Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Sign Language Classes

First United Methodist Church will be offering a series of classes in American Sign Language during the Wednesday Night Live Programs at FUMC.  The class equips you with Deaf culture and basic vocabulary skills so that you can communicate with the Deaf community. The classes are free and open to the public.  The Class will meet through November from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the FUMC Coffee Lobby.













FUMC American Sign Language class visited a local restaurant and ordered their meal using sign language.

Sign Language Choir

First United Methodist Signing Choir is a mixed group of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people.  Our aim is to raise Deaf Awareness in the community, and promote the use of American Sign Language, which we do by performing popular songs, hymns and carols in sign language.

The signing choir is held weekly on  Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Coffee Lobby.  All ages are welcome and no signing experience is necessary.  The choir shares their talents with the congregation throughout the year.

Fourth Global Methodist Mission Deaf Conference






Last week, the Deaf and HOH Ministry were blessed to attend the 4th Global Methodist Missions Conference of the Deaf, at Lakeview Camp in Waxahachie, Texas.  There were over 100 people from 7 countries including 15 different states of the USA.  Activities included four days of worship, reports on ministries, a workshop on Best Practices for Mission and Outreach, a listening panel for sharing our experiences and thinking about how to improve mission partnerships to support Deaf development.  There was also a workshop on Alzheimer’s Disease care, an inspirational talk from Rev. Caesar Rentie, (retired offensive tackle Chicago Bear), and Cultural Celebrations that had us dancing for hours.  Our attendance was possible due to the support from the people of First United Methodist Church.  Thank you!






The Lord’s Prayer signed as done in Brazil, Africa, South Korea, America, Sri Lanka and Ghana Sign Language.










May 7, 2017

Today, the Deaf and HOH Ministry was honored to have Rev. Tom Hudspeth, pastor of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, as our guest.  Rev. Tom is the person in charge of the World Federation Deaf Conference and has been both a national and international leader in the United Methodist Church’s Deaf Ministry.  He conducted a Bible study during our Sunday School class.

The First Walker County Invitational – Special Olympics  Track & Field Meet was held on March 24, 2016.  Four teams of athletes came together for this competition at the Huntsville High School Track.  The FUMC Deaf & HOH Ministry and SHSU American Sign Language Club members were asked to assist the Huntsville Hornet     Heroes with this wonderful event.  It was an honor cheering for these special athletes.


Contact Leslie Michaelson for questions.

International Missions

March 2012 – A Deaf team traveled to Port-au-Prince to help at St. Vincent’s School.  St. Vincent’s Center for the Handicapped Children is a school and medical facility located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Most of these students are deaf, blind or physically handicapped.








The team also visited Pazapa School in Jacmel Haiti.  PAZAPA means “step by step” in Haitian Creole, and step by step PAZAPA has been making a difference in the lives of Haiti’s Deaf children. PAZAPA’s mission is to support the treatment, education, development of children with disabilities, and to integrate them into the community at large.  Here the children are signing “I love you”.


You can contact the church for more information at:

(936) 295-5441