Staffordshire, UK  01785 214750

Welcome to Open Hands Signing Church! We are a British Sign Language (BSL) church community. We’re part of Rising Brook, a family of churches across Staffordshire, who together seek to demonstrate our faith through loving one another, our communities and beyond.

Join us on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:30am at Rising Brook Community Library.

2019: 13 January, 10 February, 10 March, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December


Rising Brook Community Library
Merry Road
ST17 9LX

What to Expect

We are an informal and friendly church family. You don’t need to dress up or know anything special, just come as you are. Our services last for about 90 minutes and have a mix of worship songs, notices, prayer and a talk. We have programmes for children and young people, and we stick around to chat over free tea and coffee afterwards.

Deaf Cafe

Deaf Cafe is open to all, communication is through BSL and there is a voice over. We sign songs, prayers, drama and share together. We have trips out and enjoy fellowship together. It’s a great opportunity for hearing people to learn basic signing.

Tea and coffee available, usually the first & third Mondays of the month. Contact Susan Myatt on for further details and dates. Everyone is welcome.


BSL Bible Study Group

Join us at our bible study in BSL. We look through the Gospel of Mark, including fellowship, prayer & drama. Fridays.

Kids & Youth

We’re passionate about seeing children and young people explore their own faith. We like to have fun, hang out, play games and learn about living life in all of its fullness. If you come along and join us, we’ll be able to tell you more about all of the other activities for children, youth and families that we get up to. There are groups from ages 1-14 at Rising Brook Community Church over the road.

BSL Allotments

Would you like to be part of gardening group & make friends? All men are welcome. 4th Monday 10am – 1pm meeting at Rising Brook Community Church.

BSL Craft Group

Ladies BSL craft group in BSL. All ladies welcome to join in.

3rd Mondays at Rising Brook Community Church

10:30am – 1:30pm

2019: 21st Jan, 18th Feb, 18th Mar, 15th April, 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 16th Sept, 21st Oct, 18th Nov, 16th Dec

Learn British Sign Language

Would you like to learn British Sign Language? This course is for little or no experience of sign language.  Open to both deaf and hearing with the aim to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in BSL.

We have 2 courses for Signature Level 1 BSL starting in September 2019 and running until July 2020 (term-time only). The cost of the course (in either venue) is £380 (which is fully inclusive of the registration fees and 3 assessment fees payable to Signature).

Venue option 1: Rising Brook Community Church, Burton Square, Stafford, ST17 9LT starts on 17th September 2019 and runs for 30 weeks (will follow school terms so will have breaks at half terms and Easter etc).

Venue option 2: Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell, Newcastle under Lyme starts on the 19th September 2019 for the same duration. Payment for the course can be made either in a one off sum or by setting up a direct debit to spread the payments out.

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