Disability Awareness Sunday

Churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference observe Disability Awareness Sunday on the fourth Sunday of September or another date convenient to the congregation. Churches are encouraged to receive a special offering, which is remitted to the conference (IGRC # 0020 - Disability Awareness Sunday) for use in supporting congregations seeking to increase their architectural or attitudinal accessibility to people with disabilities (see Book of Discipline paragraph 265.4). Below are some links to planning helps for this important opportunity to raise awareness of people with disabilities already in your midst and to intentionally affirm your congregation's welcome and full inclusion of all people.

Resources from the United Methodist Committee on Disability Ministries

Liturgy and hymn suggestions

Scripture suggestions

Video Sermon by Pastor Randy Shepard, Chair, Committee on Accessibility Ministries

Children's literature suggestions

Resources available from the United Media Resource Center

Video Series by Pastor Jim Aniol, Vice-Chair, Committee on Accessibility Ministries, and his running partner, Jacob Martin