For Christians, following Jesus shapes the whole of life, not just Sundays.
There’s plenty going on all through the week with an emphasis on encouraging and supporting one another in every day living.
There’s bound to be something for you!
We are situated close to the centre of a lovely Suffolk market town on the edge of the Vale of Dedham. The church is an exciting place where people of all ages enjoy meeting together to worship God, and find their place in serving him and making a difference in the world.
Church Mission Statement
Our goal is ‘To make Jesus known and real.’ We encourage the working out of this goal individually as we each serve God where he has placed us. As a church, the Mission Statement underpins our mission and ministry in many different community activities locally, and in our commitment to World Mission. In 2009 we sent a team to Soweto, South Africa, with BMS World Mission & we support our BMS link missionaries. This year we are joining with other churches in the town to carry out a Sudbury Mission in May.
We continually challenge the Church with this goal by encouraging engagement with activities run in the church but also with activities run within our local community. We have an active Sunday youth programme, engaging all ages, and have mid-week groups for the 9-18 age range which have a more mission based aim. Our pre-school groups continue to thrive. We have a well established weekly group for the older members of our community (Meeting Point) & we also run ‘Holiday at Home’ which is a 3 day programme for the elderly during August, averaging about 60 people. All groups are run by volunteers from within the church fellowship.
We now have a well established ‘Messy Church’ which has been running for 5 years with 30-40 families attending, our challenge now is to offer the next step for those seeking faith. During school holidays we run SNAP (Special Needs Activities and Play) days which has a committed group of families with special needs children who receive support and play.
We have a particular financial commitment to Baptist Home Mission and BMS World Mission. We also give to many other bodies who are helping to take the message of Jesus to other parts of the world. As a church this year we gave 18% of our income directly to outreach and mission.
The church is founded on the Word and Sacrament. We are evangelical and bible based, and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Groups from the church regularly attend Grapevine/One in Lincoln which is organised by ‘new life’ churches.
We seek to be a welcoming church to all. Leadership is provided by a team of men & women appointed to serve as Deacons by the Church Meeting.
Sunday worship is the focal point of our life together. Services are mostly informal, using both newer more traditional worship styles and songs with some use of traditional hymns, the style varies depending on who is leading the worship but the format is generally standard. We have several gifted worship leaders, supported by our music group which comprises of various instruments including keyboard, guitars, wind, brass, strings and drums. A variety of people lead services.
Each service includes the reading of scripture, sung worship and prayer which lasts approx 90 mins, the children leaving after 30 mins for their groups. At the heart of our worship is the preaching of God’s word, which is designed to help Christians live out their faith in the world. Our services are usually held at 10.30am.
On Sunday mornings we usually have around 80-100 adults & 10-25 children of all ages in worship. Visitors are always welcome. Refreshments are served in the rear halls following most morning services, and all are welcome to stay.
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper once a month, usually on the first Sunday morning of the month. All who love the Lord Jesus and are seeking to follow him in their daily living are welcome to share the bread and wine.
A full program for children & young people are available on Sunday mornings.