Sign Language Resources for Christian Religions

Deaf and hard of hearing people and families attending churches and synagogues can find sign language translations for their religion. Plenty of resources are available. Most of these resources are offline, in the form of books and video materials.

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Many books are available, and most are focused on signed English translations instead of American Sign Language (ASL). Here are some of the available books.

Children and Teens

  • Ann Elizabeth Signs With Love — In this book, a deaf child signs the song "Jesus Loves Me."
  • Jesus Loves Me!: Scriptures and Songs in Sign Language (Signing God's Word) — for children from kindergarten through fourth grade. This book has 29 scriptures and three songs.
  • Sign & Say: Bible Verses for Children — for preschool through elementary age. This book has verses from both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Signing at Church (signed English) — aimed at young adults and adults. It has things such as greetings, questions, and the Lord's Prayer.
  • Signing at Sunday School— This book has the story of Jesus and includes a vocabulary index.
  • Signs of Faith: Bible Verses for Preteens and Youth — This book includes the Lord's Prayer and the Seven Last Words of Jesus.


  • Hymns for Signing (American Sign Language) - Contains more than 600 traditional and gospel hymns
  • Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide For All Faiths - designed to meet the communication needs of an ever more diverse religious population
  • With Heart and Hands and Voices: Songs With Sign Language for Sunday School, Choir, and Worship - 20 familiar refrains, hymns, and songs, plus sign language illustrations and instructions. Each song features suggestions of ways to teach the song and incorporate the songs in worship, rehearsal, or the classroom
  • Signing the Scriptures: A Starting Point for Interpreting the Sunday Readings for the Deaf - offers the interpreter a way to sign the readings for Mass.


DeafMissions produces and sells religious sign language materials such as The Bible: ASL Translation.

ASLonDVD has a series of signed prayers and hymns, A Praising Spirit. Additional religious video materials are available from vendors of deaf and hard of hearing products:

  • Forgiven (with Mark Mitchum, who is also in other religious video materials)
  • Religious Signs (DVD)
  • Religious Signs Vocabulary (interpreter-oriented)
  • In Sign Language Series (covers Amazing Grace, God Bless America, The Lord's Prayer, and more).
  • Lift Up Holy Hands (more church songs, including Praise the Name of Jesus, We Three Kings, O Come, All Ye Faithful, and several more).

Online Dictionaries

A few religious sign language dictionaries are available online:

  • DeafMissions has an animated dictionary of religious signs online. Signs are demonstrated in cartoons, with individual signs and phrases.
  • ASLPro also has a religious sign dictionary online with video clips.

Signed Bible Stories

The producers of ASLPro provided this description about

"We provide free resources in the form of rich visual multimedia including signed stories from the Old and New Testaments, signed poetry, signed music, and just for fun activities, all free to the user. In addition, we are currently adding 3D Bible stories to the site that are short videos from the Bible and modern-day parables related to Bible themes. is being created as a shared experience for both the Deaf and the hearing. Our 3D Bible stories include closed captioning that can be enjoyed by both categories of users and would be extremely helpful to families in a homeschooling environment."

10 Sources
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  1. Dellinger AE, Hackett M. Ann Elizabeth Signs with Love. Concordia; 1991.

  2. Sewell JC. Jesus Loves Me!: Scriptures and Songs in Sign Language. Carson-Dellosa Christian Publishing; 2003.

  3. Flegal DL, Flegal D. Sign & Say: 36 Bible Verses for Children. Abingdon Press; 2012.

  4. Schneider J, Kifer K, Krasnik M. Signing at Church: For Adults and Young Adults. Garlic Press; 1998.

  5. Schneider J, Kifer K, eds. Signing at Sunday School. Garlic Press; 1999.

  6. Stoner MJ, Jordan J. Signs of Faith: Bible Verses for Preteens and Youth. Abingdon Press; 2001.

  7. American Sign Language: Hymns for Signing. Abingdon Press; 1995.

  8. Costello E. Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths. Rev. & updated. Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks; 2009.

  9. Tyree DR, ed. With Heart and Hands and Voices: Songs with Sign Language for Sunday School, Choir, and Worship. Abingdon Press; 2000.

  10. Blake J, Catholic Church, Catholic Church, Catholic Church. Signing the Scriptures: A Starting Point for Interpreting the Sunday Readings for the Deaf. Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications; 2003.

By Jamie Berke
 Jamie Berke is a deafness and hard of hearing expert.