A Winnipeg church is offering a free starter class for people looking to learn sign language.

"We have the amazing opportunity for our friend Lionel, a member of our church and part of the deaf community, to volunteer his time this Friday to teach an introductory course (for American Sign Language ASL)," says Emily Plett, the Director of Community Outreach at Anchor Point Church. 

The course is open to anyone and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 at Anchor Point Church located at 1400 Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg. 

"We think it would be great if we as a church community could communicate and have a conversation without just waving or typing it out on our phones. We see the joy on his face and we see the value that he is to us and we want to be able to ask him how he is doing without having an interpreter there. We know it would be a value to so many people."


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Every Friday evening Anchor Point offers a prayer night from 4-9 p.m. They've started offering courses in something they call the Training Grounds and this ASL course is part of it. 

"(Learning ASL) opens up opportunities for us to have conversations and step into their shoes for a bit. We take our language and hearing for granted all the time. To communicate with people is so special and we want to learn to do that in a way that is respectful and brings glory to God."