P&E frequently receive requests for advice on material in other languages. While there are a wealth of resources available, these are not always easy to find so this page aims to signpost to a selection of options which may be useful for those ministering in diverse contexts. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. We cannot take responsibility for the contents of external websites, and listing a resource here is not intended as a formal endorsement of a particular organisation or perspective – we aim to offer a range of options so that users can identify what might be useful and appropriate in their setting.
Services – Liturgy and Music
The only languages besides English for which translations of sections of the Church of England’s Common Worship have been approved by the House of Bishops are French and Mandarin.We hope in due course that approved material in Farsi will be available in the future.
For now, a number of Anglican churches have their own unofficial translations of liturgical resources in Farsi. Stockton Parish Church have produced an order of service for baptisms, while Liverpool Cathedral’s Sephas congregation have produced an order of service for a Eucharist using Prayer G, and a confirmation service. These are reproduced here with permission so that other church might make use of them, until such a time as official translations become available.
The Persian Anglican Churches website also hosts a range of dual language liturgy in Farsi and English including eucharistic prayers, weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The Persian Anglican Ministry website has links to a confession, creed and the Lord's Prayer, though these are in Farsi only.
Some work has been done to translate English worship songs into Farsi for use in churches, as well as translating Farsi songs into English. These are available in transliterated form, so you don’t need to be able to read Farsi to sing them! Words, music and Powerpoint slides for a range of songs can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/persiansongs and more are being added all the time. For support in using these resources in your church, for more information about dual language sung worship, contact Jonathan Beatham who has been involved in this project – firstname.lastname@example.org. Persian Anglican Churches also provides lyric sheets and Powerpoint slides for songs in Farsi (both in Farsi script and transliterated) and English.
Evangelism and Discipleship
The Alpha Course is available in 111 languages – see here http://www.alpharesources.org/other-languages.aspx and here https://shop.alpha.org/catalogue?product_ministry_tid=6
The Christianity Explored course is available in a range of other languages, some dubbed and others with subtitles – these include Arabic, Hindi, Farsi, Chinese plus various European languages. All are sold through the following website - https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/
Come Follow Me is a discipleship course specifically designed for new believers of Muslim background, and is available in English, Arabic, Bengali and Dari, with other including Pashtu, Urdu and Farsi in translation. http://www.come-follow-me.org/
Persian Anglican Churches has a baptism course with videos in Farsi and English presented by Rev Mohammed Eghtedarian, when he was curate at Liverpool Cathedral. http://paconline.me/en/baptism-course/
The Jesus Film Project make video resources available in hundreds of languages. As well as the original Jesus film, there are a range of other films as well as an app to play them from - http://www.jesusfilm.org/
Al Massira is a course tailored to people from the Middle East and North Africa, and is available in Arabic and English plus other languages. To run it a training course is required, which includes the resource pack – find out more at http://almassira.org/
There are various bible apps and websites for reading the bible in different versions, such as bible.com https://www.bible.com/en-GB which has a range of languages and audio versions.
Kitab sell bibles, books and DVDs in over 35 languages, and you can search the shop by topic then filter by language - https://kitab.org.uk/
Elam Ministries are focussed on the Iranian Church as well the diaspora. Their website has lots of resources - https://www.elam.com/page/bibles-and-resources. See also the ‘Time for Worship’ series on Youtube which is half hour programmes of sung worship and bible readings in Farsi. https://youtu.be/HMPtFypnR_c
SAT-7 broadcasts programmes in Arabic, Turkish and Farsi to people in the Middle East, and some of their programmes are available on Youtube - http://sat7.org/
Arab World Media has a page of links to resources in Arabic on a range of topics - http://www.arabworldmedia.org/make-a-difference/friends/