Causeway is a long-established, faith based group at St. John’s which exists to help people with learning disabilities, their families and carers feel valued and accepted in our church and community. It is run by Pat, Marie and Brenda who have been trained by ‘Prospects’ to lead our group. We are very pleased to be accredited by ‘Prospects’ to be a ‘Learning Disability Friendly Church.’
‘Prospects’ is a national charity and for over 30 years they have been working in partnership with churches to enable people with learning disabilities to feel welcomed and to express their faith in Jesus. They have been equipping volunteers like Pat, Marie and Brenda, to offer accessible worship and Bible teaching to people with learning disabilities.
Pat, Marie and Brenda take the opportunity to increase their leadership skills on a regular basis. For example, with ‘Prospects’ they are learning Makaton sign language, they have taken part in a Diocesan course on safeguarding and have recently completed a puppet workshop in conjunction with a similar group from St. Andrew’s Church.
Our Causeway group meets at 3pm on the last Sunday of each month. The group meets for a time of fellowship, bible study, prayer and worship. We use songs especially written by ‘Prospects’ so they are understood by our entire group. And of course our meeting is always followed up with refreshments! Throughout the year the group holds special events, such as Afternoon Tea and a Nativity service at Christmas.
If you have a learning disability yourself, or are the carer of someone with a learning disability, you are most warmly invited to join us, please, just come along.
We will look forward to meeting you – Brenda, Pat & Marie
Our Causeway Nativity – led by the group, with help from their friends.