Making worship more accessible - Sign the Cross Deaf Church

The East Anglia District has celebrated the inaugural service of the ‘Sign the Cross Deaf Church’, which prioritises British Sign Language and a new style of worship promoting what is shown, done and experienced rather than what is said.

At Downham Market Methodist Church, the Revd Julian Pursehouse, district chair, led a service to recognise and officially welcome the work of the deaf community into the Methodist family. The Revd Anne Richardson was officially commissioned as the presbyter in pastoral charge of Sign the Cross, and two deaf women were welcomed into Methodist membership.

Sign the Cross is a network church working across denominational boundaries. Groups of deaf people meet monthly at Downham Market, in Norwich and in Lowestoft. The Revd Anne Richardson is keen to know of other Methodists working with British Sign Language users. For more information, please see

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