When a few farmers realised more than fifty years ago that they should be talking about their Lord and not just their farm machinery at the annual Suffolk Show, they booked a site and set up The Good News Stand.
From then till now a Christian stand has continued on precisely the same site within the Showground and with the aim of giving people a chance to begin to explore Christianity or to meet Jesus as Saviour there and then.
Working in the Suffolk Show context of a rural family day out, having an opportunity to talk openly about our faith with those who want to and keeping up with the increasing sophistication of many other stands is a constant juggling act. We are always looking for new ways to put the Gospel in front of a generation who are losing touch with their Christian heritage.
We will have Christian literature, including Good News newspapers, Gideons’ New Testaments, leaflets, drinks, children’s activities, Christian motorcyclists and a football competition.
We are not set up as a Registered Charity but are Christians from a variety of churches and chapels in Suffolk who come together as a group of friends to organise and run the Stand, supported by individuals and a few churches. We would welcome your donation as it costs £740 this year just to hire the site with electricity connected. Cheques can be sent to The Good News Stand, c/o 11 Mayfield Road, Ipswich IP4 3NE.
Working with us on the Show Days, 30 and 31 May, involves giving a reference from your minister or church leader and someone else who has known you for at least two years. If you think you might want to join us, please contact us on email@example.com to find out more. You are responsible for your entry ticket(s) and travel.
There is a Workers’ Meeting on Thursday 17 May at 7.15 for 7.30pm at Colchester Rd Baptist Church, IP4 4ST entering from Sidegate Lane West, where we will pray and discuss final plans.
You are also welcome to visit us on the Stand. Our 2018 Stand Number is 742 which is on Seventh Avenue in the White Zone of the map.
What we need most are your prayers!