News & Features from 2015

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Ipswich Churches to Celebrate Royally in June
In June the nation and Commonwealth will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Just like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, Ipswich churches will be celebrating in the communities together. Time to Party!! More ...
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Suffolk welcomes Bishop Mike
Suffolk welcomes a new Bishop to the county during a moving service at Bury St Edmunds attended by about 650 people from towns and villages across the county. The Suffolk service followed Mike being made a bishop at Westminster Abbey More ...
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Ipswich Town Pastors 10 years on!
Ipswich Town Pastors were out on the streets again this Christmas, ten years on from the first pilot scheme. Yes, a Town Pastor is not just for Christmas! And what a CRACKER of a night... read more More ...
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Suffolk YMCA: 'Give up your bed'?
Suffolk YMCA asks churches or youth groups, 'Would you sleep out so others don’t have to?' Join the Sleep Easy 2016 event and give up your bed for one night in February, brave the cold to sleep under cardboard... up for the challenge? Find out more... More ...
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Ipswich Foodbank works hard at Christmas
Despite perceptions of Suffolk being an affluent county, around 78,000 residents are classed as income-deprived. It’s these families that Ipswich-based charity Families in Need (FIND) has been working hard to help this Christmas More ...
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New Bishop for Suffolk announced by Downing Street
A Clergyman who has been working in one of the fastest growing Church of England dioceses has been chosen to serve as Suffolk’s new Bishop of Dunwich. More ...
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Debt Advice Provider of the Year in Ipswich
Christians Against Poverty has been running for two years in Ipswich. CAP UK has just won Debt Advice Provider of the Year at the 2015 Credit Today Collections and Customer Service Awards. More ...
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Local Family Charity Award Boost
Local Ipswich Family Charity gets a big boost from national award. Seven small charities from around the country were honoured last week and 4 Family was one of them. More ...
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Christian MPs torn on air strikes vote
Christian MPs are torn on whether to support British air strikes against ISIS in Syria after the Government published a motion this afternoon (Tuesday) and MPs will be asked to vote tomorrow evening. More ...
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Alternative Man on the Moon Advert
The much anticipated Christmas advert for St Thomas' church in Norwich was aired for the first time, as a follow-up to last year's award-winning video inspired by the John Lewis Christmas advert. More ...
Discover the Reason for the Season
A little over 2000 years ago the birth of an ordinary looking baby boy in a dirty stable started something special. Discover the meaning behind te season... More ...
Raise More Friday
It's that time of year again... This Friday 27th November (Black Friday) is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year. You can raise funds for free as you shop... More ...
Church Leaders Speak Out On Islamophobia
The Bishop of Durham has joined many other Christian leaders from across denominations, warning against fear and Islamophobia after the terrorist atrocities in Paris... More ...
Selectively Outraged?
The terrorist atrocities in Paris last Friday generated blanket news coverage. Cyberspace was jammed with tweets, emoticons and Facebook posts, in a veritable outpouring of emotion and volley of opinions. More ...
Griff Rhys Jones adds his voice to Suffolk’s Surviving Winter campaign, announcing huge £15k boost
Suffolk’s Surviving Winter campaign this year has touched the lives of many generous people in Suffolk, including comedian, broadcaster and all round ‘good guy’, Griff Rhys Jones. More ...
Please Pray for Burundi
Paul and Jean Daltry, Christian leaders in Ipswich, ask for your prayers for Burundi. They lived and worked in Rwanda for six years prior to the genocide there and have seen the horrors that can happen to a country when it seems as if God departs. More ...
Suffolk’s High Sheriff launches The High Sheriff Awards 2016
The High Sheriff of Suffolk Judith Shallow has launched the High Sheriff’s annual awards, and is calling for voluntary groups to submit their entries for these leading community awards that reward the people doing ground-breaking and life-changing work More ...
Surviving Winter campaign raises £10,000 in its first two weeks!
In just two weeks since the campaign’s launch, Surviving Winter has touched the lives of many generous people in Suffolk, and together we have so far raised £10,000! The Surviving Winter campaign, now in its fifth year, raised £85,000 last winter More ...
Journey of the Magi
Journey of the Magi is London-based Springs Dance Company’s most successful show to date having toured the UK every Advent for nearly two decades. St John’s Church, Woodbridge are delighted to present this show More ...
Winter Fuel Payment Don’t Need It? Donate It!
The message from Suffolk Community Foundation and legendary East Anglian broadcasters Christine Webber and Stuart Jarrold is absolutely clear: ‘‘If you received a Winter Fuel Payment and you don’t need it, please donate it to someone in Suffolk who does! More ...
Get your Real Christmas Advent Calendar
The Real Advent Calendar is a new and fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. Inside each Advent door, in this run-up-to Christmas calendar, is a Belgian chocolate shape and a snippet of the Christmas story More ...
Time to Stop?
It’s 21 years since the Sunday Trading Act was passed, allowing the doors of our supermarkets and DIY stores to be flung wide every day of the week. Since then, Sunday trading hours have been limited across the UK More ...
Heart 4 Ipswich Website Going Mobile
Newly redesigned Heart 4 Ipswich website will work on desktop, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices. So you can catch up on the latest news anywhere you go. But that’s not all! More ...
Faith, Hope and Healthcare
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) this week published their report on the state of healthcare and adult social care in England. It carries the positive message that the majority of the 5,439 organisations inspected received a rating of More ...
Church of England in Suffolk fights back against gangs of thieves after a spate of roof lead thefts
A RAFT of new measures to combat gangs of thieves targeting beautiful medieval churches across Suffolk, including striping lead from the roofs, were announced by the Bishop, the Chief Constable and their colleagues More ...
Bags of theology
We had our chance. They told us our use of plastic bags was getting out of control. They tried to warn us, but would we listen? More ...
Bishop Clive will be hugely missed
A GENTLE, wise and inspirational Suffolk Bishop has died aged 67, just two years after retiring from one of the most senior Church of England roles in the county. More ...
Ipswich Winter Night Shelter starts soon...
Imagine it’s 5 o’clock on a winter’s evening; the shops are shutting, people are rushing home; the town centre is emptying and a chill has set in. Most of us return to our warm inviting homes, a nourishing meal and a comfortable bed but for the homeless More ...
Sunday 1st November is Adoption Sunday
In the UK, 4,000 children are waiting for adoption and 8,600 foster families are desperately needed. The national Christian charity 'Home for Good' believe that the Church can make a difference. More ...
Love Me to the Moon?
Anyone who was up at around 2 or 3 am this Monday morning might have seen a rare astronomical event. Lunar eclipses happen at least once or twice a year, but this one was unusual because it happened when the moon appeared larger and brighter than More ...
In Sport We Trust?
You’re surrounded by thousands. Everyone’s singing their hearts out. Arms raised. Tears of joy stream down the cheeks of the man next to you. More ...
Two Bishops pay tribute to senior Suffolk clergyman
Tributes have been pouring in for a senior Church of England clergyman who served Suffolk for three decades, who has died aged 77. More ...
An Archdeacon has run hundreds of miles across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex...
The Venerable Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury, was joined by fellow runners from across Suffolk throughout this year for five 10k races and for the more experienced runners five half marathons too. More ...
Refugee crisis : an urgent call to action
Krish Kandiah, from Home for Good, presents five possible ways Christians may respond to the current refugee crisis... More ...
Suffolk Pilgrims Sing In The Rain
The Pilgrimage of Song in East Suffolk, organised by the Ipswich-based Cantus Firmus Choir, lived up to August Bank Holiday Pilgrimage of Song muddy tradition by being wet. Very wet. To put it in Suffolk-speak: “Boiy, thass hullin’ ut dewn!” More ...
We must show Christian compassion to refugees
Regular columnist Mark Fairweather-Tall presents a Christian response to the current refugee crisis... Has one heart-breaking picture of a three-year-old boy changed the response of our nation towards the refugee crisis that is impacting Europe? More ...
Record Reign
‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them’, wrote Shakespeare. Rare indeed is the person who can claim all three. Born a Princess, thrust to the throne after the early death of her father, Queen Elizabeth II is More ...
A Good Call
What constitutes a ‘good life’? Is it any different from a ‘happy life’? And do either of those bear any relation to a ‘successful life’? More ...
“Does God Read?”
Following the success of the first training course on Christian Journal writing held over June and July at the Fletcher Centre in Ipswich, Rennie Clarke has been persuaded to not only run the course again in Ipswich but also, due to much interest... More ...
Welcoming the Stranger
Mass migration is a feature of our time. Elections are fought over it, newspaper headlines whip up hysteria, and politicians try to avoid blame and responsibility alike. Yet the sprawling community of people living in ramshackle tents... More ...
Real Freedom
This week saw the end of the BBC’s three-part series Life in Squares, a dramatisation of the Bloomsbury Set – a group of English writers, artists, and thinkers renowned for their influence on modernism and their bohemian lifestyle... More ...
Paddling against Poverty 2015
The Sudbury Christian Aid group will once again be paddling along the beautiful River Stour from Sudbury to Bures to raise money for their Christian Aid Community Partnership project on 13 August. More ...
Tributes pouring in for much loved Revd Webb
Tributes have been pouring in for a much loved priest and rural dean who devoted almost 25 years of his life to serving Suffolk communities before dying peacefully at home surrounded by his family from cancer, aged 60. More ...
Just a Job?
‘We may love our work, hate our work, find meaning in our work or none, but it’s what we do all day long, and it shapes us.’ More ...
Priest leaves Ipswich parish after 1,750 weddings, christenings and funerals for new role in Felixst
A CLERGYMAN who has served Ipswich for more than a decade, marrying 250 couples, christening 500 people and supporting families through almost 1,000 funerals says he will cherish the deep bonds of friendship made in the town - as he prepares to take up... More ...
Infinitely Small, Infinitely Loved
We got some sense of this perspective this week as the New Horizons space probe beamed back photographs of Pluto, the furthest planet in our solar system. It’s three billion miles away, and the probe, ‘the fastest spacecraft ever to leave Earth’s orbit’.. More ...
Assisted Dying Bill
CARE (Christian Action, Research and Education) has been actively involved in bringing a Christian perspective to many issues in government and parliament for many years. They are currently highlighting a new private member’s ‘Assisted Dying’ bill ... More ...
New clergy to serve in towns and villages across St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Worshippers are delighted that 14 new priests and deacons are taking up roles serving communities right across Suffolk. The Petertide ordinations of new priests and deacons are seen by the Church’s thousands of regular worshippers in Suffolk as one of the More ...
For the Love of...
When it comes to social policy, how do people change their behaviour? And what if that change requires sacrifice? The Climate Coalition’s rallying cry of ‘For the Love of...’ has been a pertinent reminder of this challenge... More ...
Inspire's Karen to complete ‘Women’s Super Sprint Triathlon’
Karen is trying to raise as much money as possible for ‘Inspire’, a counselling and training charity based in Ipswich... More ...
Hate Crime, Love the Criminal
They gathered in the church to read the Bible and pray. How could they have known that the young man who joined them that day was carrying a weapon? And although they offered him hospitality, Dylann Roof responded by shooting them dead. More ...
Local Ipswich and Suffolk Audit Results Announced
Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal Audit results are revealed. "Quite Remarkable!" says Chris Bally, Deputy CEO for Suffolk County Council "Encouraging and Staggering" says the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury, Martin Seeley of the local survey results... More ...
Development plans announced for TK's residential centre
After a great deal of consultation it has been decided that TK shall pursue the completion of a six-woman residential rehabilitation facility as a stepping-stone towards the final vision of a twelve-woman Centre. More ...
Business in Bangalore
The first in a short series looking at global business from a Christian viewpoint. More ...
CYM Need Your Support!
Can you help the CYM Team complete the 3 Peaks Challenge? In July of this year, members of the CYM team and Trustee team will be attempting to complete the UK 3 Peaks Challenge. That's the UK's 3 highest mountain peaks in a 24 hour time window... More ...
Christians called to mass lobby of Parliament on climate change: 17 June 2015
Supporters across Norfolk and Suffolk are coming together for a mass lobby of Parliament on the 17th June organised by the Climate Coalition and supported by Christian Aid and many other organisations. The aim is to ask our newly elected government to... More ...
Tk is flying high!
Local charity TK (Talitha Koum) is flying high for more reasons than one! Four supporters of TK leapt from a plane last weekend... More ...
Does The Universe Have Space For God?
This was the question addressed by Rev Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, University of Durham, at Norwich Cathedral on May 20. Mark Sims reports. Prof Wilkinson tackled issues of science and faith, including What is a Kiss? at the More ...
Faith Audit Results announced
Network Ipswich participated in a UK Faith Audit and Ipswich came TOP of all the UK towns in percentage of responses to the audit. The UK Audit results have been released More ...
The Church of England at the Suffolk Show
More than 2,000 people are expected to visit the Church of England’s marquee at the Suffolk Show where they will have the opportunity to meet the county's new Bishop... More ...
Canon Seeley Ordained Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. 
CANON Martin Seeley, who will become Suffolk's most senior Church of England clergyman next month (June 20th), on 14th May was ordained as a Bishop during a moving service at Westminster Abbey attended by a congregation of more than 1,600 people. More ...
Supporting Tea Leaf Trust 
Last year Heart 4 Ipswich reported on Melissa Day’s journey to discover her roots in Sri Lanka, where she found that poverty played a key role in her adoption. It led her to determine to support a local charity through 2015, that aims to support ... More ...
Jump for TK
Would you like to do a Tandem Sky Dive? Is it something you have also thought about doing? Well, now is your opportunity... More ...
Christians in Politics..Show Up!
In the week of the UK election Andy Flannagan highlights the Show Up Campaign - a coalition of 40 major church networks and Christian agencies, who are calling on Christians to More ...
Latest Update on Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Latest Update: (28-Apr-2015) Christian Aid supporters are responding quickly and generously to the plight of victims of the Nepal earthquake following the launch of an appeal on Saturday evening. More ...
Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to provide urgent aid in the wake of the Nepal earthquake disaster and it has been backed by the charity’s East Anglia regional co-ordinator. Christian Aid are already providing urgent relief to victims More ...
Beyond Right And Wrong
Beyond Right and Wrong is a film that presents the stories of people who have experienced loss and the stories of people who have caused that loss. From the Rwandan Genocide to the Troubles in Northern Ireland to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, people.. More ...
Agents of love and grace 
This week marks 70 years since the influential German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged by the Nazis for his part in the attempted assassination of Hitler. Early on in my journey of faith I learned something enduringly valuable... More ...
Ipswich Central Election Question Time
Do you know who to vote for at the forthcoming General Election? Still have questions? Come along and take the opportunity to put them to local cadidates More ...
Home for Good on BBC Songs of Praise
The work of Home for Good will be featured on TV, at 5pm on BBC 1's Songs of Praise Mother's Day special... More ...
Ipswich Top in Faith Audit
Ipswich Tops Nationwide UK Faith Audit as thousands of faith groups completed a nationwide Faith Action Audit in hundreds of cities, towns and villages... More ...
Theology on the Streets with Town Pastors
"Do you know why I don't believe the Bible?", we were asked by someone who continued to walk in the direction he was going. "Look at Deuteronomy 21:11 - it's ridiculous." And he carried on walking. More ...
Extravagant Grace in 2015
Heart for Ipswich is re-launching a new series of regular events across the town starting on the 21st March 2015 with a unique evening at the Ipswich Hospital. More ...
Sleep Easy
YMCA Suffolk will be joining other YMCAs across England in a mass sleep-out event in 2015, to help beat youth homelessness. We want the entire community to get involved too! More ...
Another Saturday Night in Ipswich
Early one Sunday morning recently two teams of Town Pastors were in the thick of spiritual and on one occasion physical warfare in Ipswich. More ...
Cash and care
Church in Woodbridge joins in helping people become savvy with their cash as households feel income squeeze. More ...
Why does God allow us to suffer?
Ipswich musician Erol Rezvan has created a music composition based on Psalm 42 that questions God about suffering. His composition inspired by Psalm 42 is a message of hope. More ...
Strong Story Telling
Open the book passes the Bible to the next generation Story by Story. Get involved in a training day coming to Ipswich soon. More ...
The Real Easter Egg 2015 Launch
Introduced in 2010, The Real Easter Egg was initially turned down by supermarkets as they were unsure that a ‘faith egg’ would sell. How wrong they were.... More ...
Faith Action Audit Starts
It's started! This month sees 1,000s of people all around the UK completing a Faith Action Audit - In Ipswich over 80 Churches or Christian projects join in.... More ...
Walking With Elijah
Tool to help you to pray through February, walking with Elijah through the ups and downs of life... More ...
Running the race for IWNS
An Archdeacon is racing 125 miles across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to support the voluntary work of hundreds of Christians who open their churches as night shelters for the homeless. More ...
Instrument amnesty
A call for unwanted instruments that might be hidden in your attic. More ...
Discovering roots
Discovering her Sri Lankan roots inspired Melissa Day, from Ipswich, and set her on a mission to help impoverished workers More ...
Nationwide Faith Action Audit
The results of a nationwide survey being undertaken in Ipswich this month will be presented to the Government following the General Election in May this year... More ...
Got what it takes to be a Town Pastor?
Town Pastors offer assistance to anyone who needs it during nights out. Since starting during 2005 in Ipswich the scheme has been set up in nine different towns. They are currently recruiting. More ...
Running challenge
The Archdeacon of Sudbury has announced that he will race 125 miles across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to support the voluntary work of hundreds of Christians who open their churches as night shelters for the homeless. More ...
 
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