Chaplaincy among Deaf and Deafblind people
The Church of England believes that Deaf and Deafblind people have an equal right to access the life and worship of their local parish and Diocese. The Chaplaincy exists to enable people who are Deaf or Deafblind to play a full part in the life of the Church, at every level. Since November 2020 the Deaf Chaplain post in the Diocese of London has been vacant.
Deaf chaplaincy website
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The Deaf Church in London
The Deaf Church meets regularly for worship, fellowship and pastoral support, all in British Sign Language.
In West London, Willesden Area
Acton Vale Community Centre, off Beech Avenue, Acton, London W3 7JZ on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11.30am.
The Crown Centre at The Pavilion, Kingston Playing Field, Chestnut Avenue, Yiewsley, West Drayton UB7 8BT on the first and third Sundays of the month at 3pm.
In East London, Stepney Area
At present there are no BSL services held in the East London area.
In North London, Edmonton Area
At Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield Town EN2 6TG on the second Sunday of the month at 2.30pm
In the South of the Diocese, Kensington Area
At present there are no BSL services in this area.
There are some parish churches that provide a BSL interpreter so Deaf BSL users can be part of mainstream congregations. The locations and times of these services can be found on the Deaf Church website and newsletter.
Here are some written guidance notes on how to communicate with Deaf people. The Signs of God organisation also has briefing papers to aid ministers when conducting the Occasional Offices.