Our beginnings were at Riverside Church who introduced Sign Language interpreters at every service back in September 2004. As our heart grew in desire to the minister to the Deaf Community, we set-up a BSL Home Group and BSL Alpha Courses in January 2006 and these still continue now.
From the years at 2006 till 2009, our team shared the same passion and the vision of setting up a “Deaf Church” led in British Sign Language, with open access to anybody without facing any barriers and enabling us to outreach into the Deaf Community.
In May 2009, we invited David and Denise Flynn to Riverside House to deliver the “Church Training Weekend”, giving us the tools we needed to plant the church.
In June 2009, we invited: Laurence Banks and his wife Susan to launch our service by cutting the red ribbon. At this service we were encouraged by his message about “Disciplines and Transparency”.
We want to say thank you to Harry Hewat and Riverside Church for the great support, encouragement and prayer for our team as we established the Word of Hands and thank you to our Lord Jesus for giving us the desire to see this service happen!
We began running the services every two months in the first year then increased the number of services to 9 times per year from 2010-2012.
From February 2013, the number of services increased again from 9 to 11 services! We now run the 1st Sunday of every month with a break during January only.
We are praying and trusting in the Lord to guide the Church’s growth, outreach and fellowship with the Deaf & BSL Community to increase our services to be more regular.
See our Vision Page for the Word of Hands’ purpose!
Word of Hands is a ministry of Riverside Church, a member of the Evangelical Alliance.
Charity No. 1099487 and Company No. 4479264