Sunday, February 26, 2017, has been designated as Disability Awareness Sunday in the Alabama - West Florida Conference. As United Methodists, "We recognize that God made all creation and saw that it was good. As a diverse people of God who bring special gifts and evidences of God's grace to the unity of the Church and to society, we are called to be faithful to the example of Jesus' ministry to [and with] all persons." (¶140, The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012).
Disability Awareness Sunday calls the Church to celebrate the gifts and graces of persons with disabilities and calls the Church and society to full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community.”(¶265.4) Berta Hurston, member of the AWF Conference Committee on Ethnic Local Church Concerns, Division of Disability Concerns stated, “This special Sunday will allow our local churches to acknowledge and show appreciation to those with disabilities. Often times these members are overlooked in our congregations because they are perceived to have limitations. We want to bring awareness that many of these members with disabilities bring a unique perspective to our congregations and can be leaders and contributing members to the United Methodist Church and our communities.”
This special Sunday gives every congregation the opportunity to challenge our hospitality and our inclusion of all persons into the full life of the church.
Ideas to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday:
- Plan a worship service themed around God’s love and acceptance of all of us.
- Have persons with disabilities participate in the worship service as greeters, ushers, musicians and /or speakers.
- Highlight existing ministries in your church or programs in your community that serve those with disabilities.
- Include a flyer in your church bulletin.
- Incorporate ideas from these resources: http://www.umdisabilityministries.org/dasunday
For more details, contact Berta Hurston at firstname.lastname@example.org
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