This project is all about growth. The desire for growth comes from our love for Ipswich and our belief that every neighbourhood, individual, and community in Ipswich matters to God. We must grow our impact in the town to realise our shared vision for Ipswich.
This project is part of the wider Church of England in Suffolk's vision to...
Through schools work, Messy Church and youth groups we are aiming to make young people and young families a priority.
What we're doing:
Developing existing relationships with local schools and building partnerships in secondary schools with CYM
Building teams of people who want to come alongside young people, and create spaces where young people can explore faith in safe and low-pressure environments
Sharing resources and learning like Messy Church, to help churches engage with young families
Running Youth Alpha Courses
Talking about and praying for young people regularly!
Got a new idea to engage with young people or young families? Or want some help doing what you're currently doing more effectively?
Growing in Influence
Churches play an essential role in caring for our communities through food services; partnerships with local agencies and organisations; seeing families through significant life events like weddings and funerals; supporting vulnerable individuals; community groups and much more.
What we're doing:
Churches are focusing their local impact to make the biggest difference - going DEEPER with those they currently have contact with
Churches are partnering with organisations like Basic Life to provide affordable food packages for those struggling in the aftermath of the pandemic
Church are LISTENING to what's going on in their context and their local community, and learning how best to respond to their specific neighbourhoods
We are all exploring how we can bridge the gap so that those we make contact with in the local community also are able to take steps towards exploring faith and getting stuck in in the life of the church
We are sharing good news of the impact that individuals and communities are making so that more people are aware of what their local church is up to
Want to talk about how you can better love and serve your local community?
Growing in Depth
When individuals get inspired and discover a fresh sense of purpose, a new passion or a desire to share good news with more people, we see amazing things happen! That's why we make it a priority to give individuals opportunities to develop and explore their own gifts and discover what God might want to do through them for the sake of others. There are all sorts of different things you could explore through the project...
The Growing Leaders Course
Registration for the next Growing Leaders Course opens soon
Growing Leaders is run over ten months with one session a month. There are three parts to the course, each one having a particular focus:
Part 1: Firm foundations for Christian leadership
Part 2: Key skills for Christian leadership
Part 3: Keeping faithful in Christian leadership
Between sessions, participants meet with their mentors to help them integrate what they are learning into their life and leadership.
‘It’s uncomplicated and theologically sound. All the hard work is done for you and it transforms people from the inside out.’
Major Mandy White, Salvation Army Divisional Leader for Devon and Cornwall