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Interpreting worship at Central UMC
By Heather Bell
Friday April 06, 2007
When a new parishioner joined Central United Methodist Church several months ago, Pastor Ric Wright said he and the church welcomed the family with open arms and looked forward to worshipping with them.
Dorie Kincaid got involved in CUMC and wanted to attend with her family, but the services were not reaching her son, Aaron, as well as they could since Aaron is hearing impaired.
Connie Pierett, who is nearing completion of her work to be certified as an American Sign Language interpreter for the deaf and certified in educational interpreting, said is was her desire to interpret worship services for the hearing impaired that led her down the path to become an interpreter in the first place.
And it was what Wright describes as “a small miracle” that brought the two together.
Wright said the church wanted to help Aaron be able to participate more in worship, but wasn’t sure if they could afford to hire someone to sign for him.
“We didn’t really have the resources to minister to him and we really wanted to be ale to do that,” he said. “He came to Vacation Bible School and we knew we needed to do something, so we starting searching for someone and praying about it.” Continue