Ability Sunday this Christmas

  ‘A special child is born’ – a reading from Isaiah 9

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This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins. That is how much God loved us…

…We have seen that the Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world, and this is what we tell people now.  1 John 4: 9-14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

‘The Father sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world’, these wonderful words in 1 John 4 are central to the message that we tell everyone in our church services, especially at Christmas. They are part of the narrative Loves comes from God, the foundation of our theme for Ability Sunday this year. 

A special reading for Christmas services

The Father sending his Son to be the Saviour of the World is also a message we read in Isaiah. The people with disabilities who read from the letter of 1 John 4 for our Ability Sunday services, have provided a reading from Isaiah especially for you to show in your church services this Christmas – whether this is a carol service, a nativity, or on Christmas Day.    

Jesus came so that we could all discover the richness of life

There will be people in your Christmas services this year that you may not see all year round. Some of them may be disabled; fearing that church might not be a welcoming place for them. Being hidden in a crowd may feel reassuring.

Showing this video in your Christmas services, you can show that we are all made by the hands of a loving God, but each one of us reflects the nature of God in a different way. We are all wonderfully unique and Jesus came so that we could all discover the richness of life.

If you did not take part in Ability Sunday this year

Resources are still available to download. All you have to do is sign up and download the resources. Signing up ensures that we have given you permission to show these resources in your church services.

We are providing service leaders with:

  • A video of the key Bible reading from 1 John 4 being read by people with disabilities
  • A suggested sermon on the theme
  • Prayers
  • Inspirational videos

 

'Fearfully and wonderfully made' - a reading from Psalm 139.

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