Deaf community

Cambridge Deaf Church has a long history. In 1912 George Mackenzie, who was himself deaf, met with the Bishop of Ely to discuss a place for people with hearing impairments to meet.

On 16th June 1927, Hope Hall in Cambridge was opened with funds from Ely Diocese. Nearly ninety years on, people are still blessed to be meeting there.

Cambridge Deaf church is a place to worship God, study the Bible and explore issues relating to life and faith, all in British Sign Language (BSL).

BSL is the first language of an estimated 90,000 deaf people in the UK and we feel it is very important to provide the opportunity to hear and respond to the Word of God in BSL.

The church is made up of Christians who use BSL as their first language and hearing Christians who use BSL to communicate with family and friends.

All BSL users and learners throughout Cambridgeshire are very welcome! deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and hearing.....those who are Christians and those who are just curious.

The aim is to provide a place of friendship, acceptance and support in which to discover more of God's amazing love for each of us.

  • Every Sunday there is a church service that is signed somewhere in the Diocese, usually once a month in Cambridge, Hemingford Grey, Soham, Godmanchester and March.
  • Twice a month, there are Small Group Bible studies. One is held in Cambridge
  • ( 11am) and one in Huntingdon (7.30pm)
  • Four times a year, there is the BSL Church. Sometimes traditional and sometimes Cafe style. It is usually run around themes such as Easter, Pentecost, Harvest and Christmas.
  • Trips and social events include meeting those from Deaf Churches in other parts of the UK.

More Information

Please visit their Facebook page here or contact Jan Smith by email or text 07593 633 774.