The Church of the Nazarene in South Australia’s CBD is to be officially opened for service this week, with the church’s first presbyterians to attend.
The church is one of many in Australia that are using the term “silent city” to describe how they treat people with disabilities.
The Church will be open to anyone who needs the services.
“We don’t have an official policy yet, but we think that the church is an important part of the community and a place where people can feel comfortable, in a way that they would never feel comfortable in a church setting,” church spokesman Michael Brown said.
The Anglican Church in Australia, which represents more than 40 per cent of the country’s Anglican congregations, is also opening a new service for people with learning disabilities, as it does in some countries.
It said the church would open its doors for people to meet with their pastors to help them learn to speak, write and live more comfortably.
“The church offers support services for people who need it most and is an inclusive and welcoming community,” Anglican general secretary of the Anglican Communion Dr Matthew Lewis said.
“This new service is part of a broader process to ensure that all Australians, regardless of age, background, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or ability, are able to share their own stories, be themselves, and receive support and support from others.”
The church has welcomed a host of high-profile people to its service this year.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is one.
The two men have a long history together, with Mr Abbott becoming a Christian when he was an Anglican priest.
Mr Abbott said he hoped the new service would bring people closer.
“It is a wonderful, wonderful opportunity for us to be a part of history, a part that people in other faiths are able and happy to be part of,” Mr Abbott told the ABC.
The new service will be held on Saturday at the Church of St. Mark in Eastwood, which is about 1.5 kilometres from the church. “
As a minister, as a priest, I hope to do more than just speak for the church, and I’m certainly going to do a lot more, to be able to give a little bit of my life to this cause.”
The new service will be held on Saturday at the Church of St. Mark in Eastwood, which is about 1.5 kilometres from the church.
“People have been coming for a long time,” Reverend Ian White of St Mark said.
“They’re from all walks of life, they’ve come to see what the church can offer and also see what our life is.”