Worship for All is a free online automated transcription service from Torch Trust to enable Christian churches and Christian organisations to provide large print and braille resources for people with sight loss.
It is part of Torch’s Foursight for the Church initiative which seeks to enable churches to be more inclusive of people with sight loss.
Click here to register (or log in) to use Worship for All. By registering for the service you will be asked to confirm your eligibility and agree to restrict use to a non-commercial basis.
For a detailed set of instructions, please read the Worship for All Instruction Manual.
What difference will it make?
What can be more excluding for a person with sight loss than when everyone else in church is singing but they can't? With more and more churches using projectors and screens the problem is getting worse. There's now a vast choice and new songs are quickly adopted.
So, how can blind and partially sighted people participate more fully in worship? This is where Torch's Worship for All facility fits. Hymns and songs, liturgies and other church handouts can be converted to large print - and made ready for braille.
Asked how it impacts his experience of church, braille reader Colin says, 'It transforms it - I can join in all the worship. I really feel part of it'.
Becks, thrilled with the results, said, 'It was great to have the braille and be able to follow the service along with everyone else ... It's lovely to be able to join in with the service rather than just listen ... Being able to join in means I feel like I'm taking part, rather than just being there.'
How can I use 'Worship for All'?
The service is suitable for worship songs, Bible readings, church notices, magazines - pretty much any document or text-based projector content, so that church activities are as accessible for people with sight loss as for sighted people.
The service will provide output in PDF format in a range of large print sizes, automatically paginated and indexed, as well as a braille-ready (.brf) file for printing on a braille embosser.
This service has already be used successfully at Spring Harvest and Keswick Convention to produce handouts on-site each day. These handouts have enabled blind and partially sighted people - and others who were unable to see the screens (including wheelchair users whose sightlines are obstructed by others standing) - to join in with the worship.
Torch's on-line service takes input from SongPro, Media Shout, OpenLP and from Word documents. Torch has also developed output transforms for Visual Liturgy - allowing Common Worship liturgies to be processed too.