OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY INTENDED TO SERVE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
This brochure is an introduction to the deaf community. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafened are telling us who they are and what they need for full access.
Let us open our hearts to their hope for meaningful worship experiences and for support in their faith journeys.
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You need to know: each individual’s preferred methods of communication.
- Make sure you have the attention of the deaf person before you speak and make eye contact. If speaking with someone who can read lips, speak slowly and clearly without raising your voice.
- Do not place your hands in front of your face and lips when talking.
- If the person is deaf, use paper and pen to write a simple message or use sign language even if you know a little. During the social gatherings, introduce deaf members to your friends with the aid of a sign language interpreter.
Your church may have members with different levels of hearing loss. Take the opportunity to find out what they require and make sure their church home is accessible. Full accessibility is not always easy, but there are many options to make our congregations or groups accessible depending on the needs of our members.
Through Deaf Ministries we offer a monthly adult Bible class to reflect on Scripture. Other activities include youth group potluck, BBQ events and movie night. Inter-Denominational Church services are held at Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving for the deaf community, their families and friends. Services are in Sign Language and are interpreted in voice for friends and relatives. They are held at various churches with representatives from all denominations participating. Regular Church services that are interpreted include First United Church on Park Ave, Mount Pearl, The Salvation Army Citadel on Adam’s Ave, St. Teresa’s Catholic Church on Mundy Pond Road and St. Thomas’ Anglican Church on Kings Bridge Road, St. John’s. Please contact these churches or the Pentecostal Assemblies of NL for times, etc. The Deaf Community and Churches support this Ministry; our deaf community deserves the values of experiencing God’s Love. Everyone is welcome. Send us your email address for upcoming event and newsletter.
-Use an over head projector for hymns (seniors in congregations will also appreciate this support)
-Provide skilled sign language interpreters and keep the front seats available for participants to see the interpreter better; the interpreter should also be clearly visible.
-Learn sign language and set up sign language classes for members of your church or group.
- Have sermons or talks printed and available for deaf members to read
- Offer a separate deaf worship service or forum.
- Provide a Deaf Bible; the Canadian Bible Society on Elizabeth Ave offers free copies of the Bible for the deaf.
- To raise awareness of deaf culture with ministry
- To commit ourselves to listen to the deaf community and hard of hearing.
- To ensure deaf church members are involved with activities and with other church members.
Links that may be of interest:
Sign Language Dictionary:
Anglican Diocesan Centre
19 King Bridge Road
St. John’s, NL
Nancy Emberley, Deaf Coordinator:
Deaf Ministries is funded by:
The Anglican Church of Newfoundland
The Pentecostal Assemblies of NL
The Roman Catholic Dioceses of NL
The Salvation Army of NL
The United Church of NL