Access & Inclusion
We believe that every person is created in God's image and we want St Mark's to be a place of welcome and accessibility for everyone. Join us as we learn to create a space of independence, freedom and inclusion.
Unfortunately our T-Loop is currently out of operation at our Sunday Services whilst we install a new sound desk, this will be re-installed by the end of May to the beginning of June. We are sorry for the impact this has caused.
Please contact us at the church office
to let us know if we can make any adjustments to make your visit to church more accessible.
Access and Justice
The Living Edge conference is an annual event run by disabled Christians, for disabled Christians. Their resource Something Worth Sharing shares a decade gathered wisdom on disability access and participation. A partnership between St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and Inclusive Church.
Welcoming and Including Autistic People in our Churches and Communities – guidelines by autistic expert Ann Memmott
The Inclusive Church Radical Welcome course – training to help you make your church more radically hospitable to all
The Baptist Union of Great Britain’s resources and reflections on disability justice in churches
Included By Grace, from Lynn McCann – helping churches to include autistic children and those with learning disabilities
Church of England Guidance Note on accessibility and churches. Under the Equality Act, churches have a duty to be accessible to disabled people. Churches often think they’re not covered by equality law, but they are. Start here to learn more about meeting your duties as a church – and then ask whether God is calling you to go beyond the basics of the law, to become a place of disability access and justice.
Disabled-Led Christian Groups
YouBelong – a disabled-led online community connecting disabled Christians and those with chronic illnesses
The Ordinary Office – daily prayers and Sunday services by Dave Lucas
Struggling Saints – Weekly Twitter Bible reflections led by Tim Rourke, disabled pioneer minister
Disabled Ministers, Theologians & Leaders
Fiona MacMillan, Chair of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Disability Advisory Group and Living Edge disability conference planning group; Trustee of Inclusive Church; #AccessibleSynod
Tanya Marlow, theologian, author and speaker who writes and campaigns on chronic illness and churches
Ann Memmott, autistic autism professional advising churches and society on justice and access for autistic people
Tim Goode, rector at St Margaret’s Lee Church
Jemma Brown, church accessibility consultant
Pam Webster, Methodist minister retired through chronic illness
Krysia Waldock, autistic researcher currently undertaking a PhD on autism and (non)belief
Kay Morgan Gurr, consultant and trainer advising churches on how to include children with additional needs
Nancy Eiesland, The Disabled God: Towards a Liberatory Theology of Disability
Lamar Hardwick, Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion
Stephanie Tait, The View from Rock Bottom: Discovering God’s Embrace in our Pain
Daniel Bowman Jr, On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity
Tanya Marlow, Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay
Hannah Lewis, Deaf Liberation Theology
John M. Hull, In the Beginning There Was Darkness: A Blind Person’s Conversations with the Bible & The Tactile Heart
Inclusive Church, Disability: The Inclusive Church Resource (all contributions are by disabled people, with a theology chapter by John M. Hull)
Kathy Black, A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability
Sharon V. Betcher, Spirit and the Politics of Disablement
Amy Kenny, My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church (forthcoming)
Shannon Dingle, The Full Affirmation of Disability Justice (Sojourners)
Fiona MacMillan and Samuel Wells, Calling from the Edge (The Plough)
Erin Raffety, Listening Even Unto Rebuke (Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability)
Emma Major and Laura Neale, Worshipping Together Safely (YouBelong)
Shut In, Shut Out, Shut Up – a ground-breaking disabled-led series devised by Fiona MacMillan, with guest speakers from across the UK disabled Christian movement, reflecting on disability, ableism and churches. Hosted by HeartEdge.
Resources recommended by Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs