We aim to be an inclusive church and one of our members, Frances Burton, has signed up with Through the Roof as a way of ensuring we get up to date information and strategies to support individuals who have additional needs.
Through the Roof’s name was decided in memory of the wonderful miracle where the friends of a paralytic individual was lowered through the roof of a house where Jesus was preaching, to ensure their friend saw Jesus face to face.
The latest Through the Roof meeting was in July 2020 and if you would like to catch up on what was said, please watch via the YouTube link below:Learning from Lockdown
If you would like more information and would also like to be a RoofBreaker, please let Rev. Jo know.
Healing the paralytic at Capernaum is one of the miracles of Jesus in the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus was living in Capernaum and teaching the people there, and on one occasion the people gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left inside the house where he was teaching, not even outside the door. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man but could not get inside, so they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and then lowered the man down. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Some of the teachers of the law interpreted this as blasphemy, since God alone can forgive sins. Mark states that Jesus “knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts.” Jesus said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins …” He says to the man “…get up, take your mat and go home.”Matthew (9:1–8), Mark (2:1–12), and Luke (5:17–26)
Books Recommended by Through the Roof
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Helpful websites that support inclusion and participation for all:
- Disability and Jesus is a user-led organisation, stemming from the lived experience of disability rather than an ‘outside-in’ standpoint.
- The Churches for All partners have a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge on disability issues – challenging and enabling churches to fully include disabled people.
- The Church of Scotland brought together the working group to focus on the needs of those in our communities with Learning Disabilities.
- HeartEdge is about sharing, connecting, growing support and developing – finding new ways of being at the heart on the edge
- Faith and Light is a Christian association that includes people with learning disabilities or learning difficulties, their families and friends.
- Prospects Across Scotland is a Christian Charity that offers advice, support, training and resources to churches to help them welcome people with learning disabilities and share the Gospel message in a way that is relevant and understandable.
- Torch Trust is a Christian organisation with a worldwide vision for people with sight loss.