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Copy of Telling the story of a movement

NCIIA/Epicenter student ambassadors Program http://epicenter.stanford.edu/student-ambassadors-program
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Surprises!
I'd like to talk to you about a journey. . . .

a journey to discover how churches can reflect God's diversity

But about
connecting
with your audience
Marshall Ganz (Harvard U.)
whole video
When a child asks

"Am I normal?"

It gets you thinking....

"
What is ....
Normal
?
Statistics say to be an average, 'normal' person ..




you need to be a young Chinese man in his 20's!
...
For '
normal
' to exist, there have to be
lots of things that are all the same...
The problem is, I can't find any two living creatures that are the same! Every single Giraffe that's ever lived, or will ever live, has it's own unique design and pattern
Every Zebra has different stripes
No two snowflakes are the same
Every finger print unique
No two retina's identical
Why do we try so hard to be 'normal',
when God loves




..... and there is no 'normal'!
When a child asks
"Mum, Does God love other people more than me?

It gets you thinking....

Does God love some people more than others?
If God made us all in His own image

.... and calls us all His children

that means we are all worth the same.

It means we are
all
worth the price that he paid.
Hi!

The
QUESTION
must be. . .




"Does the church fully reflect God's
diverse
family

. . . . . . or are people missing?
When someone is absent from our family, it feels like only half a family......
...like pieces are missing
Jesus says that when something is missing you actively look for it until you
FIND IT
Did you know there are
10 million people in Britain with disabilities.

Many of them don't come to church because they need a
friend
to help them overcome barriers and access Jesus

How do we
find
them
and become
the
friends
they need?
If the
ANSWER
is
that God loves

D
i
v
e
r
s
i
t
y
and everyone is unique, important
and made in His image

.......then what is the
QUESTION
?
Am I normal?
I love that God has made us all ....
...Very important people!
When a child asks. . .

"How do I make friends?"

It makes me wonder.......

What do we do when we meet someone new?

How do we decide if we will choose someone as a friend?
Every person God's made is ...
A 'one off'
Special
Unusual
different
Where do you
come from?
What are you
studying?
Do you
have kids?
What do
you do?
Where abouts
do you live?
If you watch carefully, you'll notice we ask lots of questions.
We may not realise it but we're always trying to find something
in common.....
If we don't find it quite quickly, we move on and don't bother to make a relationship with that person any more.....
If you only want to change
one thing in your church,
this could be the most important.
WE NEED TO MAKE
FRIENDS LIKE
J
E
S
U
S
DID
!
Should we recognize that our faith
gives us plenty in common
and start getting excited about
meeting people that are different?
At first you may be nervous about meeting someone different.....
How do you introduce yourself? What do you say?
What if you say the wrong thing and it's embarrassing?
Using respectful language is important but don't be too worried about
getting the right words.
Jesus says that what comes out of our hearts is the most important thing
and out of that, our words flow.

People can tell if you are genuine.
L
o
v
e
does indeed
cover a multitude of sins!
People make allowances and forgive easily if they know you are really interested in them.
If you take a tiny risk and jump into the unknown who knows what riches and hidden treasures you may find!
Imagine if you missed the chance to be friends with
Susan Boyle or Stevie Wonder, to chat with Einstein or
Lewis Carroll or sit and listen to Beethoven composing...
F
r
i
e
n
d
s
h
i
p

makes our life 3D and colourful.



It's the most valuable thing we have to offer
and the most valuable gift we can be given.

Lets decide to make our churches full of vibrant, interesting
colourful
friends!
Every person is unique so all their needs are unique.
Here's a tip... Just say Hello
and if you think they might need some help ask them first.
Everyone is an expert on themselves!

At Prospects, we have a
D
r
e
a
m
...... a vision of church filled to the brim with
the walking wounded, people paralyzed by fear or crippled with guilt,
you and me walking wounded with other people with all sorts of special needs, where we are all encouraged to push our limits to the max, to inspire and teach, influence and challenge others, where we see disabled young people
become leaders, change lives and influence the nations!

Where people can look on at a diverse all-sorts church
and say “see how they love one another”
If you want to be part of that...caught up in God's glorious purpose to fill His church with every
tribe
and
tongue
and
nation, to go and get the '
crippled
and
lame
' and
blind
and
deaf
and bring them to the banquet,
we'd like to help you!
Prospects has over 25 years experience we can put at your disposal
and countless ideas and resources you can draw from
'Enabling church' is a book to help your church or small groups feed on all the
Scriptures
say about
what God thinks about people with disabilities....
'Making Church Accessible' to all is a bit of a 'How to' Guide full of
ideas
to help you think about the different needs of people
'Through Changing Scenes' is a book full of
stories
to show you what God's been up to and inspire you to new things.
Take your pick . . .
We've written a range of
easy
to read and understand
Bibles
and
Bible Studies
that can help you include people who can find the Bible complicated to grasp and to apply to their lives
Autism
Hearing Loss
Learning Disabilities
Mental Health
Sight loss
Mobility difficulties
This CD has an Electronic songbook
and backing tracks on the second CD.
Just put the disk in the computer, select the song
and print out the full score music and guitar chords!
Say the Word is an eclectic mix of songs
designed to help people participate
and express their worship
regardless of reading and memory skills.
Let us help you to make your worship more accessible...
We've got a pack of master sheets for 10 Prospects songs
with Makaton symbols over the words.
People who don't read the words
can read the symbols instead.
Perfect for Makaton users
.
We've even got DVDs showing Makaton tutors and
people with learning disabilities signing to the albums!
Prospects partners more than
200 partner churches
of all denominations
engaging 2,500 people with learning disabilities
in regular Bible study, worship and fellowship.

However, with
1.5 Million people with learning disabilities in the UK

there is much still to be done.


Prospects vision is
to increase the number of church partners with ministry groups

to over the next 5 years

We want to put an inclusive ministry group within reach of everyone in the UK.

We'd love to invite you to
join us
and help you
set up a group!
Why not start a Ministry Group
Prospects equips churches for accessible, inclusive ministry, offering:

Advice

Training

Resource materials


Teaching
Safeguarding
Helping you Welcome people

Understanding the issues

Addressing attitudes

Discipleship

Supporting individuals

Starting a group

Preparing people for baptism

Accessible funeral services


Can help
whatever you need, wherever you are....
"i don't mind people knowing that
i struggled with church
because of my learning disability
i just couldn't understand what people were talking about"
- Sarah
There's a new man here.
I want to welcome him
but he's deaf and I'm not sure how to talk to him
Have you got a phone?
Why not sit and
text each other?
I'm nervous all the time
when I'm at your church
How about if we
found you a buddy
to help you feel safer
Quote about disabled people as a people group
I
would love to
reach out to
people with lots of
different disabilities
but I'm
not sure how

I need some
ideas,
Someone
to help me
I want to include lots of different kinds of people in my church but can I ask an honest question?
How much will it cost?

An honest question, deserves an honest answer...
What
does
it cost? ......






It will cost you
nothing


"Come all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat.
Come buy wine, buy milk,
without money or without cost"
"Then Mary took out an expensive perfume;
she poured it on Jesus feet
and wiped his feet with her hair"
and it will cost you
everything
It costs £7.99
It will cost you £10.00
It will cost you £10
It costs £7.99
They'll cost you £2.50
If Disabled people formed one nation,
it would be the third largest in population after China and India: over 1 Billion people

It would be the poorest, least educated,
least employed, least evangelized,
with the lowest church attendance
.

This is the mission challenge.
Disabled people are not a distant nation
- They are among us.

Tony Phelps - Jones Prospects
LET'S JUMP OUT OF THE BOAT!
You could put up
a pop up tent as
a quite place for him
to calm down.
I've got a child
with Autism
in my group.
He can get quite
stressed and I don't
know how to help
Building Inclusive
'Allsorts'
Churches



We want to help you to get involved

Why not start an inclusive small group in your church

Become a Prospects rep/link person in your church

Volunteer at worship celebrations for people with disabilities

Befriend someone or become a "Sunday buddy"

If you don't yet use Makaton, use worship songs with actions

Train up as a Prospects Ambassador and share our work in churches

Support families with some well needed respite care

Host a parent & toddler group for families with special needs
When people hear the word Disability
they often think about the massive costs,
to changing the structure of buildings.

It's true that changes in building design can be a big help to people with a whole variety of disabilities.
Ramps and Hearing loops are very useful for example

Often though we spend a lot of time focusing
on bricks and mortar
when our 'meetings' may not work well for people
they might never make it into our building.

What people need most of all is thoughtful friends.
"I can't cope with
big meetings at all.
They are too noisy
and I get frightened
about leaving home and
about socializing. "
I work weekends & evenings
so I find it hard too.
Why don't we ask about setting up a "Cyber group" that doesn't have
official meetings
but we can keep in touch
and look out for each other.
God says we're one Body and that we all need each other,
and it's the parts that 'seem to be weaker' that are indispensable.

He so often hides amazing treasures for us to find in jars of clay.

Churches that understand and embrace this
and invest in the 'lowly things of this world'
find their churches suddenly filled with unexpected riches
They become stronger, more united, more loving.

More like Jesus.

If there is a ‘people group’ absent from our body,

WHAT TREASURES and RICHES ARE WE MISSING?

People who encounter suffering and pain
often have unique observations and insights.

They often display the attributes we wish we had more of. . . .

Patience;
honesty;

openness;

loyalty;

faithfulness;


trust ;

forgiveness;

humility

They often encounter God in ways we don’t
and they can have a lot to teach us.
CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF ACCEPTANCE
Does the child with autism need to be ‘healed’ from his autism and made ‘normal’ or
did God create him with a brain wired differently, with a unique contribution to make?
WE ARE ALL DISABLED
We all join the church 'disabled'.
'Paralyzed' with fear; 'Blinded' by jealousy; 'Crippled' by guilt.
WE NEED EACH OTHE
R
God intends there to be an interdependence in the body
He tells us that we are all created in his image, made to be part of one body
each with a vital part to play, all needing each other.
We all want to meet with Jesus, to have Him touch our lives and heal us.
We don’t want to be someone’s charity case or special project.
We just want to be accepted, loved and to have our own particular gifts valued.
Maybe 'normal' just means 'average'. . .
It costs £3.00
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