News & Features from 2013

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Domestic Abuse: Myths versus Truths
A short video is available to watch that dispels common misconceptions about domestic violence. See the video here. More ...
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Bishop of Suffolk’s Christmas message
The Acting Bishop for Suffolk is calling for people to help others this Christmas through food banks, volunteering for night shelters for the homeless, and supporting credit unions that lend money to those in need at fair interest rates. More ...
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New Project Director appointed for Talitha Koum
The Trustees of the charity in Ipswich have recently appointed Ken Donaldson as Project Director for the Talitha Koum Community. More ...
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Responding to Ipswich's Biggest Questions
For the last 2 months Hope Church Ipswich have been asking people a faith based question: “If you could ask God one question what would it be?” More ...
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Help The High Sheriff recognise Suffolk’s unsung heroes
The High Sheriff of Suffolk Sir Edward Greenwell recently launched the sixth High Sheriff’s Awards and is calling for voluntary groups and individuals to submit their entries for the annual community awards. More ...
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Archdeacon Runs 10 Races to Raise Autism Awareness
An Archdeacon whose son has autism is competing in 10 races in a year to raise awareness and funds to help families whose loved ones experience the joys and sorrows of the condition, that affects one in every 100 children in the country. More ...
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Hundreds say farewell to Bishop Nigel
A packed Cathedral bade a fond farewell to Bishop Nigel Stock as he left for his new post as Bishop at Lambeth, handing over the clerical reins to Bishop David as acting Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese. More ...
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Plea to Cameron on 'Scandalous' Food Poverty
The UK’s largest Foodbank network the Trussell Trust, which includes across and around Suffolk, has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to launch an urgent enquiry into the ‘scandalous’ level of food poverty in the UK. More ...
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New Debt Counselling Centre Set To Open In Ipswich
Local church announces it will partner with award winning debt counselling charity More ...
The Ipwich Winter Night Shelter Team Prepare for a New Season
The Winter is drawing nearer, the nights are closing in and the teams are being put together for this year’s Ipswich Winter Night Shelter. More ...
Suffolk Blogger Nominated in the Christian New Media Awards
Gillan Scott from St John’s Woodbridge has been nominated in the Christian New Media Awards in the category ‘Blogger of the Year’ for his blog God and Politics UK. More ...
Church appoints four new Canons
Four Christians from across Suffolk, including a priest who has lost her eyesight and says her condition helps her to support others, have been recognised by the Bishop for their dedication and commitment to Church life More ...
New Editor for Network Ipswich
After five years looking after the Network Ipswich website, Alan Fisher is handing over to a new Editor – Ben Reay. Alan writes about the journey so far, and plans for the future. More ...
Christian Retreat House has new team at the helm
Quiet Waters Christian retreat house on the Suffolk/ Norfolk border is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an Open Day on Sunday October 6 and has a new couple at the helm. More ...
There’s a welcome for you back at church
A rector is knocking on hundreds of doors to encourage people to come back to church to see what Christianity has to offer. More ...
New Matt Redman CD available at local shop
Ipswich CLC have told us that the new Matt Redman CD “Your Grace Finds Me”, which is due for release on September 24th, will be available at £2 off the list price at the bookshop in St Matthews Street. More ...
News from Ipswich Winter Night Shelter
Ipswich Winter Night Shelter has a new Project Manager, but also requires a voluntary administrator to assist. We give details of plans for the coming winter, including a special fund-raising ‘Festive Evening’ on December 6th at Suffolk Food Hall More ...
Ipswich Council announces funding and workshops
The Ipswich Borough Council has announced details of the 2014/15 grants process, together with workshops on how to apply for funding. There is also a free course to help support people with neurological conditions More ...
New church Director of Music to start Girls' Choir
St Mary-le-Tower in the centre of Ipswich has appointed a new Director of Music. Stephen Bullamore was previously at Waltham Abbey, and is now keen to start a Girls’ choir to add to the existing Boys and Men’s choirs More ...
Formal Opening of Suffolk Day Retreat Centre
On 8th September almost 100 people attended the official opening of H.O.M.E. Day Retreat Centre in Monks Eleigh, near Hadleigh. Based at the URC Chapel, the centre is available as a place for reflection, meetings, or for community use. More ...
Paddling to end poverty and discrimination
In August, 11 people representing the Christian Aid Group in Sudbury paddled just under 7 miles along the River Stour from Sudbury to Bures to raise money for a Christian Aid Community Partnership project More ...
Thousands cycle for churches
Thousands of cyclists and walkers will be turning out for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust’s 32nd Annual Bike Ride on Saturday 14 September More ...
The DNA of CLC
Each week Penny from the CLC bookshop in Ipswich reads the blog of Dave Almack, director of CLC USA. She has sent us a very inspiring post which shows how CLC pioneers have seen miracles take place as stores were opened across the world More ...
Christian Retreat Centre in North Suffolk
A Christian Retreat House is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Quiet Waters has been providing a place of rest, renewal and spiritual refreshment in the quiet Suffolk countryside just south of Bungay More ...
Suffolk priest delivers life saving blood
By day, Ian Byrne, vicar in the Bungay area of Suffolk, is like any other clergy person serving his parishioners. But after hours he gets astride a specially adapted motorbike to deliver life saving to hospitals across the region. More ...
All out for Love – planning the wedding is just the beginning!
Amanda Clayton from St Johns Church in Woodbridge leads a marriage preparation course called All Out For Love, using material from Holy Trinity Brompton. The next course starts on Tuesday 29th October. More ...
New look for Alpha
There is a new-look website and a new way to build a customised Alpha. St John’s church in Woodbridge will be launching a new Alpha in the autumn, using the brand new publicity materials and the new manuals More ...
Archbishop addresses Evangelical Aliance
A recent address by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Evangelical Alliance at the opening of their new offices contained some significant reflections on the position of Christians in the UK today More ...
The Good News Stand at the Suffolk Show
The ‘Good News’ stand, which has been part of the Suffolk Show for many years, may be coming to and end due to the loss of key workers unless a new team can be found to fund and man the project More ...
Information for voluntary and community groups
Some information has recently been released on the subjects of Managing Volunteers, Food Hygiene and Photographs of Children that may be of interest to churches working in the community More ...
Safe retreat for Ipswich Christians in Turkey
Ipswich based Denise El-Sadat has a home in the beach resort of Kusadasi, Turkey, which she plans to run as a bed and breakfast during the summer months for Christian couples and single women. She explains her vision. More ...
Suffolk's oldest resident celebrates her 109th birthday
Miss Doris Punchard, who is the 35th oldest person in Britain, celebrated her 109th birthday on 19th July with a party organised by friends from St Matthew’s church in Ipswich, where she has been a member for over 60 years. More ...
2000 welcome new Bishop
The new Roman Catholic Bishop for the diocese of East Anglia, Bishop Alan Hopes, was installed at Norwich Catholic Cathedral on July 16 in front of a packed congregation of almost 2,000 people. More ...
New Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich announced
The Rt Revd. David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon,who has wide experience of Church ministry in both urban and rural areas, has been chosen to care for Suffolk on an interim basis. More ...
Feedback requested on joint Pentecost service
The organisers of the joint churches Pentecost service on Ipswich Cornhill in May have been reviewing the event and are inviting comments to help them plan more effectively next time More ...
Warm welcome for new priests and deacons
Well-wishers, families and friends packed the Cathedral on 30th June to welcome ten new priests and deacons who are taking up new roles serving communities across Suffolk. More ...
Retreat centre and meeting place opens near Ipswich
The United Reformed Church chapel in Monks Eleigh has been reordered to provide a place for small groups to meet for retreats, stillness, conferences and other activities More ...
Bishop Nigel set for new role at Lambeth
The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Bishop Nigel, will be leaving the Diocese in late October to take up a new role of Bishop of Lambeth. He speaks of his mixed feelings at leaving the county he loves. More ...
Archbishop brings powerful message to Suffolk
A packed church of over 500 people welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury for the annual Festival Service that precedes the world famous Aldeburgh Festival - this year marking the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten. More ...
Pope appoints new Bishop of East Anglia
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Alan Hopes, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, to become the fourth Bishop of East Anglia, two years after the death of the previous bishop Michael Evans. More ...
Details of 2013 Bible Convention released
The Eastern Counties Bible Convention will be held at Bethesda Baptist Church in Felixstowe from 1 – 5 July, with the theme “One Direction” More ...
Big gathering on Cornhill for Pentecost service
Some two to three thousand Christians from across the churches in Ipswich filled the area in front of the Town Hall to celebrate Pentecost Sunday. We have a report and pictures of the event More ...
Suffolk Christian motorcylists spread the word
The Suffolk branch of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, which meets in Ipswich, has just celebrated its first year. Member, Andrew Chisnall, found faith through contact with CMA bikers in the town. More ...
Rooms available for hire
Burlington Baptist Church, located in the centre of Ipswich have halls and rooms available for hire - suitable for a variety of purposes including birthday parties and wedding receptions. More ...
A message from Heart for Ipswich
Heart for Ipswich has helped launch a number of cross-church activities and supported new projects that bring God’s love to the people of Ipswich. But the team has now reached a point where more help is needed to take the work forward. More ...
New ways to present church tours
Thirteen year old Bethany Foster gave tour guides a new perspective on interpreting churches at a special learning day on church tours at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich More ...
Christians carry crosses through centre of Ipswich
The traditional Good Friday Walk of Witness processed through Ipswich town centre on Good Friday. The event, organized by Rev Andrew Kleissner, was supported by representatives of several town centre churches More ...
Work towards reconciliation this Easter
In his 2013 Easter message, Bishop Nigel says he hopes the Church will work towards reconciliation and be an example to the rest of society. More ...
Search for adventure led Toby to God 
Father of four, Toby Stanwell-Smith, is a church youth worker who is devoted to telling youngsters about the one who made a constant play for his life and lifted him from reckless living. Sandie Shirley reports. More ...
Justin Welby enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s commitment to reconciliation within both the Church and the nation has moved Bishop Nigel, who was among the 2,000 guests attending the enthronement More ...
New Pope welcomed by E Anglia Diocese
The election of a new Pope, Francis I, has been welcomed across the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia for underlining the church’s commitment to social justice. We also have an Ipswich connection! More ...
Men's breakfast - Man sized issues
A group of men in the Capel St Mary area are organising regular breakfasts for Christian men at Vauxhall farm, just south of Ipswich. Andrew Horrox reports. More ...
Experience of churches working together
In a recent interview, David King, Director of ‘Kingdom Voice’ in Salford, had some valuable things to say about the impact that can be achieved when churches work together to serve a community More ...
Soul Space - a new Ipswich initiative
Tim Yau writes about a recent initiative in Ipswich to bring a Christian perspective to people who are interested in exploring spirituality through visiting mind, body and spirit fairs. More ...
Bishop Nigel speaks of new Archbishop's confirmation
Bishop Nigel was interviewed on Terry Baxter’s Radio Suffolk show on 4th February, and spoke about the confirmation of new Archbishop of Canterbury, and current issues relating to the church More ...
Have you changed your email address?
We have noticed that, over time, some people have changed their email addresses but have not contacted Network Ipswich, so our emails are not reaching them. Please let us know of any updates needed. More ...
Snow difficulties overcome for 'Crown Him' event
More than 250 people braved the cold and snow on 13 January to get to Heart for Ipswich’s “Crown Him” event at the Salvation Army Citadel in Woodbridge Road More ...
Well known speakers at local Christian festival
Sandy Millar and John McCarthy are among the well known speakers booked to appear at the Regional Christian Festival “Alive”, based in Woodbridge, near Ipswich in May More ...
Bernard Collinson 1919 - 2013
The well known and much loved Suffolk missionary Bernard Collinson passed away on 6th January at the Bethesda Eventide home. David Sheppard writes an appreciation of his life More ...
 
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