About Open Ears
‘OPEN EARS’ is for people who have impaired hearing, and anyone else who is sympathetic to their special needs and problems. Our main ministry is to deafened people who probably don’t use sign language, although we also attract and welcome BSL users, and always endeavour to provide sign-language interpreters at our events if required. ‘Open Ears’ is a Christian fellowship with no denominational barriers.
Realising that Christians with impaired hearing ‘miss out’ to some extent in their own churches, ‘Open Ears’ aims to provide:
- Additional fellowship
- Bible teaching
- Prayer support
- Pastoral care
However, we encourage our members to be as involved as they possibly can be in their own local churches and fellowships.
‘Open Ears’ was founded (as the Hard of Hearing Christian Fellowship – HHCF) by a group of concerned Christians in London in 1974. The first Fellowship Weekend was held in 1977, and a national weekend or holiday has taken place every year since then. The first pastoral worker was appointed in the early 1980s.
We regularly organise Fellowship Days and Weekends at different locations for hard-of-hearing and deaf people, and also have the occasional longer holiday. Additionally, there are a number of local groups in various places, which organise their own meetings and events.
Care and support are provided to people known to Open Ears, through email correspondence and letters. Home visits can also be arranged by members of our pastoral team.
Our own informative and lively magazine, called Hearing Eye, is published regularly. It contains news about people, Open Ears and other events, articles written by readers (both light-hearted or more serious), as well as Christian teaching. There are also reports, descriptions of audio equipment, articles of special interest to those with poor hearing, and updates on ‘Open Ears Worldwide’.
We provide information about hearing loss to churches and other Christian groups, and offer advice to church leaders about the problems faced by hard of hearing or deafened people in church contexts. We also advise on suitable equipment, such as induction loop systems and data projectors.
‘Open Ears’ can sometimes arrange illustrated talks and equipment demonstrations at schools, training colleges, PCCs and church-based groups, and for ministers and others who are concerned to meet the needs of members of their own congregations with impaired hearing. Informative literature is available.
To find out more about ‘Open Ears’, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may phone us, or write to our Administrator (Christine Pitts).