Are you a Deaf BSL user? Are you interested in learning more about the Christian faith, God, ministry & theology through BSL? Perhaps you have been to “Teach Me” run by DAT (Deaf Anglican's Together or have done or wanted to do the “Chester Course” and now wonder ‘what’s next?’
Or maybe you have done the Alpha course at your church or been to a DAT, Go! Sign or DY4C event, and want to go deeper and learn more. Deaf Anglicans Together and the Church of England Ministry among Deaf people would like to know what you want for the future of ministry & theology teaching in BSL.
If so then the Church of England work with Deaf people is hoping you can come to a consultation Day in Birmingham .Read more: Consultation Day on Deaf Ministry and Theology Training
"La Famille Bélier" is a new French film that has opened across France - but has caused a big controversy in the deaf community
For most hearing viewers it will be a great film ""Here is a film that makes you laugh, makes you think and occasionally makes you cry," said the newspaper, Le Parisien.
The film tells the story of a Deaf farming family with a 17-year-old hearing daughter daughter who has a beautiful singing voice . Paula Bélier's decides to leave home to become a professional singer . Her Deaf parents want her to succeed but cannot themselves appreciate or understand her singing talent.Read more: La Famille Bélier
Signature are seeking to introduce a GCSE in BSL. They are developing a qualification specification, which will then be piloted in secondary schools throughout the UK from 2015/2016.
Signature say "BSL deserves the same GCSE status as other minority languages like Gaelic and Welsh. It's introduction into the national curriculum would be a step in the right direction towards providing deaf children with more equal access to education and employment opportunities"Read more: GCSE in BSL?
Canon Sarah James, one time member of the Deaf Issues Panel, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 9th December. She formally stepped down from this role c 2004 or 2005 . Sarah was also Vice-chair of CMDDP for a while and a great supporter of Deaf Ministry. She became unwell about two years ago and has recently lived in a home in Gloucestershire. Her funeral in Painswick Painswick, , half way between Cheltenham and Stroud ere at the parish church on .Monday, 22nd December, 2pm. where she previously lived. Pray for Hywel, her husband, and remember her work and Christian life with thanksgiving.
It's hard to believe Deaf Youth for Christ has been going for just 10 years now. They have achieved so much.
Many of the Young people involved in stating this group are now mature strong Christian Adults so they are planning a fun weekend together with members old and new to celebrate 10 years of DY4C and to encourage the group to continue into the future . The have chosen the apt theme of passing on the baton for the weekend!
More information about the weekend can be found in the events diary or by logging into the DY4C Facebook Page