Pioneer Ministery

Pioneer Ministry in the Eastern Synod

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The metaphor of 'a bridge' useful when thinking about church and the pioneering. The Church's role is to reconnect people with God, frustratingly the culture that separates us from God is constantly moving and just when we think we've got a grip on it, it changes. This story is reflected in the design of logo for the ministry. The orange represents the dawn of a new day, the Orwell Bridge identifies it with Ipswich, and we only see half the bridge because we don't always get the full picture with God, we have to take a step of faith.

What is a Fresh Expression of Church?

A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.

  • It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples;
  • It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.

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Present and Future Projects

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  • To discover meaning in the media;
  • To explore the social, spiritual, and significant issues;
  • To create community in the conversation.

Time: first and third Monday of every month from 7.30pm until we finish.
Place: The Thomas Wolsey Pub, 9-13 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF.

We don't think we have all the answers, and we're not looking to sell you anything. You definitely don't have to be a person of faith to be a part of what we do. You don't even have to believe anything, but we will talk about God, the universe and everything. On the 22nd June back in 2009 a group of young idealistic risk takers sat in an Ipswich waterfront café wondering if anyone would turn up to the opening night of their new joint venture the ‘LINK’. They had planned a weekly space for young adults to meet up, listen to music, and talk about things like God and the universe. They wanted to reach out into the town and be very relationship and community focused, providing a place where non-Christians would feel welcome.

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For a previous reports on LINK see: Fresh Expressions Stories  Video LINK - Youtube - Facebook

PRESENCE Faith on the Street

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PRESENCE aims to be a creative response to the spiritual needs of Ipswich town centre.

We are a group of Christians from different Churches from around Ipswich. We gather once a month in the town centre to be a 'creative witness' for Christ. Which means we carry out imaginative themes to capture the public's attention, which ultimately points them to Jesus?

presence youtube12016For Example - In September we ran a Street Harvest Festival and gave away free fruit and vegetables to bless people and encourage us all to be more thankful for the good things in our lives. We also asked people what characteristic from the 'Fruit of the Spirit' they most needed and offered to pray for them.

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Updates and Newsletters

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I arrived at the beautiful surrounds of Sizewell Hall, a Christian conference centre on the Suffolk coast, to help Halesworth & Bramfield URC look at being '21st Century Church' on their weekend away. After an initial meeting with Rev. Dennis Simmons and Rev. Don Nichols to discuss what was needed in the churches and how I might help them, we came up with the theme of 'Being a Mission Shaped Community'My overall aim was to take the congregations on a journey looking at the ever-changing nature of our society's culture and its communities and exploring why the church needs to rethink its approach to those communities in meaningful and relevant ways.

Download: May 2014 - Newsletter

The Collective - Suffolk New College (SNC)soule-space3

New for this term at Suffolk New College is: The Collective. This is a place for students to meet Christians, a space to be with friends and a chance to chat about life. We meet on a weekly basis to encourage one another, to explore spirituality, as well as reflect and apply it to life. In practice, it involves food, discussion, music, film clips, etc.

Since I have been volunteering in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at the College, it has opened up opportunities for new initiatives that link with other Christian groups around Ipswich.

Download: The Collective Report

The Sanctuary Local Churches here for you

SANCTUARY Carboot  Project

The SANCUTARY Our aim is to be place of Blessing, Healing and Peace by: • Offering prayer; • Building relationships with the regular stall-holders; • Inspire...

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Walking past the churches in the Westgate area of Ipswich on a Sunday morning you can see and hear the evidence of Christians at worship. Whether it’s the many cars parked on the roads, the queues of people streaming into the doors, or the joyous music spilling out onto the streets. But walk a bit further down Portman road until you’re in the shadow of the football stadium and you’ll experience an altogether different weekly gathering. There are piles of clothes, boxes of toys, stacks of crockery, knick-knacks, old tools, rescued furniture… you name it and you’ll probably find it there amongst the different faces and languages around the stalls and pitches.

SANCUTARY’s aim is to be a place of Blessing, Healing and Peace. We do this by: offering prayer; inspiring and challenging people with free resources and Christian literature in a range of languages; facilitating stimulating activities on the stall; and selling items to raise funds for Kagera Link - North West Tanzania.

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Fresh Expressions Mission-Shaped Ministry Course Cambridgeshire and Suffolk - Bury St Edmunds

mission-shaped-ministry1The Norwich Diocese of Ely and Edmundsbury & Ipswich, East Anglia Methodist District, Eastern Baptist Association and the Eastern Synod of the URC are delighted to make Mission-Shaped Ministry (msm) available locally. We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area.

Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come as this will deepen the impact of the course. The course leaders and teachers include: Dave Gardner, Claire Darracott, Tim Yau, Simon Goddard, Sarah Gower, Dave Male, Terry Tennens, Joanna Cox, Christ Duffett, Adrian Chatfield and Michael Moynagh,

Download: Course timetable and venue for  Saturday 17th September 2016 - Saturday 3rd June 2017  msm Course Dates and Information  

Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00, at Christ Church Moreton hall, Lawsons Place, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7EW.  
Tuesdays  from 19.30 to 21.30 at St Mary's Church Ely, St Mary's Street, Ely CB7 4HF
Cost £175 per person, which covers all materials, and refreshments.

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View Website: Mission Shaped Ministry      Download: msm Flyer and Booking Form       

Soul Space IpswichSoulSpace-logo

Soul Space is an initiative to engage with people who are interested in mind, body and spirit fairs, which are alternative spirituality events where you would find tarot card readers, reiki healing, and crystal therapists. Our intention is that Soul Space will welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs to find space, stillness, refreshment and insight at our Christ-centred holistic spirituality event.

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Previous Events and Reports

CWM European Round Table Reflections

cwm european round table 20In October 2015 I was asked to be part of the URC delegation to the Council for World Mission (CWM) European Round Table in Utrecht, Netherlands. I accompanied Peter Ball, Linda Rayner the URC National Fresh Expressions Coordinator and Richard Church, the URC Deputy General Secretary of Discipleship.

The partner churches for the CWM Europe are the Congregational Federation, the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Union of Welsh Independents, the United Reformed Church and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).

Download:  CWM European Round Table Reflections

Who will Carry the Can?

smallcarry-the-can-logo2By 10.30am several thousand people filled Cornhill Square in the centre of Ipswich to celebrate the birthday of the church. The theme for this year was "Carry the Can" and people brought tins of food to donate to Families in Need – the local Christian charity. By 11am the sun shone for the start of the main service.

Download: Who will Carry the Can?

Ipswich Pop-up Prayer Event Report

pop-up-prayer3aAs part of the 'Ipswich Week of Prayer' I felt inspired to run a prayer stand on the busiest pedestrian crossroad in the town centre. So from 9.00am to 4.30pm, with fourteen volunteers from eight different churches, we gave out love- heart sweets and engaged passers-by in conversation.

We asked them what they loved about Ipswich and what their hopes were for the town, and then we wrote up their thoughts and stuck them on large heart posters. Several prominent issues emerged from the conversations that are worth noting:

Download: Ipswich Pop-up-Prayer Event Report


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Vision Initiatives

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