american sign language (ASL) at FBC

First Baptist offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation during most of our Sunday Worship Services! If you are in need of ASL interpretation, please let us know in advance by calling the church office at (978) 374-7491 during regular hours.


If you are a proficient ASL interpreter and would like to join our ASL Interpretation team, please contact the church office for more information!


First Baptist Church offers a series of multi-week classes in learning to speak American Sign Language (ASL). The classes generally run for 6 or 8 weeks, they meet once per week for about 30 minutes, and they are differentiated by level of progression (Level 1 for Beginners, Level 2 for Intermediate, Level 3 for Advanced, and so on). There is no cost for these courses, and they are open to the public so all are welcome to attend! They are taught by Madeline Olio-Ruano, a Deaf member at FBC who is not only fluent in ASL but is also an educator by training and a certified instructor!


Please see below for class descriptions and schedules current ASL classes. You can also access the FBC calendar to get specific dates and times!

ASL Class SCHEDULE

  • ASL FOR BEGINNERS (LEVEL 1) CLASS

    WHEN: Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (Before Service)

    DURATION: 8 Weeks (Begins Sept 29, 2019, ends Nov 17, 2019)

    WHERE: First Baptist Church - Library Classroom


    For those who are just starting to learn ASL, this class introduces basic conversational vocabulary and fundamental concepts.

  • ASL INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2) CLASS

    WHEN: Sunday mornings from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Before Service)

    DURATION: 6 Weeks (Begins Sept 29, 2019, ends Nov 3, 2019)

    WHERE: First Baptist Church - Library Classroom  


    Building on the foundations of the Level 1 class, the Level 2 class introduces additional vocabulary, sentence structure, and expanded fundamental concepts.

  • ASL ADVANCED (LEVEL 3/4) CLASS

    WHEN: Sunday mornings from 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM (Right Before Service)

    DURATION: 8 Weeks (Begins Sept 29, 2019, ends Nov 17, 2019)

    WHERE: First Baptist Church - Library Classroom   


    Building on the foundations of the Level 2 class, the Level 3/4 combined class introduces additional vocabulary and sign language concepts.

  • ASL ADVANCED (LEVEL 5/6) CLASS

    WHEN: Sunday afternoons from 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM (Right After Service).

    DURATION: 8 Weeks (Begins Sept 29, 2019, ends Nov 17, 2019)

    WHERE: First Baptist Church - Library Classroom    


    Building on the foundations of the Level 3/4 class, the Level 5/6 class introduces additional vocabulary and sign language concepts.