Engagement and Inclusion

As Christians we want to be an inclusive church family and to welcome everyone to worship together. We want our church communities to be as accessible as possible in all ways for all people.

In November 2017, Vanessa Layfield was appointed our Diocesan Engagement and Inclusion Officer.  Her work includes enabling our churches to become more inclusive of disabled people. The church must be a provider of services (Under the terms of the Equality Act 2010) and therefore we all have a responsibility to take positive steps forward.

Since the commencement of her employment, Vanessa has hit the ground running.  Amongst many other things, Vanessa is keen to develop the resources and support we offer those with a disability. She has been busy working with our newly formed Disability Forum exploring how to transform church life by ensuring disabled people feel included, empowered and enabled to contribute to God’s Kingdom.

In view of this, Vanessa is encouraging Parishes to look at the ‘Through the Roof website with a view to appointing Roof Breakers. ‘Through the Roof’ is based on the story found in St Luke 5:17-31, which tells of a paralyzed man being healed by Jesus after being lowered through a roof.  If anyone is interested in becoming a Roof breaker’, please go to Through the Roof, once sign up has been completed, a free starter kit will be sent to you. 

Disability Awareness Day – 15th July 2018


Sunday 15th July is Disability Awareness Day (DAD) being held at Walton Gardens in Warrington.


The DAD event attracts well over 25000 people and this year the Chester Diocese Engagement and Inclusion Officer Vanessa Layfield along with  members of the Disability Forum will have a presence there.


Therefore on Sunday the 15th July 2018 could we please encourage you to use the theme or title of “Celebration of different abilities” in your churches?


This theme / title should be useable for any style of service that your church offers. We hope that this will enable you to think around the abilities/gifts of all the people in your churches and communities whether they consider themselves to have a disability or not. We hope to have some good positive conversations with people at DAD while manning the stand so please remember the thousands of people that will attend this event in your prayers.


Worship resources for Disability Sunday


For further information  click here.


Engagement and Inclusion
Key Websites about the Church and Disability