Kinghan Church

Social Witness


Kinghan Church in Botanic Avenue functions as a worshipping community of deaf and hearing impaired persons. In addition, other services are available in the form of individual and family support, interpretation at particular events and assistance to Presbyterian ministers who require specialist help.

The Kinghan Mission was founded in 1857 by John Kinghan, a teacher in the Ulster Society for the Promotion of the Education of the Deaf, the Dumb and the Blind, Belfast.

Around 1898/1899, the church moved from Bethel on Sandy Row to a new site on Botanic Avenue. The focal point of the new centre is the ground floor church which has been especially designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people. The spacious recreation hall on the first floor is used by various groups both within and outside of the church.

Sunday services begin at 11am and tea and coffee is served from 10.30am. You can access the latest information on Kinghan Church services and events on their website

The United Appeal assists with the funding of the Council for Social Witness, enabling the Council to support the work and Christian witness offered at Kinghan Church.

Kinghan Church
13 Botanic Avenue
Belfast BT7 1JG
Tel: +44 (0)28 9032 2588 (Voice/Minicom)
Fax: +44 (0)28 9032 9238


Latest report - April 2019

Judith Currie
Congregational support worker

Kinghan Church still going strong

The Kinghan Church, or ‘KC’ as it is commonly referred to, is a specialised church providing for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Kinghan Church was founded in 1857 by John Kinghan and is still going strong today. Our members come from all parts of Northern Ireland to join together in worship and fellowship. Due to the nature of deafness it can leave many people feeling isolated and vulnerable with little or no interaction with the outside world – this is why ‘KC’ is a lifeline for so many. Our members can come along and join with their friends and communicate freely in their own language, British Sign Language (BSL).

All the staff in Kinghan Church can sign and communicate effectively with the members. We provide a safe, friendly environment where our members feel able to come and access help and seek advice. All the services are signed in BSL and voiced over.

The weekly Thursday lunch club is always popular; members enjoy getting together with old friends over a bite to eat. They run and take charge of this themselves.

Our Bible study runs every other week, where people can come together in a relaxed environment and learn together.

Monthly outings are organised, these always vary to appeal to as many people as possible. In recent months they have included: The Kildare Village, Eden Pottery, a BBQ, Titanic Belfast, the Ulster Museum, and many more.

Please pray:

  • Pray for all who attend the Thursday lunch club that they would enjoy good fun and fellowship.
  • Pray for Claire Nicholson, administrator, who provides a lifeline for many of the deaf members.

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 If you would like to find out more about the work in Kinghan Church you can get in touch with us by:

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