Worship, Bible Study, and Fellowship
Trinity Deaf’s worship services and programs welcome all Deaf, Hard of Hearing , and hearing persons, as all events are signed in American Sign Language and spoken.
Worship for the Deaf congregation and friends is held each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel on the ground-floor level of the main church building. The order of service has its roots in the traditional Lutheran liturgy, and the Holy Eucharist (communion) is celebrated every Sunday. The most convenient entrance is via Washington Street. Fellowship and refreshments are shared by Deaf members and friends before worship in the adjacent Hintz Room starting around 9:45 am. Staffed nursery care is available each Sunday.
Trinity Deaf and Trinity hearing Church have many fellowship opportunities together: lunches, dinners, holiday celebrations and more. The Deaf members are always welcome at all the hearing church’s events. An interpreter is always present.
Trinity Deaf Senior Citizen Center is held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. in the church auditorium.
Trinity Deaf Church also has an outreach program the first Saturday of each month for “I Can,” a support group held in cooperation with the Mental Health Association. The group meets for Bible study at 11:30 am., followed by lunch and fellowship time until 2:30 pm.
Deaf Ministry History
Trinity Deaf Church has been a worship center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Christians in Berks County and surrounding areas for over ninety years. The congregation held monthly gatherings from 1920 to 1984, as the Inner Mission Society of Berks County provided a pastor from the Philadelphia area who was fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) to conduct a worship service. The Deaf worshiped in their own language, then socialized together at a covered-dish dinner following worship.
In 1984 Trinity church, in conjunction with the Inner Mission Society, expanded the Deaf ministry by calling a Lutheran pastor who was fluent in ASL to a part time position. The Deaf congregation then worshiped every other Sunday, while Bible study was held weekly. As the congregation grew, a Deaf Sunday School was added.
Trinity Deaf Congregation is a member of ELDA (Evangelical Lutheran Deaf Association), a spiritual, social, and educational group of twelve ELCA Deaf congregations and ministries.