Recognising all are made in the image of God was the central point of the day as Christ Church, Guildford, held a special ‘Ability Sunday’ service.
Led by Paula Bell, founder of the 'Open Hands' group, the service was focussed on God’s love for people of all abilities, bringing the congregation together, and the commandment to pass God’s love onto others.
The service was based on materials from the Prospects 2016 ‘Ability Sunday’ on the theme of “I am gifted, I am unique, I am loved, I am loved to love” and featured regulars from the church sharing their gifts with the congregation. Following the service coffee was served for all afterwards, giving the opportunity for the church to get to know others in the community.
In addition to ‘Ability Sunday’ Christ Church runs a fortnightly ‘Open Hands’ group for adults with learning disabilities, carers & friends. The group meets on a Saturday every fortnight for afternoon tea, offering the chance for people chat with and make new friends, followed by worship and bible study.
Paula Bell, leader of the Christ Church ‘Open Hands’ group, said: “Those who regularly come to the fortnightly Open Hands Saturday services often share their gifts in the most amazing and often moving ways and this happened at the Ability Sunday service too.”
“The service was a lively and uplifting celebration of ability and love.”
More information about and resources for Ability Sunday can be found on the prospects website.