Community and Public Affairs
- Community Affairs-+
A team of people in the diocese seek to resource parishes and deaneries in their growing engagement with the local community. This provides the context for the developing ministry and mission within a particular church, so engagement with it is a vital component of our understanding and helps us put our faith and discipleship into action in that context and beyond.
The team consists of those who hold a portfolio or responsibility within the diocese for a particular part of that local outreach into the community. An example might be Sally Fogden, Chaplain to Agriculture, who also maintains connections into rural issues via the Rural Coffee Caravan. Another might be Charles Jenkin, Advisor on Inter-faith, or Paul Tyler, responsible within the North Bury Team for Community Development. All team members endeavour to respond to requests from local churches for advice, information and ideas for an effective ministry and mission. Kathleen Ben Rabha, the Diocesan Officer for Community Affairs, is able to respond to any request from parishes under the ‘Growing in Influence’ strand of the Growing in God programme, and can offer consultancy and ideas on how a church continues to interact with its immediate surroundings and also beyond it.
All this work of engagement-
- Feeds into intercessions and worship,
- provides opportunities to each and every Christian disciple to put their faith into action, and
- gives information to help shape the witness of their local church to the local community.
Agriculture - Sally Fogden
Community Development - Paul Tyler and Kathleen Ben Rabha.
Deaf chaplaincy - Vacant
Dementia - Kathleen Ben Rabha
Disability - Jonathan Olanczuk
Domestic Violence - Paul Daltry and Kathleen Ben Rabha
Environment - Vacant
Gypsies, Travellers and Roma - Betty Wells
Higher Education Chaplaincy - Tracey Allen
Hospice Chaplaincy - Sharon Connell
Housing Association Chaplaincy - Jan Fowler
Inter-faith dialogue - Charles Jenkin
Mental Health chaplaincy - Kate Holmes
Mental Health-general - Kathleen Ben Rabha
Mission to Seafarers - Vacant
Action and Outreach - Sandra Griffths
Away from it all holidays -Beryl Mee
Prison chaplaincy - Tony Fowler
World Development - Carol Mansell and Richard Stainer
Please contact Kathleen Ben Rabha on email@example.com to obtain contain details for the above people.
- Public Affairs-+
This is the diocese having dialogue with the county organisations and structures and in some cases with national bodies as well, on all matters that affect the lives and circumstances of all the people who live here. As officers and staff from the diocese, we seek to draw on the insights of our faith to have conversations with the County Council, the Police, the Health Service, the Criminal Justice system and all the providers of services, about the impact they have on individuals and communities.
This dialogue is undertaken on behalf of parishes and deaneries, so that they are made aware of how intended changes, for example, in the provision of social care to the most vulnerable in our communities, will be done, given the present requirement to save money. Caring as we do jointly for all the people who live here, the dialogue may take the form of a challenge, or a seeking for partnership, or acting as a critical friend, asking questions. We are all aware of the social issues we face as a society. Our faith teaches us to ‘seek the welfare of the city’ and to pray for those in leadership over us, but it also teaches us to challenge injustice and respond with others to human need by loving service. (Marks of Mission 3 and 4).
We are able to have this dialogue because of the witness of all our local churches. Our presence as the Church of England in every community within our diocese, our connection with other denominations, with local people, and our standing within communities, all combine to provide the necessary credibility and integrity. Because of this local interaction, we can have conversation with all kinds of county bodies and in so doing, inform our parishes and deaneries of changing priorities, developments and policies, that affect people in our communities and therefore impact on the ministry and mission of the local churches.
- Collaborative Mission-+
Christians and congregations often come to together to serve their communities and meet needs that they couldn’t do on their own. Examples of these are:
- Town Pastors | Webpage
- Ipswich Winter Night Shelter | Webpage
- CYM | Webpage
- Families in Need | Webpage
- Hope into Action Ipswich | Webpage
- Rural Coffee Caravan | Webpage
- Home for Good | Webpage
- Inspire - Counselling and Training | Webpage
- Perspectives | Webpage
- Ipswich 4 Family | Webpage
- Talitha Koum | Webpage
The Revd Canon Paul Daltry has helped set up a number of these projects including Town Pastors, the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, Hope into Action (providing housing for the homeless) and Open Up ( a new project looking to educate about Domestic Abuse and support victims and survivors). He is able to advise about researching these sorts of work, linking with key agencies, getting the project started and ensuring that proper governance is in place.
- Contact Paul Daltry, 01473 217739 | Email
- Deaf Awareness in Church | PDF
- Travellers and The Church | PDF
- Disability Policy | PDF
- Environmental Policy | PDF
- All Inclusive Report | PDF
- Disabled People and our Church Questionnaire | PDF
- Questionnaire Guidance Notes | PDF
To connect with the work of Community or Public Affairs, please contact:
Kathleen Ben Rabha, Diocesan Officer for Community Affairs, via firstname.lastname@example.org