Welcome and Inclusion
Oadby Trinity Methodist Church seeks to be welcoming and to include everybody in the life of the church irrespective of ability, physical or mental health, gender, sexuality, wealth or ethnicity.
We are seeking to learn more about how we do that more effectively and the resources we are using include:
Below you will find an indication of our current positions on the following issues:
For more information, please contact our minister, Rev Derek McLean at 0116 271 2404 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ability and disability
|We seek to include and welcome all irrespective of ability or disability.
- The heating system works well so it is a comfortable place to gather for worship.
- The toilets are a short level access from the worship space and include facilities for the disabled.
- Our main worship space is a level area with chairs which can be arranged flexibly to fit in with people’s needs.
- We usually have at least one wheelchair-user present and ensure that someone will move a chair so that the wheelchair user can sit anywhere amongst the congregation.
- We have a number of worshippers who need more space because they use walkers or who need supportive seating. Most frequently they use one of the chairs with arms next to the aisle.
- Nobody is expected to stand if they can’t easily do so… we will normally have some people seated throughout the service and frequently have parts of the service where all are seated together.
- We have members of the congregation and people in leadership roles with significant experience with disabilities and we seek to use those gifts to promote inclusion.
- All hymn and prayer words are projected on a screen but also made available in paper versions for those who need them.
- We have a braille copy of our hymn book (Singing the Faith).
- We always produce extra-large copies of the worship resources for worshippers who need them, typically in 30pt font.
- There is a good sound system including a loop.
- All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
- When we share Holy Communion together it is normal for there to be some people present who take Communion where they are seated.
- The Holy Communion elements are always gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic wine.
|We seek to include and welcome all irrespective of mental health.
- We recognise the invisible nature of many mental health conditions and that these conditions are more widespread and more serious than are often acknowledged.
- We seek to provide a supportive atmosphere in which mental health issues are recognised and people will find a safe space for support.
- We acknowledge that churches can be places where the processes of "repentance" and "forgiveness" often cause pain for those with mental health conditions by imposing a sense of guilt. We seek to use words wisely so that they may give support rather than exacerbating pain.
A particular part of our ministry works together with people with dementia.
- We have enabled people in many of the local businesses to become Dementia Friends.
- Many of our congregation are Dementia Friends.
- We have considerable experience of congregation members having dementia, Alzheimer’s and other conditions of this kind.
|Gender and sexuality
|We seek to include and welcome all irrespective of gender or sexuality.
Members of this church are committed to learning more about these issues and the Methodist Church report “God in Love Unites Us” will form the basis of our Lent Study in 2020.
- All roles within the Methodist Church are open to all. There are Methodist ministers who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and we celebrate the way that experience enriches their ministry and that of the whole church.
- If you worship with us, you may find that the service is led by somebody who identifies as LGBTQ+.
- The most senior ordained role within the Methodist Church is that of President. A woman has been President of the Methodist Conference in each of the last three years.
- We are not currently able to conduct same-sex marriages in this church. The national Methodist Church will consider proposals at its Conference in July 2020 which may allow individual churches to register for same-sex marriages.
|Wealth and poverty
|We seek to include and welcome all irrespective of their financial circumstances and we don’t believe in a 'prosperity Gospel'.
- We host and coordinate the Oadby Food Bank.
- Through that work we hear and share in the lived experience of those enduring poverty in our own community.
- We are committed to campaigning to combat poverty.
- Nobody is expected to give beyond their means. Any financial appeal will acknowledge that for some people they should not contribute.
|We seek to include and welcome all irrespective of their ethnicity.
- If you worship with us, you may find that the service is led by somebody from a BAME background.
- We are blessed that our team of Circuit Ministers and Local Preachers include people from diverse cultural heritages.
- We don’t currently have anybody from a BAME heritage in a leadership role in this church but we would like that to change.
- We have regular worshippers from African, Asian and mixed heritage communities, but they are a minority.