Sermon in sign language and installation of a new dean

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St. Paul’s Cathedral to mark two important moments in time this weekend:

First British Sign Language sermon preached in St Paul

A British Sign Language sermon will be preached for the first time in St Paul’s this Sunday.

St Paul’s has included BSL interpreting services for many years, but this will be the first time a sermon has been given entirely in sign language, with speech interpreting.

The signed service marks the International Day of Sign Languages ​​(today Friday, September 23) when countries unite to raise awareness of sign language, the form of communication used by the majority of the world’s 72 million deaf people .

It also aligns with the diocesan vision for every Londoner – and beyond – to encounter God’s love in Christ.

The BSL Act was passed in April 2022 after years of campaigning and recognizes BSL as the official language of England, Scotland and Wales, and it demonstrates the commitment of the Diocese of London to continue to find different ways for everyone to engage and participate. in all services.

Baptist minister and co-ordinator of the Churches of the Deaf in London, Sue Whalley will preach.

Sue began working with Deaf Churches in London during her internship as part of her training for Baptist ministry and she said:

“It will be an honor to give a sermon at St. Paul and use sign language to share my thoughts and thoughts on God.

“British Sign Language is the fourth most widely used language in the UK, with over 125,000 adults using it to communicate. The church is a place for people from different backgrounds and communities, and so it is essential that we are able to connect with all groups of people, including the segment of the population that is deaf. I hope this type of sermon is the first of many to come!

The new dean of St Paul is installed

The new Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, will be installed at Evensong this Sunday.

Andrew led the first National Service of Prayer and Reflection following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth when the new National Anthem was sung for the new King for the first time.

Andrew takes charge at an important time in St Paul’s history as it seeks to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and play a central role in the rejuvenation of the City of London as workers and visitors return to the square mile.

He will oversee a growing program of services and special events, as well as welcoming visitors from the UK and abroad as they begin to return to the capital.

He succeeds the Very Reverend Dr David Ison who retired this month after ten years as Dean of St Paul’s.

Upon his appointment, Andrew said:

“I am fully aware that I am joining the St Paul’s team at a pivotal time with both immediate and systemic challenges.

“I hope I can draw on my experience at other great centers of worship – Westminster Abbey and Durham Cathedral – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, helping to rebuild life in St Paul as the global economy is reopening.

“An international perspective is essential for me, and my faith has been deepened through my involvement with Seafarer Missions around the world, as well as a keen interest in interfaith dialogue.

“The Cathedral also has an important role to play in supporting the Diocese of London’s vision for every Londoner to encounter God’s love in Christ and I look forward to working with colleagues and across the various churches in the capital to achieve Londoners and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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