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Hidden Disabilities & Inclusion

THIS GATHERING IS ONLINE ONLY – We currently meet in person on the first Sunday of each month in Birmingham City Centre.

On Sunday, 18th July we’ll be LIVESTREAMING our gathering from Zoom. You are welcome to join us on the Zoom from 3:45 (at 4:05 access is locked until we’re offline) or watch as usual on Facebook Live or YouTube.

We’ll be joined by guest Rev Zoe Heming who is a disability advisor and vicar. We’ll also have live music from our special guest Nichole Grace from Open Table.

We’ll re-open the Zoom after the main gathering and invite folks to join us for further discussion with Zoe. You can take a little break first and we’ll get started properly at 5:15. You will need to be logged into a Zoom account with a public account name in order to access this Zoom. (Meeting ID: 853 6699 5635, Passcode: 123674)

Welcome – Danielle

Song – (Nichole Grace) Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here

Question for Sharing (Pete):  If you could choose any activity (or in-activity), what would you do to rest and re-charge yourself?

Prayer (David):

This is the New Zealand Anglican version of what is typically called ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ …

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever. Amen.

Song (Nichole) – Tremble

Reading (Cam): 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[a] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[b]

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.  And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.  The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honourable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honourable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honour and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

Reflection (Rev Zoe Heming)

Song (Nichole) Drawn to You

Love Feast (Pete)

Song (Nichole) I Just Love You

What’s Coming Up Next … (Danielle)

Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God created us to be.”

Join the Zoom if you’d like to chat with Zoe and Nichole!

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Rev Zoe Heming is a creative, wheelchair-using C of E Rev. with a passion for sharing faith in new ways. She believes church should be an inclusive, welcoming, community space for all people to discover and enjoy God-given gifts.

We saw a clip of Zoe in discussion with journalist Damon Rose during our gathering in May on Disability & Inclusion. The full interview is here.

You can also check out Zoe’s YouTube channel.

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About Inclusive Gathering Birmingham …

Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is a diverse church gathered together by a common dream: to become a truly inclusive faith community, where doubt and difference are a welcome part of our journey together toward Jesus. We believe that the way of Jesus leads us to the wild, radical idea that true spiritual community can be formed based on who is INCLUDED, not by who is EXCLUDED. We are a learning community, constantly growing and changing to live out this vision in new and expanding ways.

When we say “inclusion”, we mean much more than mere tolerance or welcome. We believe God wants us all to know that we actually belong. That means people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, HIV status, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are loved, invited, and fully included. Read more about what makes us tick at www.inclusivegathering.org.uk or send an email to newchurchbirmingham@gmail.com to ask questions or chat.

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