Links to useful websites
The Christian BSL at Christmas Carol Service.Led in British Sign Language by Deaf Christians, with spoken English interpretation and captions. 4:30pm Saturday 19th December 2020. Broadcast live on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Up to date guidance on worship, church activities and Coronavirus is available on the Church of England Website: https://www.
With a new National Lockdown in place, here is a reminder of on-line opportunities for worship and learning.
The BSL Church Worship Group on Facebook and YouTube is still the best resource for information about what’s on. Each Sunday, a group of Church leaders take it in turns to present a service in BSL. This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and there will be a service on that theme led by Cathy Nightingale.
Looking for something else this Sunday?
The Church of England streams a service each Sunday at 9am with subtitles and a BSL interpreter.
Mark Smith’s YouTube channel always has a Sunday offering, accessible to hearing and Deaf people.
Word of Hands (Birmingham) have a short act of worship with sermon each Sunday.
Watch out also for their excellent children’s videos under the name of “Lighthouse Kids”
Metropolitan Tabernacle has a Deaf Ministry page on Facebook where you can see interpreted sermons and talks
The Catholic Deaf Association offers a signed mass each week on their YouTube channel
Two major Christian events moved online this year and worked with Signs of God to make some of their content accessible:
Spring Harvest Home – teaching from this year’s Spring Harvest online event is still available. Interpreted material is available via their Accessible and BSL playlist.
New Wine United Breaks Out teaching and worship is available via their Accessible Church playlist on YouTube
BSL Daily Devotions – short devotions based on a Bible verse for each day
And some beautiful worship songs in BSL
Christian BSL is a resource site offering a searchable database of BSL vocabulary. It also has a prayers and readings section where individual items may be downloaded.
Sign & Word: has Christian reflections, drama and prayers in BSL on YouTube
When you cannot attend a funeral is a short service in BSL based on a service created by the Church of England life events team. It is in BSL with spoken English and captions and may be used by people in their own homes when they can’t attend the funeral of someone they loved who has died.
Streamed services with interpreters:
Many Churches are now making their streamed services accessible by including BSL/English interpreters and/or subtitles. Below is the list as currently known. Do check. Times may change.
Please let us know of any others
King’s Church London (12.30pm)
Merland Rise Church, Tadworth (10.30am):
Rising Brook Baptist Church Stafford: (10.30am)
Bromley Town Church (10am):
Wood Green Church, Worcester (10.30am):
Kerith Community Church (9.30am)
Bilton Evangelical Church (10.30am)
Belfast Christian Fellowship Church (10.00am)
Derby Vineyard (You can select Facebook or YouTube) (10.30am)
St Matthew’s Church, Walsall (10.00am)
Resources for ministers and leaders
The Church of England Digital Team offer free webinars to support your on-line services and events. See what’s on offer and sign up.
A Church Near You
Has a resource hub for those that are registered, with videos, pictures, and music that can be downloaded and used under a Creative Commons Licence. For the Music, you must also have a CCLI licence with a streaming option. These resources may only be used by Church of England churches. https://www.achurchnearyou.com/hub/home/
Free Evangelism and Discipleship Webinars on a variety of topics are being offered by the Church of England. Take a look and register here:
The Church Support Hub has downloadable resources for services to mark baptisms, weddings and funeral.
There is good advice for filming from the Diocese of Manchester here:
https://youtu.be/YOdQXbVNrVA for those preparing online services.
Rev Canon Gill Behenna. Deaf Ministry Adviser
mobile: 07715 707135
The Archbishops’ Council is a registered charity (number 1074857).
Resources for accessing worship and teaching online
The Church of England has updated its guidance about the use of face coverings in Church services indoors. This is because of the announcement from the Government that face coverings will be mandatory in places of worship from 8 August 2020. Please click on the links below for YouTube video on the guidance and for the written guidelines.
New Wine United Breaks Out 2020
Both the BSL and DANCE UK BLESSING have been released and can be viewed via our BLOG page.
Thy Kingdom Come
People recorded some wonderful reflections and prayers so there was a different video every day, with a bonus video on some days! You can still see them all on the BSL Church Worship Youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/
Resources for accessing worship and teaching online
With some churches now open, but congregational singing not allowed, I have been thinking about different ways we can worship. Signs and movement have helped me worship when I’m on my own in my living room. Faith and Faithfulness is a song being released by New Wine Worship for UBO. Here it is with BSL interpretation with Chris Sayburn telling the story of how he wrote it. Can you learn it before UBO?