I’ve visited a few churches over the past couple of months and it’s been interesting to see examples of good accessibility practice but I’ve also seen that there is a lot more each church could do (I haven’t been telling them this…. not yet, I’m grateful for people’s welcome and love!) We are waiting for God to show us where we need to be ad in the meantime
The Good News Group and I went to talk at a Harvest Service in Middleton, Manchester and was impressed to see how they had made a visual timetable powerpoint. The same symbols appeared on the service sheet. These small additions can make a huge difference for someone visiting, especially if they have additional needs, anxiety or just wants to know what is happening and when.
So I’ve made an example timetable on a power point that hopefully (if it works) you can download and use as a template (see below). The symbols may not be in the order you need, but with a bit of cut and pasting, you (or a young person…LOL) should be able to rearrange them to suit you.
I’ve also added a few tips on presentation. The background and text colours are based on dyslexia and learning disability advice and please don’t have a scene (or worse a moving scene) behind printed words. I’ve seen this done for songs and it can make it unreadable for many people with additional needs, including dyslexia and sight impairment.
This sort of timetable can be used for any group, any event and once you have got the basic template, can be used quickly and easily each week.
Do have a go and let me know how you get on. 🙂
Church Service timetable – download by clicking on this link.