We would never forbid or prevent someone from being part of our churches! Not deliberately anyway, but sadly and without meaning to, our beautiful old buildings and fixed patterns of how most of us worship together on Sundays can mean that we can do. Those who struggle with mobility (for example; standing for long periods; failing eyesight or hearing; mental; learning or emotional difficulties) drift away without making a fuss; or worse still, never feel able to come at all.
In this section of the website, we are gathering stories and resources for supporting many who live with challenges to integration with churches, schools, chaplaincies and fresh expressions of church.
Many of these issues become more common as we get older, and there is an additional diocesan team and resources to support retired clergy as their ministry changes in later years.
There are also sections on how churches can respond well to LGBT+ people and those of other races or nationalities in our communities.
One outcome from the Covid pandemic is the way it has enabled many churches to engage online with members who've struggled to attend church physically for whatever reason. There are a number of resources around this website about that (eg in the Online Ministry and Enabling Church pages) and also on the national Church of England's Barrier-free Belonging pages.