by The Bethesda Religious Life Team
Did you know that 84% of people with disabilities say their faith is important to them, while only 1 in 10 faith communities actively support disability awareness?
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to focus on those who may be longing for a church home. It is the perfect time to begin the journey toward purposeful inclusion of people with all abilities into the Body of Christ. It is the perfect time to foster places of belonging, especially for those who may be marginalized.
a parent/guardian of someone with a disability, you may need to be the one who
reminds others about the importance of respecting and including the disabled
community. You may have to be the go-to when churches or organizations need to
understand how to better include people with disabilities through basic
ministry. You may need to be the one who advocates for people with
developmental disabilities, especially those going through transitions
to adulthood. Bethesda is here to help.
Face 2 Face
Bethesda has created Face 2 Face, a resource for informational and discussion materials designed to support disability awareness and inclusion in churches, Christian schools and Christian organizations. Face 2 Face is intended as a first step towards building relationships and strengthening places of belonging. The free, downloadable materials are found here and include:
studies for all ages
resources include a video that shows how a young man named Chase overcame
anxiety and a fear of leadership. Stories such as this can serve as interactive
examples and discussion starters.
are hoping these materials will help our Bethesda families who may need
resources when advocating for others. If you need other resource help, contact ReligiousLife@BethesdaLC.org.
In March and beyond, Bethesda has a goal to spread the message of “Include All Abilities.” It is an opportunity to inspire the community and focus on disability awareness, taking the first steps toward belonging. Visit IncludeAllAbilities.com to learn more about how to take that first step.