About YouBelong

YouBelong started in January 2019 out of a desire to empower Christians with a disability or chronic illness to be an active part of the Church. However, at present, the Church as a whole is not ready to support, care or work with church members who live with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

This is where YouBelong comes in...

 

The first step is to connect with Christians, both physically and virtually, and gain some feedback about their experience of church life and what they think could be done better. As well as a means of research, the newly founded community of people with faith and disability/chronic illness in common, are encouraged to build relationships with another, discuss day to day challenges, faith and the challenges that the two can throw up when combined. We hope that the blog posts updated here each week will kick off some engaging, thought provoking, and reflective discussions with various members of the community and hope that you will follow us on social media to be a part of the conversation that follows. If you have any suggestions for faith and disability/chronic illness related topics, please send them to us via the contact form.

 

The next step is to engage the Church on a local level and equip and train them for encounters with disabled and chronically ill individuals so as they are prepared physically and spiritually to welcome all who come through their doors. Some of these resources will be shared over on the resources page in the coming months. We will announce their arrival on our social media pages when they are ready so be sure to follow us on: twitter, instagram, and facebook.

 

Once a number of churches have shown an interest and desire to become more accessible in their theology, liturgy, language and physically, and have engaged with the resources and completed training, their name and details will be added to a list which will be available on the YouBelong website so as anyone who is looking to attend a church can find one locally which will be YouBelong approved. But this is not where it ends as I hope that these churches will also recognise those who are unable to attend church physically and be willing and able to support them by preparing and sending out people from within the church to meet with these people and include them in their church network.

 

There is also the potential for this to serve as a great evangelistic ministry to those who do not have a faith and are seeking a community, love, and physical support by having their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs met by people within the church.

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