Everybody Belongs

A Sunday to Celebrate...

December 3rd, 2017 is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, it falls on a Sunday. What better opportunity to dedicate a church service to celebrate the gifts of people with disabilities in your community?

Watch the video or check out the resources below to learn how we can partner with you and people of various abilities in your community to make the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities a part of your church year!

Please let us know of your interest in hosting an Everybody Belongs Sunday using the form on this page, and 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 (some of which can be downloaded right here).

1. Promotional Videos

You are welcome to use the video above to promote this opportunity.

Here is a version without reference to December 3rd, if you are using these resources a different day:

And here is a short 30-second version that can be used as a "teaser."

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

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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, and we'd love to hear from you if this guide has been helpful!

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.

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If you choose to deliver this message yourself, we have developed a well-researched sermon on Paul's reflections in 1 Corinthians 12. 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. Note that we will be updating and providing PowerPoint slides to go along with this message. 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 Guide. We 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.

Contact us to learn more!

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