Disability Week encourages congregations to grow in becoming places of belonging for everyone and places to engage their gifts in ministry—with a particular focus on people with disabilities. Christian Reformed churches (CRC) and ministries are encouraged to celebrate Disability Week October 9 through 15, 2017. These dates correspond with Reformed Church in America (RCA) Disability Awareness Sunday and with various disability organizations in North America. Depending on your church’s calendar, other Sundays would be appropriate as well.
Resources on Employment of People with Disabilities
- Bulletin insert, “Employment and Disability.” To print these yourself, feel free to use the gray scale or color copies below. To request printed color inserts (free to CRC churches), please use this request form.
- Putting Faith to Work: The Call and Opportunity for Faith Communities to Transform the Lives of People with Disabilities and Their Communities. Church communities have the opportunity and capacity to transform the lives of many people with disabilities, their families, and their communities by helping people find meaningful jobs, assume valued roles, and share their gifts and vocation with others. Putting Faith To Work enables faith communities to address the employment needs of some of their members, by connecting people with disabilities to quality employment opportunities through the natural networks represented by congregational members, and to provide (or make linkages to) other supports.
- Find many more resources for worship, study, hospitality, and employment on the CRC Disability Concerns website. Download Disability Week slides. See also the communication that Disability Concerns sent to CRC deacons attached to this post.
To explore ways your congregation can become more accessible to and welcoming of people with disabilities—and make a difference beyond the walls of your church—contact Disability Concerns (888-463-0272; firstname.lastname@example.org).