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Sarah's Story - Living in Recovery
"Now, I was turning to God – asking Him to give me the strength to turn my back on the drink. But the alcohol had complete control over me – I was powerless. " ... Sarah Page bravely tells how she stayed in recovery from her alcohol addiction... More ...
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Sarah's Story 5th and Final Part 5 - Precious Gift!
I am deeply sorry for the hurt and anguish I have caused my loved ones. However I do not regret the past – nor wish to turn my back on it, because I now understand that my journey has all been part of God's plan for me... More ...
Sarah Page
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Because you’re worth it?
Let’s talk about feeling let down. We’ve all felt it, we’ve all said it, we’ve all done it. In a generation which has an awful lot to say about what it is entitled to, we increasingly feel like we are being let down, disappointed... More ...
Becky Roberts
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Sarah's Story - Part 4 Second Chance!
The day I walkeed into my first AA meeting... It was a miracle... They were speaking my language – and seemed to know my story – my thinking – my feelings – my behaviour – without me having uttered a single word …. More ...
Sarah Page
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Sarah's Story - Part 3 Hitting Rock Bottom
"At what point did my social drinking tip over into dependent, alcoholic drinking? When did it go so horribly wrong? I really don't know." ... Sarah Page bravely tells how she overcame her alcohol addiction... Sarah works for Ipswich based charity, TK More ...
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In God's hands or ours?
So: was the result of the EU Referendum down to the collective intelligence or stupidity of the British population (according to your point of view)? Or was it in fact God’s will for our nation? That’s a tricky question to answer, and it throws up the More ...
Andrew Kleissner
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Sarah's Story Part 2 - Where did it all go horribly wrong?
At what point did my social drinking become alcoholic drinking? When did it go so horribly wrong?"... Sarah Page bravely tells how she overcame her alcohol addiction... Sarah works for Ipswich based charity, TK More ...
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Consumer Christianity
Andrew Kleissner explores the question: "I wonder why you attend the church you do? There are all sorts of possible reasons." More ...
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Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Breakfasting on a 52-week devotional does not mean you will only have devotions once a week. Rather, it means that you will have a ... More ...
John Wedlakes
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It's the little things...
There is a desire in all of us to do the extraordinary. The extraordinary demands much of us, and is infinitely rewarding.... and yet, Christians are to be people whose good deeds shine brightly in a way that is unique More ...
Becky Roberts
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Sarah's Story - Part 1
"Just over two years ago I was moving rapidly down a path of self-destruction and almost certain death" ... Sarah works for Ipswich based charity, Talitha Koum where she now helps other women More ...
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“Pray, think, vote”.
On May 5th we went to the polls to vote for our local Councillors and the new Police Commissioner. And, in just a few weeks we’ll be going again, this time to vote in the EU Referendum More ...
Andrew Kleissner
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Doesn't she look beautiful?
What's your view of the Church? Becky Roberts a student from Ipswich challenges us to look at the Church the way the Bible describes... what do you see? More ...
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Christian music in Suffolk: Cherise Phillips, Singer-Songwriter
Keith Sadler a singer-songwriter from Suffolk writes: "In this months blog I’ll be continuing my look at some of the fantastic music being made by Christian artists in our area."... More ...
Keith Sadler
In God’s name, disagree nicely!
Christians often hold strong views on all sorts of issues to do with God, the Church, morality and even politics. And that can be a good thing: we always need tenacious people of conviction and principle to critique and change our society. More ...
Andrew Kleissner
Soft Play Day
Melissa Naish Coordinator of Home for Good) looks back at the Easter Play Day, and looks forward to Home for Good's 2nd Birthday celebrations coming soon... More ...
Melissa Naish
Connecting with culture, connecting with people
Anthony Billington reviews last year and answers the question: "What dominated your conversations with friends and colleagues in 2015?" then looks forward to 2016 More ...
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The borrowed light of God
Regular columnist James Knight considers the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity More ...
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Suffolk Bishop's Easter Message: He's Not Here!
Suffolk's Bishop Rt Revnd Martin Seeley asks the question: How do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus this Easter? More ...
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Far, far more than charity!
Becky Roberts a student from Ipswich blogs a passionate plea to radically rethink Christian Charity as she honestly faces the personal challenge it presents More ...
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Risen the movie: You'll be glad you watched this!
Having dipped a toe in the water with recent faith-based movies like Soul Surfer and War Room, Hollywood has now gone the whole nine yards with Risen – an epic in the Ben Hur mould with Joseph Fiennes in the lead role. More ...
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The White Goose
Headed up by lead singer Craig Hutton, who works as a youthwoker in Hadleigh, The White Goose are a faith fuelled band creating driven rock music with a passion “to see lives touched, valued and inspired”. More ...
Keith Sadler
We wish we didn't exist!
This week's blog is a call to action from Cinnamon Network's resident writer, Jennie Pollock featuring some of the many activities Christians in Ipswich are involved with More ...
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Time to ditch the cross?
Andrew Kleissner Minister of Christ Church (Tacket Street, Ipswich) reflects before Easter , on the potential problem of popularity that the cross presents today; 'a hugely counter-cultural symbol'. More ...
Andrew Kleissner
Faith in Action
I’m quite used to standing up in front of people and talking. It’s part of who I am and what I do and for me it’s 'reasonably’ comfortable - as long as I’m prepared! But what if the prospect of talking in front of 200 people terrifies you and yet you have More ...
Ken Donaldson
Christian music in Suffolk: Finny Music Ministry
Since I started sharing my music around Suffolk in 2013 I have been truly blown away by all of the fantastic musical talent we have in our area. We are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that is More ...
Keith Sadler
A sense of belonging 
Melissa Naish, Co-ordinator of Home for Good, Suffolk writes "Home for Good, hosted two very successful Christmas events in December 2015, which enabled families who foster and/or have adopted to meet together for fun, friendship and peer support..." More ...
Melissa Naish
We are not divided
Andrew Kleissner Minister of Christ Church (Tacket Street, Ipswich) writes: "I wonder if you’ve ever wondered how many different churches there are in Ipswich. 80? Or 100? Or even more? You might have spent quite a long time trying to come up with... More ...
Andrew Kleissner
Suffolk's Bishop refelects on start of New Year
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, writes about how he is challenged by the magi who came to worship and bring gifts to Jesus. More ...
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History's most famous refugee
'Thought for Christmas' from The Times newspaper: As Christmas approaches we remember the birth of history’s most famous refugee, Jesus Christ of Nazareth... More ...
Matt Bird, Cinnamon Network
Hope into Action founder looks back on 2015
Founder of a homeless housing charity coming soon to Ipswich says, “I think many people in this country instinctively turn and expect the Church to care for the homeless we want to address their deeper loneliness. And we want to enable churches to do ... More ...
Ed Walker, Hope Into Action
Bishop Martin's Christmas Message
SUFFOLK’S Bishop Martin says that commercial adverts by retailers can help us realise the true meaning of giving at Christmas. More ...
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