This page signposts to things which may be useful for churches in areas where people speak different languages, particularly Persian/Farsi. This list is not exhaustive, and inclusion is not an endorsement of a particular organisation or perspective. We offer a range of options, so choose what is appropriate in your setting.
Holy Communion Order 1 has been translated into Persian/Farsi and approved by the House of Bishops. You can download this either as a PDF or Word document here or from the 'worship texts and resources' section of this website alongside Holy Communion in French.
Using Farsi script on a computer requires special software. Attempting to copy and paste sections into another document often results in the Farsi text becoming scrambled. If you are putting together an order of service and don’t have a Farsi speaker to help, consider printing the whole document and highlighting the relevant section.
A number of Anglican churches also have their own unofficial translations of liturgical resources in Farsi. These include a dual-language order of service for Baptism and Confirmation within Holy Communion, available as a PDF or as a Word document. Stockton Parish Church have produced an order of service for baptisms, while Liverpool Cathedral’s Sepas congregation have produced an order of service for a Eucharist using Prayer G, and a confirmation service. These are reproduced here with permission so other churches can use of them, until more official translations are available.
The Persian Anglican Churches website also hosts a range of dual language liturgy in Farsi and English including Eucharistic prayers, and material for 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 English worship songs have been translated into Farsi for use in churches. These are available in transliterated form, so you don’t need to be able to read Farsi script 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 help using these resources in your church, or more information about dual language sung worship, contact Jonathan Beatham who has been involved in this project.
Persian Anglican Churches also provides lyric sheets and Powerpoint slides for songs in Farsi (both in Farsi script and transliterated) and English.
The Alpha Course is available in 21 languages, with more in production. See the complete list here.
The Christianity Explored course is available in a range of other languages, some dubbed and others with subtitles – check out their translations page for more details.
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.
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.
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.
Various courses can be purchased from The Good Book Company - their translations page allows you to search by a particular language.
There are various apps and websites for reading and hearing the bible in different versions. The Youversion app is a good option.
Kitab sell bibles, books and DVDs in over 35 languages, and you can search the shop by topic then filter by language.
Elam Ministries are focussed on the Iranian Church as well the diaspora. Their website has links to lots of resources and they provide free New Testament to any church who asks. Their Youtube channel is a good source of testimonies and Persian worship music.
SAT-7 broadcasts programmes in Arabic, Turkish and Farsi to people in the Middle East, and some of their programmes are available on Youtube.
Arab World Media has a page of links to Christian articles in Arabic on a range of topics.