DOORS OPEN TO ALL …
Deaf and Hard of Hearing are able to participate in Worship.
As part of the Inviting All Ministry, Epworth is proud to have several members of the Deaf Community along with many who are hard of hearing as active members of our church family. Each Sunday we celebrate our 9:15 Contemporary Worship Service with a certified American Sign Language interpreter. Additionally, other Worship Services and events are ASL interpreted throughout the church year. The 9:15 Service also is recorded for the deaf community to view online, this ministry provides a video with the ASL interpreter as the focal point.
Part of what someone who is deaf or hard of hearing will experience at Epworth are enhancements to our sound system.
- Someone who is hard of hearing may use one of our personal listening devices with head phones. Our receivers also work with a Hearing Loop with a 1/8″ plug.
- Members who are deaf may sit in a special section of seats that vibrate with the beat and sound of the music – they feel the bass-end beat.
We are also bless to have a member of our Praise Team who sings, by signing, with the vocalists. He is singing in American Sign Language. He also reads Scripture with the assistance of the interpreter who speaks the words that he says with his hands. Below is a video of David reading Scripture.
The photo montague is a collection of photos from our Deaf Community in Worship and in Deaf Bible Study.
To find out more about our Deaf Ministry you may e-mail Lynn Kohler and introduce yourself.
As a Methodist Church our Connectional Ministry allows us access to The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries. The Committee strives to help make The United Methodist Churches inclusive with regard to gender, ethnicity, jurisdiction, and different sign language and hearing abilities.
Carol Stevens, one of Epworth’s intrepreters sits on the Committee.
Thc Committee has resouces for Devotions, Newsletters and connections with other United Methodist Churches who are working to provide services for people in the deaf and hard of hearing commnity.
To find our more about the Committee, CLICK HERE