Access for All – Church Initiative

On Sunday, October 9, 2022, we celebrated our accomplishments toward “Access for All” in the past, and announced a goal for the present with a future of “doing something new” in the next decade at SCC. Check out the display in the lounge whether you lived through our efforts from 2005 through 2009 with our Campaign for Welcoming All focused on major physical changes in our buildings and grounds or began your faith journey with us more recently.

Pam Roberts, Coordinator of the Access for All Initiative, stands in front of the display in the Lounge featuring past accomplishments for better access for all.


We are broadening our concepts of “Welcoming All” following the lead of the Justice and Equity initiatives of our wider national United Church of Christ Conference (UCC.org) and the Southern New England Conference (SNEUCC.org) and the SNE UCC Disability Ministries Team. Pam Roberts, currently the SNE DM Team facilitator, will lead our church ACCESS 2023 Initiative process to initiate and carry out a “Building and Program Accessibility Audit” as designed by the UCC DM Board by the end of February, 2023 with the goal of applying for consideration as an A2A recognized church by May of 2023. The Library Team has set up a display or related books for this access focus also as Just Peace Church initiative, and the team has begun to meet.

Our goal is for all members and visitors of our church to have easier access no matter what challenges they face.

This ongoing initiative between now and June 2023 will set in place plans to keep growing in “Welcoming All” with possible improvements in how we welcome, engage, celebrate, and empower ALL to experience a sense of belonging in ways that lift up God’s unconditional gifts of grace, talents and unique abilities. Focus will include how we use accessibility best practices in our media, communications, and liturgy.
If you have any questions or comments, our contact person is Pamela Roberts, Email: drpampt@gmail.com or 860-428-2406 for text or calls.


On Access Sunday sat the globally loved and well known British pink pig “Peppa” wrapped in an SCC prayer shawl  in his wheeling chair represented our work to  “Welcome ALL”  into the love and justice of Jesus Christ and by using the global international focused guidelines for universal  access going into effect in 2023. 

All workgroup drop in times in person and on zoom will consistently be weekly:

  •  Mondays 1 to 3 PM (in Rm 201 Ed building 2nd floor) 
  • Thursdays 4:30 to 6 PM (in Library Ed building 1st floor) 
  •  NO Workgroup meetings  November 23 through 28 or December 22 through January 2nd. 

Zoom is also available for those who prefer it, using the following information:

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keH5Z25kac

Here are the links to some resources available at the UCCDM website:


Find the important documents online and/or in PDF’s for download including the Church Building and Program Accessibility Audit, the A2A
Checklist, and List of A2A Churches who have completed the A2A
Checklist.

https://uccdm.org/category/resource-room/printpublications/curriculum-and-study-resources/

Print copies are available at the lounge ACCESS 2023 display or request the PDF from Pam emailed directly to you. Sections of focus for tasks will be distributed to those involved.


Review the Sunday Service available to you at:

https://www.storrscongchurch.org/2021/05/28/worship-online/


Access the Service Bulletin by scrolling down at the link above
Access the Scriptures by scrolling down at the link above
Access the youtube service for Oct 9 2022 at the link above.

https://uccdm.org/programs/access-sunday/

Access the recommendations for ACCESS Sunday found at the link with examples and liturgical summary of the challenge to make our promise to Welcome All real and leading to not just accessible buildings but accessible and welcoming programming.


Additional resources will be added to support the ACCESS 2023 initiative on a regular basis.

https://www.w3.org/WAI/
https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/