The Diocese of Lincoln is an active participant in the newly formed Lincolnshire Deaf Alliance, which, among other things, seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual and physical development, support for deaf people at times of pastoral need (weddings, funerals, etc), recruit and train BSL-using volunteers to provide ‘befriending’ services to deaf people in Lincolnshire, liaise with other organisations that provide services to deaf people and provide BSL training, workshops and lectures.

For more details please contact Richard Steel, Mission Team Leader, by email or text him on 07720 740955

We have had two deaf congregations regularly worshipping in British Sign Language (BSL). These are:  

Scunthorpe - the service for the deaf is on the 4th Sunday of every month at 3pm

St Hugh's, Ashby Road, Old Brumby, Scunthorpe DN16 2AG

A link to their website can be found here

Grantham - meet every second Sunday at 3pm

St Wulfram, Church Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6RR

A link to their website can be found here.

They are currently, of course, unable to meet and so this page provides some helpful links for you during lockdown.


Coronavirus resources

Revd Mark Smith, Chaplain for Leeds and vicar of Rawdon Parish, near Leeds 

A good place to find Signed services is on his channel on YouTube.

One important video on his site is the one on ‘Spiritual Communion’. This is a service of the Church of England designed specifically where people are unable to receive the physical bread and wine and so is particularly apt at this time:

Watch the video here.

Christian Fellowship Church

For a more informal service you might try the Christian Fellowship Church:

The video can be found at this link.

Facebook

There are a number of Pages and Groups on Facebook including:

British Sign Language Church Worship

Their page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSLChurchWorship/ 

This is an Open Group where you will find information about signed events and other worship material created and posted by its members

Deaf Church (London Diocese)

https://m.facebook.com/londondiocese/

Some web sites include:

Christian BSL - this website will be launched officially soon, but meanwhile the prayers and readings sections contain some beautiful resources in BSL https://christianbsl.com/category/prayers/

Signs of God

This charity aims ‘To advance the use of British Sign Language in Christian settings and to promote and enable full participation in the Christian faith of people who use British Sign Language.’

They hold and administer a list known as the Christian Interpreters' Network who are people who are willing to make themselves available to interpret Christian events.  Their website can be found here

BSL Daily Devotions 

This website has a thought for each day, translated by excellent deaf translators who are all Christians. 

BSL Bible 

Website: www.bslbible.org.uk

A translation of the first few chapters of Mark's gospel can be found on this website and other chapters will be published in due course once their website has been updated. Other chapters can be found on the Project’s YouTube channel.

Go! Sign

Is a deaf-led Christian organisation. On their website you will find 'Christianity explored' a BSL translation of the book 'If you could ask God one question' which is produced by Christianity Explored. 

Under the tab 'Go Sign! Channel' there are also parables to watch and under 'Resources' an archive of preaching in BSL (some are quite old, but still valuable).  You can also order paper versions of their publications. Their website can be found here.

Words of Hands Church, Birmingham

There are also various resources listed by the Words of Hands Church, Birmingham:

https://wordofhands.org.uk/resources/

These include BSL daily devotions and the BSL Bible Project.

Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, Bristol

There is also this site which was put together by the Bristol-based Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People bringing together various sources of advice about support during the COVD-19 crisis.

Bible Gateway

Although not specifically aimed at deaf people this is a good website for online versions of the Bible in a wide range of languages. This website can be found here.