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How to Prepare for Interpreter Services at Church?

by on Aug.22, 2011, under Training Manual

There is no perfect way to prepare for interpreter services at church. Contact your Evangelists & Music Ministry Leaders to request the Order of Worship list for Sunday and Wednesday.  Also ask Evangelists what scripture they are planning to read at church services but don’t be surprised if that decision is not made until the last minute. It is recommend that interpreters get a music stand to use for a bible or the Order of Worship list.

You are encourage to ask your Evangelists what scriptures they are planning to use for the sermon. Keep in mind that last minute changes can affect the Order of Worship. Arrive early to communicate with the leaders and ask them if there are any changes for the Order of Worship. It is important not to be disappointed about last minute changes.

1 Peter 3: 15B “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Interpreting without adequate preparation for the Order of Worship can be a difficult task. When you are not able to receive the Order of Worship don’t be discourage without it and do your best to interpret to serve the Deaf Ministry. Interpreters can’t always depend on Order of Worship list. It is important for team interpreters to contact each other for training and to support each other to build their confidence. The more they train, the more they will know how to be well-prepare for interpreting.  Interpreters need to discuss how they will switch teams before church services to make sure it is well planned.

There are ASL Kingdom Songs in a Word document available to view at the Training Manual tab. Most of the Kingdom songs are translated into ASL. It is very useful to practice and enjoy much as you can as you try to memorize these songs for upcoming services. Another option is to check the Brian Craig website for song lyrics at www.jbraincraig.com.

Special Thanks to the DMICOC interpreters who have been hard at work to serve the needs to the deaf and hard of hearing disciples. GO INTERPRETERS GO!


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