A new church plant, the Ipswich Pentecostal Church, has been established at Rushmere Village Hall. Graeme Duncan joined them for a Sunday worship service to find out more.
Ipswich Pentecostal Church is a new church plant, meeting in Rushmere Village Hall. A small group had been meeting informally in various homes around Ipswich over the past fifteen years, and then in St Albans school during the last three years with visiting pastors from London coming to preach and teach. A weekly Wednesday prayer meeting was also being held in the premises of Kemball Street Gospel Hall, Ipswich.
Earlier this year the church decided that it needed official status and for that reason a constitution was drawn up and a charity established in the name of Ipswich Pentecostal Church.They are a relatively small but extremely welcoming church who are truly zealously working together as a team to develop their ministry in Ipswich under the leadership of their Pastor. Their main aim is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around Ipswich and also work with other churches in the town to effect this.
One of their trustees, Momino Chacko, told me that their heartfelt desire is to see spiritual growth particularly with people from the immediate area joining them. ‘Our second aim is to provide poverty relief as an expression of our faith’, said Momino, ‘not only in helping local organizations provide poverty relief, but also in helping church pastors in India who are often persecuted and don’t even have enough food to eat. We want the gospel to reach as far as possible…from Ipswich to India !’
The main church service is mostly in Malayalam with English and Hindi translations. However this is flexible depending on those attending. The monthly youth service led by the young people of the church is in English, but no-one is felt left out as there are always translators on hand.
Ipswich Pentecostal Church is centred on strong Bible teaching complimented by a love of
worshipping God and communion with him through individual and group prayer. ‘At the core of our work’, said Momino, ‘ is a keen desire to reach out to the local community with the good news of Jesus Christ.’ To achieve this they are active in a variety of evangelistic outreach including; events and special services, the Sunday School, youth meetings, helping towards poverty relief, handing out leaflets during local events and some door to door visiting. ‘We seek to glorify God in all that we do’, said Momino.
Ipswich Pentecostal Church meets each Sunday at Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Rushmere, Ipswich, IP4 3PD
10am – Sunday School
10am – Bible School
11am – Worship Service
Wednesdays – 7.30pm Prayer & Worship @ 142, Kemball Street, Ipswich, IP4 5EA.
Fridays – 7.30pm Prayer & Fellowship in various church members’ homes
You can contact them by:
Telephone: 07504 821 502