely visual content to those unable to see the screen/stage
- Ensuring the website is accessible and has information that helps disabled people access the building and activities
- Adopting a can-do culture with an inclusive ethos, valuing all and addressing each person’s needs on an individual basis
- Intentionally encouraging and enabling disabled people to contribute to church life using their God-given gifts
Obtaining Funding to Make Disability-Related Improvements
This page has now been updated -
What funding is available for churches wanting to make their building or activities accessible? Follow this link to read our updated guide to possible funding organisations.
Through the Roof's Speaking and Workshops
Our half-day, interactive workshops are run in a professional but friendly way by TTR’s team of Christian trainers who each have many years’ experience of disability:
Does Your Church Include Everyone? – Including Disabled People in Church Life
- Disability from a Biblical perspective plus statistics, models, language etc
- Small group discussion of practical scenarios
- Barriers faced by disabled people
- Solutions to include everyone
- Action planning for your situation
Developing an Inclusivity Mindset
- Different approaches to disability inclusion
- Jesus’ approach to disability inclusion
- The practice and teaching of the early church
- Befriending disabled people – what does Biblical friendship look like?
- God’s heart for the marginalised
Loving the Whole Family – Creating a Welcome for Families with Disabled Children
- Disability from a Biblical perspective
- Discovering issues faced by fathers, mothers, siblings and other children
- Practical suggestions to include families
- Small group discussion of practical scenarios
- Action planning for your situation
- Understanding different classifications
- What can we do as friends, family, churches?
- The role of prayer
- Action planning
Including Autistic People in Church Life
- What is Autism?
- Sensory issues
- Strategies to include
- An autistic view of the world
- Small group discussion of scenarios
- Action planning for your situation
Digging Deeper: Exploring What the Bible Says on Disability
- A creational view of humanity
- Misperceptions about disability
- A Biblical way to view disability including learning disabilities
- Jesus is our model
- Our response
We can also offer bespoke training workshops tailored to your specific needs.
Please contact us to discuss what would be most appropriate
£175 for a half day session for up to 15 delegates.
(This cost will be increased if the workshop is bespoke)
£5 per additional delegate.
Follow this link to download a booking form - please email it to the office or post it to us at Through the Roof, PO Box 353, Epsom, KT18 5WS.
NB We require a deposit of £30 to secure your booking. This is non-refundable.
The church is invoiced for the balance after the event.
A Covenant People (Ros' Blog)
“Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.’”
These words are from Ruth 1. 16-17, and the reading is the one my daughter and her fiancé have chosen for their wedding on Saturday. It is a story I love; Ruth’s devotion is not only to her mother-in-law, but also to the God she has glimpsed in the older woman’s life.
I love it because it is so rich; if you mine deep into this story you find that it contains so many treasures. The devotion between Ruth and Naomi is a model for all of us in our family relationships. They are casting their lot in together; whatever befalls one will befall the other. They will travel together, live together and worship together. Nothing in this life will be allowed to part them. What a perfect model for a marriage!
But there is more in this passage, too. This kind of selfless love is only possible because we are made in the image of God, and His love is demonstrated in and through us. If we mere mortals are capable of loving one another like this, how loyal and unswerving must God’s love for us be!
And it sets a pattern for our relationships within the church. Church is not a building or a denomination or a group of people who prefer a particular mode of worship. Church is a body of people who have a covenant of love with each other, within the love of God, and like all the covenants depicted in the Bible, there is no get out clause. We are in this together, come what may, an ever-expanding family bound together in the love of God and laying down our lives for one another.
One of the saddest things that came out of our survey of disabled people’s experience of church was that for many, this is not what belonging to the Body of Christ is like. People will make adjustments for them as long as these are not too inconvenient or too expensive. The church will allocate funds to install an induction loop, but not to service and maintain it. Congregations will tolerate an autistic child as long as he is quiet but at the first meltdown, instead of finding out what in the church environment has triggered the reaction and trying to adjust it for his comfort, at best there will be tutting, and frequently the family will be asked to leave.
Suppose we looked at every disabled person who came into our church and said to each one, “Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
How would we then respond when the people on the rota for picking up that wheelchair user grew tired of the chore and preferred a half hour lie-in on a Sunday? Or when there were funds available for putting in a ramp or decorating the building but not both? Or when that single mother stopped coming because the effort of controlling her children all by herself throughout the service meant that she no longer gained anything by being there? Or when someone was needed each week to produce the notices and songs in a large-print version? If our relationship with each of these people was based on the kind of covenant love that Ruth showed for Naomi, nothing would be too much trouble. The worst disaster would be that they might stop coming and we might lose touch with them. We would stop at nothing to ensure that didn’t happen. It’s a challenge, isn’t it?
We love stories of churches which are embodying this covenant-love way of life, especially to the disabled people in their communities. If you know of any great examples that would encourage us, we would be delighted to hear them. You can contact us on 01372 737042 or email me by following this link.