Is the church handicap accessible?

I received this question from a blog reader like you. Do you have a question? Check out this post to let me know.

 At The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, our facilities are fully accessible according to ADA guidelines. In regard to the particular questions from the reader:

  • Is it easy to get in the door to the church? Yes. There are automatic door openers at each door to the West Building and several main doors in the East Building.
  • Are their spaces reserved for wheelchairs in the auditorium? Yes. In many of the sections on the main level.
  • Are your handicapped parking spaces accessible for vans with ramps? Yes. Not all of the handicapped parking spaces are accessible for vans with ramps, but there are some that are available.
  • Is it easy for a person in a wheelchair to use your bathrooms? This is a more difficult question for me, but I believe so. This is based on ADA compliance. I do not know from a conversation or personal experience.
  • What other provisions do you have for people in wheelchairs? Before the worship service, parking attendants guide those who are in need of priority parking to the right places. Additional assistance may be provided by ushers if necessary.

This question has meaning beyond facilities. I believe that our church is handicap accessible in our purpose, vision, journey, programs and ministries. I believe that, as the church, it is essential to be inclusive of all people and to communicate that God loves them, we love them and that life can be different [through Jesus Christ]. (Thanks to Mike Chamberlain for the last three points.)

Is the church handicap accessible? Yes and it should continue to be in physical facilities and in spirit of the community.

Why I Use… (6 of 6)

I hope that you have enjoyed this series. I am always looking for new tools that can allow me to have more time to spend with people and make connections deeper and more effective. Just last week, I signed up for two new services which I am trying out.

  • Remember the Milk – Is, according to their website, “the best way to manage your tasks.” I have transferred all my tasks from Outlook to RTM and have enjoyed the additional functionality, web 2.0ness and flexibility to access on various platforms. I am considering purchasing an iPhone as a Happy 2009 and look forward to integration on this platform.
  • Evernote – Is, according to their website, “Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.” I am not yet as convinced of the utility of Evernote, but have begun to save items there.

What are tools that you use to make your job easier or more efficient?