Sunday, January 13, 2013

Braille first for South Wales discipleship course

A popular discipleship course running across churches in South Wales has been made available in Braille for the first time.

The Living Faith, or Exploring Christianity course, was developed out of a partnership between the Church in Wales dioceses of Monmouth, Swansea & Brecon, and Llandaff, and the Church of England dioceses of Bath & Wells, Exeter, Bristol and Portsmouth.

Lisa Tregenza, until recently Learning Development Adviser for Monmouth Diocese, said: “As far as we are aware, this is the first time Braille users have had the opportunity to participate on an equal basis in a course of this sort. I am excited about this initiative which will allow more people to engage with resources to nurture their growth as disciples.”
 
The six modules encourage Christians to go deeper in their faith and the course is used in some dioceses as the first stage of training for lay ministry.

Rebecca Blaevoet, who transcribed the course into Braille, said: “I have found a new and fresh perspective to my Christian faith through transcribing the modules for this series.”

The Reverend Jennifer Cole, Education for Discipleship Officer for Bath & Wells, which originally developed the programme, added: “This is a good example of what can be achieved when dioceses work together in partnership. The course as a whole has benefitted tremendously from the experience and expertise of all involved and sharing the costs of this exciting initiative makes the course more accessible and inclusive.”

1 comment:

Lin said...

Re your news item BRAILLE FIRST FOR SOUTH WALES DISCIPLESHIP COURSE, we would like to offer the following comment from Torch Trust:
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Lisa Tregenza is reported as saying, ‘As far as we are aware, this is the first time braille users have had the opportunity to participate on an equal basis in a course of this sort’, referring to Christian course materials.

At Torch Trust (a Christian ministry for people who are blind or partially sighted) we applaud initiatives such as this which enable greater inclusion of people with sight loss in the life and ministry of the church. For over 50 years this has been the heartbeat of Torch Trust.

The range of materials we have transcribed into braille and large print and which predates this course includes many study guides from LifeBuilder, Cover to Cover, York Courses, Freedom in Christ, Christianity Explored and Alpha.

For more information visit torchtrust.org, email info@torchtrust.org or telephone 01858 438260. Alternatively, for a short video on the wider inclusion of people with sight loss in church, search for ‘Foursight for the Church’ on YouTube.

With best wishes,

LIN BALL
Media Team, Torch Trust (www.torchtrust.org)