Faith: Sign Language Service live online December 10th




Five major UK denominations join together for an ecumenical celebration of the birth of Christ, in a Christmas Carol Service led by deaf christians in British Sign Language.

In an unprecedented collaboration, five of the United Kingdom’s major Christian denominations, The Church of England, The Church of Scotland, The Church in Wales, The Methodist Church of Great Britain, and The Baptist Union of Great Britain (Baptists Together), are set to broadcast a special Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 10th December 2023.

This ground breaking event will be hosted on their respective Facebook Pages and YouTube Channels, uniting thousands of viewers for a unique Christmas celebration. Titled The Christian BSL Carol Service this remarkable service is scheduled to be held at 9:00am on the 10th of December 10th 2023, which is the second Sunday of Advent. With its theme of “The Magi”, the service will offer a powerful reminder of the journey of discovery, faith, and the profound wonders that await us all in Christ.

The service will be led entirely in British Sign Language (BSL) by Deaf Christians and aims to bridge linguistic and cultural barriers, demonstrating the universal appeal of the Christmas story. For those who are not proficient in BSL, the service includes captions and spoken English translation, ensuring that everyone can fully participate in this festive celebration.

The distinguished team of Deaf Christians leading the service are: Helen Cottingham, Tony Hawkins, Fatimo O Olubakin, Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford, Veronica Stewart-Holmes, and Janice Silo. With their faith and deep connection to the deaf community they convey the message of Christmas in a way that resonates with people everywhere. Tom Pearson, the spokesperson for, the organisation partnering with the denominations for this service, highlighted the significance of this event: “Having filmed the service it became clear that this was a perfect opportunity for ecumenical unity, celebrating Christmas together. I am delighted that five of the UK’s major Christian denominations have agreed to platform the Christian BSL Carol Service at the same time on the same day.

Pearson continued, “The story of Christmas is universal, transcending languages and borders. In our service the message of Christmas comes to life through British Sign Language, bringing hope and joy to all.”


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Val Fraser

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