Liverpool Cathedral has hosted its first ever British Sign Language (BSL) Messy Church event.
Messy Church is a common expression of church in the Church of England. It encourages whole families to come together for craft activities, food, story-telling and celebration around a Biblical theme. The idea is to make Church accessible and fun for the whole family, offering something different to usual Sunday morning services.
The first Messy Church took place in the Lady Chapel and was conducted in BSL as well as spoken English. It was aimed at families who use BSL because parents, grandparents or children are deaf.
Activities included paper boat racing, cake decorating, painting and model making around a Biblical theme.
The pilot event was so popular that there are now plans to run further sessions at various intervals throughout the year.
Rev Dr Hannah Lewis, Team Leader in the Liverpool Diocese for Work Among Deaf People, led the pilot session. She said, “The idea isn’t about providing access to a hearing project for deaf people, but rather about establishing an entirely new group where all can participate together regardless of whether they are deaf or hearing. Messy Church is a fantastic way for all families to keep in touch with Church if going to the normal Sunday services is not possible. The first event was a huge success and very encouraging.”
For more information on BSL Messy Church contact Rev Hannah Lewis, Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org