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Breaking Barriers


Welcoming worship

Churches can help people with disabilities feel welcome (or not welcome) in their worship. The articles in this issue of Breaking Barriers describe a variety of ways people with disabilities contribute in worship. 

Loved and Accepted as We Are

Adrian and Rosanne Eising deeply appreciate the welcome and the invitation to service that their sons Elijah and Joshua receive at Fellowship church.

Odyssey Worship Is Judgment Free and Safe

Steve Dambra delights in the judgment-free safety of worship at Odyssey church.

The Surrender of Power and Brokenness

David Fik feels humbled and grateful for the simple surrender of worship in the Church at Benjamin's Hope.

Working, Growing, and Serving Together

Amber Vanderhout and Erica Howard found true worship in the engagement by all worshipers in the Special Needs SERVE at Fruitland church.

Editor's Note: Wide Boundaries

Mark Stephenson's daughter contributes to the life of worship in her own way at the churches their family has attended over the years.

Now Available!
Breaking Barriers - Spring 2018


Coming in future issues of Breaking Barriers:

Summer 2018—Aging and disability. The average age of people in churches and throughout North America keeps increasing, and the percentage of people with disabilities increases with age. How are church members 65 and older encouraged to participate and use their gifts in ministry? How does your church minister with shut-ins or those with dementia and/or hearing, physical, and visual impairments? Please send us a note (400 words) by April 18.

Fall 2018—Disability advocacy. Are you serving formally or informally as a disability advocate in your church? Please tell us about it. What gives you joy? What have you found effective? Why did you get started with this work? Please send us a note (400 words) by June 20.

We're hiring. CRC Disability Concerns and Safe Church ministries have a 30-hour-per-week position open at the CRC's Burlington, Ontario, office to assist Christian Reformed Churches in Canada in becoming safer communities where everybody belongs and everybody serves. The Volunteer and Communications Specialist will work in coordination with the Canada justice and reconciliation team through equipping volunteers, communicating with churches, and planning training events. Find the job description and application information at Application deadline is March 28. 

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