Widen Your Welcome

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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Calvary Christian Reformed Church

Including People of All Abilities in Church Community

Church leaders are welcome to join us for this free event on Wednesday, May 16, 2018!

Due to Popular demand, we have changed our location to accept additional attendees.

NEW LOCATION: Calvary CRC, 3500 Byron Center Road, Wyoming, MI  49519.

Calvary is located near the corner of Byron Center Ave and 36th street.

As a leader, we know you support the idea of inclusive community and want people of varied abilities to be welcome at your church. However, perhaps you don’t always know how to welcome each person.

Join us at this free luncheon event, led by Barbara J. Newman and Tory White of the CLC Network Church Services Team, to learn tools, techniques, and ideas so you not only know the “why”, but are also equipped with the “how” to welcome everyone! Regardless of the role you play within your congregation, you will learn practical tips to implement within your setting to help create a living, breathing picture of I Corinthians 12 – one body together in Christ.

The event is free and lunch will be provided to those who attend. Questions? Please call our main office at (616) 245-8388.

Please register using the form on this page.

Barbara J. NewmanBarbara J. Newman, CLC Network director of church services

For over thirty years, Barbara J. Newman has endeavored to create communities of inclusion through CLC Network (also known as the Christian Learning Center). Co-administrating the inclusion program at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices which she shares at schools and churches nationwide and in her books and practical resources. She is the author of many books, including Autism and Your ChurchHelping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, the Inclusion Awareness KitNuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education, and her latest title, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship. 

Tory WhiteTory White, CLC Network church services coordinator

Tory White has been involved in education and ministry for over twenty years. Tory has written curriculum for her church’s children’s ministry, as well as for Friendship Ministries’ adult inclusive Bible study, TOGETHER. She has edited several books, including CLC Network’s latest publication, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship. Tory brings her experience in homeschooling, a degree in education, a decade of supporting inclusion at Zeeland Christian School, and victory over a debilitating chronic illness to serve families and churches in their efforts to include individuals of all abilities with excellence.  


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