It started sixteen years ago when the mother of a blind 15-year-old felt her son would have more interest in attending Sunday church services if he had a braille version of the bulletin. Using braille, he could join in the recitation of printed prayers and responses, follow along with the Scripture reading, and sing the words of the hymns with the rest of the congregation.
Thus was born a new ministry for the University Presbyterian Church (UPC) which, although small in numbers of people who use the braille bulletins, renders immeasurable benefits.
I have brailled the Sunday bulletins for all of these sixteen years, and still I feel a joyful anticipation every Wednesday when the text for the morning and evening services arrives in my email box. It is a joyous interlude to the work of the day, and I find myself humming the tunes of the hymns as I braille the words.
In addition to the regular Sunday services, the church provides braille bulletins for special services such as Easter and Christmas.
UPC also ministers to those who are hearing impaired by providing signing for its morning and evening services.
University Presbyterian Church, a Christ-centered church founded in 1908, has more than 4500 members. Located in the heart of Seattle’s University District, UPC makes the big church welcoming through small groups and community ministries.
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