Charity celebrates 20 years with special service
Christian disability charity Through the Roof is 20 years old this year, and to celebrate, a thanksgiving service is being held on Saturday (9 September), at St George’s Christian Centre, Ashtead at 3 pm.
The service is open to everyone, in an accessible venue, and with participants of all ages and abilities. There will be BSL interpretation throughout, and the order of service will be available in regular, braille and large print format. There will be a Quiet Room, gluten-free cake and a willing attitude to adapt to meet the needs of everyone who attends.
The celebration will be hosted by the charity’s Chair, Dr Mike Townsend, with worship sensitively led by blind musician Thuy Mallalieu, and an address from Rev Jonathan Edwards who will be sharing biblically and from personal experience of disability.
Through the Roof’s CEO, Tim Wood, said, “We want to demonstrate fully inclusive worship that involves people with various experience of disability. We hope it will be a foretaste of heaven, remembering the words of Christ in Luke 14, that without disabled people His house is not full.”
During its 20 years, Through the Roof has equipped thousands of Christians and churches to ensure disabled people are included more fully in church life; it has provided 6,000 disabled people with joy and friendship through groups and holidays; and it has distributed 20,000 mobility aids and wheelchairs in developing countries in four continents and preached the Gospel to around 40,000 people.
More details are on the charity’s website www.throughtheroof.org