Disability Conference 2018

Something Worth Sharing

Saturday 13th October –  Sunday 14th October 2018

A weekend of events to mark our 7th annual conference on disability and church, a partnership between St Martin in the Fields and Inclusive Church. 

Download the flyer here.

Saturday 13th October 10.30-16.30 St Martin's Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Something Worth Sharing

Disabled people can be isolated by experience or geography, and face barriers to belonging in churches and communities. What can we do to unlock gates and open our gifts? From access statements to advisory groups, using language and structure, connecting and gathering, we explore ideas and share practical resources for getting in and joining in.

Speakers include: June Boyce-Tillman, Tim Goode, Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott, Emily Richardson and Sam Wells.

Through plenary talks and in small groups, with a silent space and a marketplace, this is a day to resource each other and the church. Organised by and for disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in disability issues.

£20 / £10 concessions (bursaries available*)

Registration below. Spaces are limited.

*For further information, to apply for a bursary or if you have any questions, please email disability@smitf.org or phone Jonathan Evens on 020 7766 1127.

Sunday 14th October 10-11.30, St Martin-in-the-Fields

Something Worth Sharing: Eucharist and Healing Sevice for St Luke's Day

This special service reflects the weekend's themes using liturgy written by members of St Martin's Disability Advisory Group and Healing Team. The service includes the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, accompanied by prayers for healing- for yourself, for someone else or for the wider world. All are welcome.

Sunday 14th October 14.00-16.30, St Martin's Hall

Something Worth Sharing: Defiant Lives

A special screening of this feature-length documentary followed by discussion of the issues and ideas. Defiant Lives tells the story of the disability rights movement in the UK, US and Australia. Mixing archive footage and recent interviews with disabled people who fought for a society where everyone can participate. All are welcome.

Tickets are free, with a retiring collection to cover costs- suggested donation £5. Conference delegates are being offered priority booking for the film. Use the conference form below to let us know if you would like us to reserve you a space.


Film Trailer


Register for 'Something Worth Sharing' by completing the form below.

We are seeking to make the conference accessible to everyone. There is step-free (lift) access, wheelchair accessible toilets and an induction loop. A quiet room will also be available, and all activities are optional. We are able to provide addional support or adjustments if requested in advance (NOTICE OF BSL INTERPRETATION AND LARGE PRINT BY 1 OCTOBER PLEASE). We would be glad to know how we can enable your participation. Please let us know if you have sensory sensitivity or impairment, mobility issues or any other information you feel is important.
Will you be bringing a Personal Assistant?