Deaf Ministries

D.E.A.F. | Deaf Everywhere Are Family


    For All Bible Studies...

    • We meet at a local church and study the Bible in ASL (voice interpretation available if hearing people want to join).

    • We have Bible study & enjoy DEAF fellowship.

    • There will be a potluck lunch, so please bring food to share. 

    • All are welcome to our DEAF meetings, and we look forward to seeing you there!  

    • Please note: Schedule may be subject to change.


    July 13th - Hudson SDA Church

    Time: @10:45 am
    Where: Hudson SDA Church
    Address: 94 Marlboro Street, Hudson,  MA


    September 14 - Danbury SDA Church - 67 Turkey Plain Rd, Bethel, CT

    October 19 - College SDA Church - 337 Main St, South Lancaster, MA

    November 2 - Lowell All Nations SDA Church - 20 Meadowcroft St, Lowell, MA

    December 7 - Johnston SDA Church - 2693 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI


    June 21-29th SNEC Camp Meeting (interpreted in ASL) – South Lancaster, MA


    Join us for inspiring presenters and informative workshops to help you learn more about Jesus and the Bible. Grow closer to Jesus and to fellow believers. All Main Meetings interpreted into ASL. (Other meetings interpreter available upon request). Stay in touch for more details.

    Where: Southern New England Conference Campgrounds (Address: 34 Sawyer Street, South Lancaster, MA)  

    DEAF Camp 2019: August 21-25th



    Featuring Margie English and Pastor Paul Kelly and located at Timothy Hill Christian Camp in Huntington, MA. This camp has Meetings, Bible Study, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle boarding, Swimming, Archery, Crafts, and more.
    All meetings in ASL and voice interpreted. Stay in touch for more details.

    When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, -Sunday, Aug 25, 2019

    Where: Timothy Hill Christian Camp in Huntington, MA

    Address: 128 Norwich Lake, Huntington, MA

    Cost: $175 (includes all lodging, food and activities) 

    Registration Deadline: August 1st 

    Contact Info.:  VP: 617-934-1371  Voice/Text: 508-838-5391


    For more information or to join us for these events, please contact: Jessica McGowan Smith.  Email: Video Phone: 866-970-1689 Text/Voice: 508-838-5391


    Rhode Island Prayer Meeting Interpreting Workshop

    Sponsored by New England Deaf & Hard of Hearing Ministry


    Topic:  Life Lines, Staying Afloat while Navigating Frozen Text in Christian Settings  

    This workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to see renditions of frozen text (text that does not change) that is commonly used in Christian settings, including prayers, songs, scripture passages, creeds and vocabulary that is not generally used in secular settings. Attendees will also have the chance to work on their own text analysis and come up with a rendition of their own and share their interpretation with the group. This will be a very practical session to help you develop your ability to interpret more successfully in Christian settings.


    This workshop will be in spoken English. Anyone requiring ASL interpretation should make their request by March 1st

    Date:  Saturday, April 6th, 2019

    When:  9am-4:30pm

    Where:  Trinity Baptist Church, Nashua, NH (Address: 33 Lund Road, Nashua, NH

    Who:  A panel of illustrious interpreters, including Anna Gauthier, M.E.D., NIC; Ed, K-12; Shauna Jehle, NIC; Vivian Marcano; Frank Rich 

    Cost: $50.00, if prior to deadline postmarked March 15, 2019 - $60.00 after deadline or at the door


    PayPal users can pay by logging in to, please make sure you indicate that your payment is for this workshop. PayPal users must pay an additional $2 ($52.00 before deadline - $62.00 after deadline).

    CEUs: This workshop has been approved for .65 CEU’s, free of charge for NH RID members. All others seeking CEU’-s will be charged $10.00  

    Level: Little to no knowledge required
    Ideal for Faith Based interpreters, ITP students & grads or any professional interpreter who just wants to learn more about how to interpret frozen text in a Christian setting. 

    Meals: A light breakfast will be served, but you will be responsible for your own lunch. There are a few restaurants close by and one we often use that delivers.  
    Questions?  Contact Anne Freeman, NIC (617) 447-5477 , or email:



    2019 New England Deaf Retreat (NEDR)

    "Jesus Wept" featuring Pastor Jon Hayhow  


    When: Friday, May 31, -Sunday, June 2, 2019

    Where: Monadnock Bible Conference Center

    Address: 257 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452

    Cost: $135 for Weekend  / $75 for Saturday only 

    Registration Deadline: May 10th 

    Hosted By: Hands of Grace Church

    Contact Info.:  Pastor Gary Palmer - Email Address:

    VP: 802-858-2195

    17th Annual Deaf Christian Women's Ministry Retreat  


    The 17th Annual Deaf Christian Women's Ministry Retreat is open to any Deaf ladies, CODA, Interpreters, anyone who knows sign language. Join us for spiritual food and fellowship.

    When: September 22-26, 2019 … $270.00

    Where: Camp Tilikum

    Address: 15321 NE North Valley Road, Newberg, Oregon 97132

    One hour drive from Portland airport (PDX)

    Questions? Email Bunny Hovey, Coordinator at or text 541-905-0995.


    ASL Beginners Classes

    ASL beginner classes will begin in September.  Deaf instructors, Joelle Cator and 

    Sandra Bass will be running the classes.  

    The classes will held at:  12th Baptist Church, 160 Warren St., Roxbury. 

    For info about registration form and cost for the classes, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER:

    Sis. Joelle -

    Sis. Sandra -





    Annual DEAF Weekend 2019

    "God Gives Us Grace to Have Courage"
    Featuring Francisca Trexler
    April 26-28th

    Join us for our Annual DEAF weekend at the Johnston RI SDA Church. address: 2693 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI SDA Church (Address: 2693 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI)
     Download flyer here for more info



    The schedule of meetings is: 

    Friday, April 26th
    · 6:30pm - Welcome & Introductions, Meeting, Light Supper, Short Presentation


    Saturday, April 27th

    ·  10:00am - DEAF Bible Study 

    ·  11:00am - Worship Service 

    ·  12:30pm - Group Photo

    ·  1:00pm  - Potluck Lunch    

    ·  3:30pm - Afternoon Meeting 

    ·  5:30pm - Light Supper 

    ·  7:00pm - Fun and Games

    Sunday, April 28th - 10:00am - Short Devotional, Goodbye Brunch 

    All meetings are in ASL and will be voice interpreted.


    Limited Housing Available (Please RSVP):

    If you want to stay for the entire weekend and you need a place to stay, please contact me as soon as possible and we can make arrangements (with local members who have guest rooms).


    For More Information and to RSVP Promptly: 

    Please help us and RSVP so we can get a head count of how many people to plan for. 


    Please rsvp ASAP to: 617-934-1371 (videophone) or 508-838-5391 (text/hearing) or email



    Rhode Island Prayer Meeting


    Where: Alpha Omega Deaf Church

    Address:13 Vandewater St., Providence, Rhode Island 02908  

    When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 10:30am-12:30pm

    Led by Rev. Seth Sobral in ASL

    Sponsored by New England Deaf & Hard of Hearing Ministry 

    Questions? Contact Anne Freeman, coordinator at (617) 447-5477 or


    Download our "2018 Year In Review"



    10 Days of Prayer January 9-19, 2019


    Saturday, January 19th at 11:30am

    Pastor David Trexler will give a sermon in ASL on livestream about "A Deeper Experience" 

    On the final Sabbath (January 19th) there will be a livestream sermon in ASL by Pastor David Trexler on "A Deeper Experience." Let us all join together to watch at 11:30 am (Eastern Time). 

    Watch the final Livestream Sermon in ASL here at this link: 

    Each day's theme for 10 Days of Prayer 2019:

    DAY 1 To Know and Believe

    DAY 2 From the Inside Out  

    DAY 3 The Greatest Battle

    DAY 4 The Value of Surrender

    DAY 5 The Privilege of Partnership

    DAY 6 The Gift of Repentance

    DAY 7 The Glory of the Purpose

    DAY 8 Through the Valley 

    DAY 9 A Strength Greater than Doubt

    DAY 10 Let Go of the Thorns 


    Easy English study guides for the 10 Days of Prayer (created especially for Deaf and English as a second language people) are available on this page in our RESOURCES section.


    Jessica McGowan-Smith

    Deaf Ministries Coordinator


    All are welcome to our DEAF meetings and events. Please post our DEAF schedule and invite your friends. We hope to see you soon!  For more information or to join us for these events, please email: or call: 866-970-1689 (VP) / 508-838-5391 (text/voice)