We thank God for your desire to create communities of belonging for persons of all abilities within your congregation! Wherever you are in your journey, we hope the following resources and next steps will help you include persons of all abilities more fully into the life of your church.
Free Resources for Congregations
Sample Order of Worship
Many churches provide attendees with a printed and/or electronic bulletin or order of worship prior to the service. We are happy to share with you a Sample Order of Worship which includes images and universal design elements to consider, which you are welcome to adapt to your congregation.
Parent/Family Member Survey and Sample Welcome Page
We encourage you to give the below survey to the family of the person you desire to support and then use the information they provide to create a welcome page for appropriate leaders.
For some individuals, words can make the difference between partial participation and full inclusion in a worship service. Consider the provided alternative phrases on the Inclusive Language Suggestions page for including persons with a variety of abilities in your congregational gatherings.
Theology of Inclusion
As you consider receiving the gifts of persons with disabilities and implementing universal design concepts, we encourage you to reflect on our core values, which have strong biblical foundations. Read more about our theology of inclusion.
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The students at Plymouth Christian Elementary (Grand Rapids, MI) enjoy participating in Circles of Friends—intentional social inclusion Circles that promote friendship and fun among students with and without disabilities. Through discussions and fun activities, the students have learned important lessons . . .