In the diocese of Oxford we celebrate the inclusion, contribution and ministry of disabled people, recognising that the church community is only complete when all are welcome, and the partnership that should exist between disabled people and those who are non-disabled. We aim to support parishes, deaneries and the diocese in ensuring that our buildings, activities and services are welcoming and accessible for disabled people. This work includes mentoring, disability access audits for churches; disability awareness sessions for parish or deanery groups; other forms of training, and individual advice to parishes on disability issues.
You can also find out more about the work being done in the Deaf Churches by going to the website of the Oxford Council for the Deaf and Hard of hearing (the link is here). For an introduction to D/deaf culture and some of the challenges faced by this community, there is an excellent article here written by Lucy Cooper
Loving God, we pray for all disabled people across the world.
May all disabled people know your love.
May your Church recognise and value the gifts and skills of disabled people.
Together, may we worship you freely, serve you willing,
and be truly your Church in all our diversity. Amen.