Prestwick And Monkton North Parish Church

Church can be a difficult place for many people. Not least, people with learning disabilities. Often people with additional needs find sermons long, church language difficult to understand, the amount of reading (song words and intimation sheets) overwhelming, and sadly people are not as welcoming as they could be.

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“Prospects in Scotland are very aware of the barriers that can hinder people coming to church. They are in the business of helping overcome those barriers! “There are currently 24 church based Prospects groups for people with learning disabilities throughout Scotland. At present, there is no such group in Ayrshire. “I am a member of Prestwick and Monkton North Parish church. We have several members with learning disabilities. They are involved in church, sometimes helping in the service and volunteering in our church café.

“However, church is often difficult for them so we are in the process of starting a local Prospects group, where people with learning disabilities can worship, pray and learn about Jesus in a way that is relevant for them. “Our new group is still at the planning stages; we have spoken about it with the congregation and had an initial meeting. “We are encouraged by the number of people who want to help. We are now getting together to set a date for our new group to start, and Prospects is providing us with training and resources! We are excited about what God will do as we all learn together in this new group.”

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