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Online Spiritual Direction Events

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If you are someone in ministry during this Covid-19 season then, like a lot of people, you've had a lot to cope with in recent months. Simon Goddard, founder of RiverTree based in Bury St Edmunds, is recommending these upcoming online sessions, led by Lynsey Heslegrave (Baptist) and Mark Argent (URC). The last few months have brought significant changes for...

Catch up on TWO of the Pentecost celebrations this week!

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Celebrating Pentecost together as one Church was not going to be stopped by current virus conditions! Two online events brought Christians together to celebrate in a unique way. If you missed them - its not too late! Lightwave Suffolk was live from across the county, celebrating the diversity of the Church as one body. You can watch again on Facebook...

Suffolk couple’s missionary move to Japan 

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In March, shortly before the coronavirus lockdown hit the UK, Suffolk couple David and Manuela Pawson were heading for Japan as missionaries with OMF International. Timing, they say, is everything. So, moving half-way around the world just as a pandemic sweeps over the globe might not seem like the best idea. However, this is where David, Manuela and daughter Esther...

From Suffolk to Kenya (via West Yorkshire)

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Diane Macdonald is an inspiring woman. Her hobby helps provide a lifeline for a charity which supports marginalised women and girls. Here, Diane explains how it came about: " Driving from Woodbridge along the A1152 towards Tunstall, on the outskirts of Rendlesham, you will come across Jars of Clay ceramic studio. It’s somewhere where you could spend a few hours...

Selig Suffolk Trust seeks new multi-use centre

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Selig Suffolk Trust provides an umbrella organisation that runs both the local Hope in to Action and Ipswich Winter Night Shelter social action initiatives. They are currently seeking planning permission to establish a centre to provide for both of these. Ipswich Hope into Action provides (in partnership with local churches) homes for those in need. Please pray for us as we...

How has the lockdown affected me? A reflection by a priest-in-waiting

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Judith Offord was made Deacon in June 2019. Here she kindly talks to Network Suffolk about her time as assistant curate at All Saints’ Church, Sudbury with Ballingdon & Brundon and how Covid-19 has affected her preparations to become a priest. Judith hopes that her ordination as a priest will now take place in October or November. Judith says; ' The past 11...

Meeting our neighbours…

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Revd John Thackray has been the parish priest of Saint-Mary-at-the-Elms in Ipswich for five years. He was ordained in 1984, was an assistant curate in Loughton, Essex and this is his first post as a parish priest. For most of his ordained ministry John was a school chaplain, in four very different schools. For many years he was also the...

Thought for the Week by Nick Lear

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Revd Nick Lear is a regional minister with the Eastern Baptist Association, a family of Baptist Churches situated throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. Its vision is to “Grow healthy churches in relationship for God’s mission in the East of England.”  Here Nick shares a message he originally wrote for his  member churches; Recent events have got me thinking about ‘optics’....

A rewarding role which makes a difference (paid)

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L'Arche Ipswich are hoping to find local people who are looking for fulfilling work which makes a difference, in the spirit of Matthew 22:37 - 39. If you think that might apply to you, please email Sarah Bugg at [email protected] or message Sarah on Facebook at L'Arche Ipswich

Eyes to See and Ears to Hear….

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In response to the poem re-printed here, written by Rev Garrie C Griffiths, a friend e-mailed him to remark: 'We're not so good at truly appreciating what's on our doorstop'. Garrie, a retired Anglican vicar who lives in Suffolk, shares his thoughts with us in response to his friend's remark. " My wife, Jill and I have been thinking about...

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