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Fellowship for hard of hearing and deaf Christians

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Contact phone number: 01425 615 215

Our Mission Statement

OPEN EARS is a non-denominational Christian charity for people who have various degrees of impaired hearing, mainly (but not exclusively) those who communicate orally, assisted by hearing aids and lip-reading. It aims to provide accessible fellowship, Bible teaching, prayer support and pastoral care, to produce informative literature, a quarterly magazine, and to provide financial help to specified Christian work among people with impaired hearing in developing countries.

40th Anniversary Events

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we held two events in 2014.  The first was at Brunel Manor in June, led by Marilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson from MBM (Marilyn Baker Ministries).  The later event was held at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, led by Christine Orme and Viv Whitfield, who are both ordained ministers and cochlear implant users.

2015 Event

We enjoyed a weekend away in October 2015 at the Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, led by the Reverend John Bullamore, who is himself hard of hearing.

2016 Event 

This was held at The Woodlands, a new development within Hothorpe Hall grounds near Theddingworth, Leicestershire, from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October.  Canon Gill Behenna, who works with both Deaf British Sign Language users and with hard of hearing and deaf people who mainly use hearing aids or cochlear implants, was our main speaker.  Tracy Williamson and Susanne Willdig led some afternoon workshops which were well attended.  We had a very enjoyable few days with times for prayer and relaxation as well as the meetings led by Gill.  We hope to return to The Woodlands for a future event.

2017 Event

Our weekend this year will be at the Greenhouse Christian Centre, formerly known as Green Pastures, in Bournemouth from 13 to 15 October.  The speaker will be Emily Owen, writer of the book “Still Emily”.  Emily is deaf with other disabilities as a result of Neurofibramatosis Type 2 (NF2).  For more details of this event, please contact Christine Pitts, Open Ears Administrator, on

2018 Event

Watch this space!


Open Ears is a member of Churchear, which is a European organisation with very similar aims to Open Ears.  Marylin Kilsby, Chair of Open Ears, attended the Churchear conference in Denmark from Thursday 18 to Monday 22 August 2016.  The next conference, which will be held in 2018, will be in Strasbourg, France.  Please see their website,, for further details.