Why should a sign language bible exist in the Church? Why should a Sign Language Bible exist in the Church? This is a question that some people may ask. It is a common misconception that all Deaf people can read the written Bible based on spoken languages. It is true that some Deaf people hold more than one language and can read written forms of spoken languages. However, reading a spoken language is inherently more difficult for someone who has… Read More »Heart of Accessibility
During a deaf worship service, praying happens with open eyes and with lots of signing. Hands are often raised up to sign a joyful “Alleluia” to God. In fact, the whole congregation creates a mosaic of gestures that praise God. Silence is not required in order to hear the pastor speaking from the pulpit. People with hearing loss may find access to faith in the Christian tradition of silence, too. Most Deaf Christians see not hearing as a gift from… Read More »What is Praying like in Deaf Church?
Finding a home church to attend regularly is a daunting task. There are 10 things that you should look for when trying to find the right Deaf church in your local community. These qualities will help you to find your home church, a place to call your own. CommunityA church community will nurture your growth and walk with you. You need to experience a warm environment, be with people who love others, and want to know you more. They need… Read More »Finding Your Deaf Access Home Church
Transcript At Deaf Bible Society, we believe that the Great Commission is true for all people, including those who are Deaf. We believe that Deaf people have a right to access the Bible in their sign languages, providing opportunity for life transformation and a personal relationship with God and community within the church. Of the more than 350 identified sign language communities, only one has access to all 66 books of the Bible. More than 58 million Deaf people… Read More »Who is Deaf Bible Society?
Each member of the church should make a concerted effort to mentor a fellow deaf person on spiritual matters and encourage their participation in church programs. Demonstrate a strong spiritual capacity — lead by example! Become a vital part of the church by reaching out to both the deaf and hearing communities. Recognize the gifts you have and acknowledge the gifts you see in others. Engage in a multitude of opportunities to continually learn about the church, the Scriptures… Read More »7 Ways to Increase Participation in Deaf Ministries
Encourage members of the clergy to learn ASL. Provide opportunities for the deaf to worship and learn in an atmosphere in which ASL is the primary language. Advance the awareness and respect for deaf culture and people. Provide leadership opportunities for the deaf to participate and or lead in the areas of pastoral care, worship and education. Work to increase awareness among all ministers in pastoral care such as chaplains, hospice workers, parish and hospital staff, and funeral directors about… Read More »8 Ways to Increase Deaf Attendance in Hearing Churches
Dance shown, praising signing with choreographed dances Vibration Drum or Beats Read Lyrics Read the Lyrics on the screen and sign the words in a word-for-word or concept-based, or however the Holy Spirit leads you. Read the Hymn Book Repeat word with beats Use Deaf Harbor as an example by using Percussion Signing including chanting forms: fight, protest, and spirit songs Copy someone signing the song ASL Poem Handshape ABC Story Traditional ASL Storytelling Deaf raps signing with choreographed dances,… Read More »10 Ways Deaf People Worship
Transcript I want to take this opportunity to let you know 8 reasons why Deaf ministry is so important. Most Deaf don’t have access to a Bible or even portions of Scripture because their language is visual and not based on written words around the world. Currently, around the world, there is no complete Bible in any signed translation. The ASLV (American Sign Language Version) started in the fall of 1970. Soon the completion of the ASLV is set for… Read More »8 Reasons Why Deaf Ministry is Important