LearnSigns.com Lesson 12: Church Signs


Hello! Welcome to LearnSigns.com lesson number 12. In this lesson we are going to talk about
church signs. Church signs. These are words that you would use in church. Now, some church words are used differently
in different types of churches. Depending on the denomination or the type
of church. And, so what I am going to teach you is what
we use in our churches. But this is not necessarily the way it is
done in every church. And, even among—I am a baptist—even among
Baptist churches, the signs can be different from one church to another. So, these are not…most of these are absolute. There is a way to do them. But there are some of these signs, and I will
show you that, that very even among people that I know and
then into other churches. So just be aware of that and be careful when
you are doing signs in church or when you are talking about church-type
words. Just be aware that there are different ways
to do it. And it’s OK to learn another way to do it. That is perfectly fine. The way I am teaching you is the way I do
it and the way the folks I hang around do sign language. But you may be learning signs from a different
region and the Deaf will do it a different way. That is perfectly fine. Learn from them. What I want to give you is the basics to be
able to communicate, but certainly you can learn much more vocabulary
by just interacting with your friends. Alright? So let’s get into this. As we start talking about these first few
words we have the word GOD and JESUS and CHRIST. These signs, while they don’t mean anything
to you right now, they are just hand gestures, they do mean
something to us. So…like you would respect the name of God
in spoken English, you should do so in sign language as well. So you doing God’s name in an irreverent
or flippant way in sign language can be offensive to people. Even though to you it is just a hand shape
or hand movement. So be aware of that whenever you do these
signs. GOD GOD GOD – I do it where I take my B-hand is
out here in front and it kind of comes back towards me and down. Sometimes you will see it done where it comes
from the side and comes down. That’s fine. But the idea is that GOD comes down to us. GOD JESUS JESUS – You are going to use your sensitive
fingers. So you take your 5s and you bend your middle
fingers in and you are going to touch the palms of your hands. JESUS JESUS – show the nail prints in the
hands. CHRIST CHRIST – This is the letter C, and if you
are right handed you are going to place it on your left shoulder. And then you come down to your left hip. CHRIST And this is based on the word KING. You do the same thing with the letter K. Right-handed put your K on your left shoulder
and then bring it down to your right hip. If you are left-handed your KING starts on
your right shoulder, your opposite shoulder, and then down to your left hip: the same side. Now the word CHRIST is with the letter C. HOLY SPIRIT HOLY SPIRIT – This is the word HOLY, and this is one of those you will see done
a couple of different ways. I do a little circle and then CLEAN. Or you will see it as the H drawn across the
palette, like you are doing 1 WEEK or 2 WEEKS. So this is HOLY or HOLY (like CLEAN). And then SPIRIT. SPIRIT is the numbers 5-8 on both hands. SPIRIT HOLY SPIRIT HOLY SPIRIT BIBLE – This is JESUS’ BOOK. JESUS’ BOOK. JESUS BOOK is BIBLE. CHURCH CHURCH – Take your letter C and you’re
going to put it on the rock. “On this rock I will build my church.” CHURCH is the C on the rock. SIN SIN – I don’t really have an explanation
for this sign. I don’t understand why we do it this way,
but we do. It is the letters X, so you have both of your
Xes. You are going to start right here at your
chin and it comes back slightly. Back and then goes out in a circle. SIN – And you do this once or twice for
the word SIN SIN GRACE GRACE – There are many different ways to
do the sign for GRACE. Here are the two that I use. Take the cup and put it over your heart. And then the letter G you are going to pull
it out and kind of splash it back. GRACE GRACE Another way I do GRACE is, it is the letter
G again. You are going to draw a small sun and then
splash it onto yourself. GRACE GRACE – God’s GRACE is given to
us. GRACE MERCY MERCY – This is your sensitives fingers. You are going to touch your chest like at
your heart area. You rub down and then you come out and you
spread the MERCY on the other person. MERCY – Again your sensitive fingers. You touch your chest at your heart area and
then you put the MERCY out there. This is also the word to PITY. To PITY someone. It can be used sarcastically, “Aww, you
POOR BABY.” POOR BABY. MERCY. HEAVEN HEAVEN HEAVEN – You will see this done many different
ways as well, but the idea is that you kinda build up to
something up there higher. Then you put a roof on it. Or, sometimes you will just see it straight
across. The way I do it is that I have my horizon. I am going to go beyond the horizon and build
a house. HEAVEN HEAVEN HELL – Now this is the word HELL as in the
place, not the curse word HELL. I am not going to teach you that one. Alright. HELL. You can do it a couple of different ways. One is to do red and then fire. HELL Or, the other is to point down forcibly, point
down forcibly and then do fire. HELL Again this is the place. PUNISH PUNISH – You take your fist here and the
idea is you’ve got a person, got his legs sticking out there, being held
by the neck and you are beating him. PUNISH PUNISH You take and whack the person. The little person’s legs hanging out and
you whack him. It is just this right here PUNISH. PUNISH REPENT REPENT – I haven’t taught you the word
yet for CHANGE, but CHANGE is the X. X on both hands, and you are going to put
the base of your palms together. Right there at the wrist. One palm facing you and the other palm facing
away from you. Now you rotate your palms around so that the one that was facing away from
you is now facing you and vice versa. CHANGE. That is with the X. CHANGE. Now there are several different meanings for
the word CHANGE. We will deal with that later. This is the word CHANGE. Now, if you do it with the Rs that is the
word REPENT. To CHANGE your mind or CHANGE your ways. Alright. So these are church words. Let me go through them again for you. GOD JESUS CHRIST HOLY SPIRIT BIBLE CHURCH SIN GRACE or GRACE MERCY HEAVEN HELL or HELL PUNISH REPENT REPENT Alright. Now these are words related to what we talk
about church often. I will do a video later of words that are
religious words. Different religions, different denominations. So I will give you a video on just those types
of words as well. There are many words that seem to be very
focused to church ministry, to worship and those kinds of things. We may do several videos that are specific
to that. But here are your basic church words that
you will want to know. You can find information about these words
at LearnSigns.com/12. This is lesson 12, so you do LearnSigns.com/12. If you want to watch the videos with the captioning
on them, I have the closed captioning on the YouTube
version of the videos which is embedded at the website at LearnSigns.com. So if you are having trouble, if you are hard
of hearing and learning signs and having trouble reading my lips. Then you can get the captions at YouTube or
at LearnSigns.com in the video that is embedded there. Thank you for watching. I look forward to having you in the next lesson.

7 thoughts on “LearnSigns.com Lesson 12: Church Signs”

  1. When I think of the sign for "sin" I think of it as hooks that grab hold of you. It might not mean that but it helps me remember the sign

  2. Sorry but you didn't sign '12' correctly. You signed 'Church' with improper hand movement. Also, please don't simcom in doing so you use improper ASL Grammar. English grammar and ASL Grammar are different. Don't speak and sign at the same time; SIMCOM.

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