Everybody Belongs

A Sunday to Celebrate...

What would it look like for people with disabilities in our congregations to be known not only as people who experience limitation, but as people have tremendous gifts and abilities to bring to our communities? Too often, the 1 in 7 people with disabilities in Canada aren't represented well in our faith communities. Pick a Sunday this year to celebrate the contribution of people with disabilities in your church. We can help make this service a reality. Watch the video to the right or check out the resources below to learn how we can partner with you and people of various abilities to make an EveryBody Belongs Service a part of your church year.

Pick a Sunday this year and let us know when you will host an Everybody Belongs Service using the form at the bottom this page. We will connect with you to ensure you are fully prepared for this service. Here are some of the resources that we are pleased to offer:

1. Promotional Videos

In the weeks leading up to an EveryBody Belongs service, you are welcome to use the videos we have produced to help promote this important time. Feel free to make use of the video above, or incorporate the short 30-second version that can be used as a "teaser," below.

2. Personal Stories and Videos

Stories are an excellent way to engage people in the topic at hand. We encourage you to reach out to people in your own community for their stories (see the worship planning guide) but also have many videos that highlight engaging stories. Visit our church engagement page and watch the videos there to see which ones relate best to your community.  

3. Worship Service Guide

screenshot of service guide file

The EveryBody Belongs Service Guide contains tips, service elements including prayers and a  children's message, and various resources to assist as you plan a service around the EveryBody Belongs theme. We recognize that each church community is different, and so this guide includes several styles of worship and inclusive practices. You can click here or on the image to the right to download the guide. Let us know what you think!

4. Sermon Resources

Please connect with us to see if someone from Christian Horizons is be available in your area to come speak at an Everybody Belongs service. We have also developed a well-researched sermon on 1 Corinthians 12 for you to use. In the church everybody belongs, and each person is indispensable to the flourishing of Christ's Body. You can preview the sermon here or by clicking on the image to the right. Connect with us to make sure you have the most up-to-date version.

5. Follow-up Resources 

For congregations looking to go beyond one service to embracing accessibility in church life on an ongoing basis, we have made a number of high-quality resources available for you on our church engagement page. Several of these are included in the EveryBody Belongs Service GuideWe would also be happy to send you information on how be involved in the work of Christian Horizons in your community and around the world.

When is your EveryBody Belongs Service? Let us know!

Send us an email at ministry@christian-horizons.org to connect.
We look forward to hearing from you!