We sing this from time to time, but I have been challenged to take it more seriously. I was very impressed with the arrangements at Methodist Conference to make the Conference accessible in all sorts of ways including a ramp up to an adjustable podium.
This came after learning that someone was not able to attend worship at our church because they turned up in a wheelchair. This is a matter of regret and something we have the ability to do something about. In addition, I recognise some of our own members struggle with the stairs. Whilst we are working on plans for a lift as part of the refurbishment, this will take quite some time. At the worship consultation we discussed meeting downstairs for worship on a Sunday. Whilst there are some practical issues, these can be resolved and we are small enough in number to fit comfortably downstairs. I would like us to try this so that we truly are a welcoming place of worship.
Welcoming all can also mean going out of the building to let people know they are welcome. The first Dundee Pride takes place on Saturday 22nd September. I have reserved a space in the march for Dundee Methodist Church. I shall be going along with a few others. If any of you would like to join us or find out more, please speak to me.