BSL services at the Cathedral
28 January 2019 IN: Parish News
Manchester Cathedral's Sunday Eucharists will have a British Sign Language interpreter once a month to improve accessibility for deaf people.
The cathedral is committed to inclusion and is aware that people who use British Sign Language (BSL) as a first or preferred language have few opportunities to worship in church in their own language. It has announced the introduction of BSL interpreted Sunday Eucharists to ensure that its services are more accessible.
Starting on Sunday 3 February, the 10.30am Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month will be a BSL interpreted service.
Canon Cathy Nightingale, Chaplain to Deaf People for the Diocese of Manchester, said:
“I am pleased to be supporting the Cathedral in the introduction of British Sign Language interpreted services. A congregant who has attended a BSL interpreted service in their parish told me that ‘it was the first time that I understood the link between the readings in church and the sermon. It’s lovely to be able to understand everything instead of struggling to follow and it helped me to grow in faith as for once I could learn from and understand the readings and the sermon."