On the weekend of the 16th /17 September young Deaf People gathered in Liverpool to explore the theme of Freedom. The wekend was led by Hannah Lewis and John Delve with support from Mary Jane Russel de Clifford and Anna Smith.
During the weekend the young people created and signed some poems in BSL, Enjoy the video below.
Responding to God's Call was the title of the latest Go Sign Day Conference planned to take place on Hans-Holger Miebach (Deaf) from Germany was planned to be the main speaker but he was taken ill at the last minute.
Growing Deaf Church Leaders is a 4 session course led by Hannah Lewis and Cathy Nightingale.
Course dates are Saturdays 4th November, 20th January, 24th March and 9th June .
Any Deaf BSL Christian who wants to learn more about God and work out what God might be calling them to do
Any church background—Church of England, Independent, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Baptist, etc
Any Deaf BSL user who has done Deaf Alpha course or something like that and wants to go further …
Any Deaf BSL user who is active in church or Christian group and wants to learn more about what they do and why
4 Saturdays (4th November, 20th January, 24th March, 9th June) to learn more about our own relationship with God, our call from God, leaders in the bible, our character as Christian leaders, leadership skills for the church, and look at how we continue to grow as Christian leaders
A chance to learn more about BSL worship (maybe visit BSL churches in Manchester and Liverpool)
A chance to ask questions and explore your call in a safe Deaf space
A chance to meet other Deaf Christians and support each other as you follow your call
Revd Cathy Nightingale and Revd Hannah Lewis—Deaf Church of England priests from Manchester and Liverpool with 20 years’ experience of leadership in the church and supporting and tutoring others to become leaders in the church
Other experienced Deaf Christian leaders to act as 1-1 mentors
Deaf Anglicans Together will subsidise the course but we expect to charge about £100-£200 per person in total to cover the cost of venue hire and expenses of running the course
You will also need to pay for travel to Manchester, food for the day, and overnight accommodation if you choose to stay the night
You will also need to pay to travel to visit your 1-1 mentor (but hopefully will be someone who lives quite near to you)
You need to fill in a simple application form and email it to …
You will need to pay a deposit of £50
You will need a reference from a recognised church leader (or email us for ideas of who to ask)
There will be 12 places only on the course. If more people want to do it we will run it again in 2018/2019
For more information contact
Anna Smith Tell of some things that the Go Sign roadshow has been up to Go! Sign roadshow started by gathering information to create links between people and Deaf Christian organisations as we travel to different places.
The Roadshow has now established a small Deaf friendly Christian bookshop which sells bibles, especially bibles more suited to deaf people, bible guides, deaf awareness materials created for churches, resources written by deaf people and books for children.
The roadshow Roadshow has also gathered information about BSL/Deaf accessible churches. These may be services that are BSL led, deaf led or interpreted. Currently the resource is printed and not yet complete. It is hoped to develop this resource more fully… This should be a great supplement to the churches listing here on deafchurch.co.uk.
Two events there were invites to. Brownies, where Alex (deaf) and I taught some basic BSL which the brownies really enjoyed. The second one was St Peter's Church, Mothers Union (Rawdon, Leeds) where Anna Lickley (Deaf) presented about her experiences as a Deaf/deafened/deafblind person. She presented very well. We also provided opportunity for the group to have a try at some basic signing eg. A Christian hymn.
Two bigger projects have been set up.
The CAP money course was run in Birmingham and four people trained to run the course themselves. It has also run in Cambridge where it was well attended .
The second project was a drama group in Halifax who put together a Christmas nativity performance. This group has now evolved into a Bible study discussion group and a new expression of church life.
The roadshow provides information about events. BSL led Christian events and events that have interpreters. Information about events is also available on the Go! Sign website.
The roadshow has visited a number of deaf churches and churches where groups of deaf people attend, as well as deaf social gatherings at clubs, pubs and cafes. These visits have focused on the Yorkshire area. In addition the roadshow has provided a resources around the UK at DY4C, Signs of God workshops, Deaf Anglicans Together and Go! Sign Festival Day.
Saturday Afternoon in London was autumn meeting and AGM of DAT - Deaf Anglicans Together (formerly NDCC National Deaf Church Council which started 50 years ago in 1967!). In our picture Ken Dyson relates the History of Deaf people in the Church in the U.K. at the AGM afternoon of DAT.
Come along for a day of fun and learning focusing on the theme of Christmas
Everyone is welcome to join this workshop on 9th December . The day will be accessible and suitable for people of all BSL skills or none!