Ministry among Deaf People
Many people who are born deaf, or became deaf at any early age before they had learned language, use British Sign Language as their first language. Many struggle to read and write in English. For that reason they find it difficult to take part in an ordinary church service. Also music plays a very important part in most liturgies and this too excludes Deaf people. It is, therefore, important that arrangements are made for Deaf people to have access to worship which is appropriate to their needs.
Regular British Sign Language services are held in Luton and St Albans as well as other individually arranged services, including house groups and provision for deafblind people.
“I also lead occasional services in Sign Language, Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals, or work alongside other clergy on these occasions.”
If you require any help or advice about provision for Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, please contact the office: Chaplain among Deaf People