Growing younger - Youth and Young People

Hi there!

I’m so glad you’ve made your way to this page.

My name is Matt, Diocesan Youth and Young Adults’ Officer here in Suffolk.

I am really passionate about seeing young people thrive, helping them discover faith for themselves and finding a home in one of our churches.

I’ve spent my life working in youth work and youth ministry – both inside and outside the Church of England.  I get it and I understand both the joys and challenges of week in week out youth work. I am so excited to be working in this role to grow youth work in churches and communities across Suffolk.

Just so you know – I understand that it’s tough to grow youth ministry and I’m here for you as church leaders and representatives. I’m really happy to come and talk with your youth team or PCC about the kind of things we can do to help make our churches safe spaces for young people to discover faith in Jesus and then to grow in that faith.

Ps. And If you’re really interested - outside of work, I am a mega fan of Cryptozoology, Wonderwoman, Eurovision, the game Risk and work amongst street children in Guatemala and Honduras?! So feel free to ask me about that too!


Scroll down to see some of what’s going on for young people across the Diocese or if you’re involved in youth work (or would like to be!) what support we can offer you.


Each year we GATHER as many young people as we can from churches and youth groups across the Diocese in one place for a day of crazy fun, food and celebration. Who knows how Covid will effect that in 2020/1 but we will see!

Watch this space!


Youth groups across the Diocese

Many churches have something aimed at young people – be that a Friday night youth club or a Sunday morning activity or a link to one of the uniformed organisations…

Here’s a selection of churches and their youth worker contacts. If you live near them why not give them a call?

Church Youth contact and email
St. Augustine’s, Ipswich Matt Cornwell
St. Peter & St. Mary’s, Stowmarket Martin Grey (BBGB)
Southgate Community Church, Bury St. Edmunds Alison Burgess
Bridge Church, Ipswich Andy Buttress
St, Matthew’s, Ipswich Becks Roberts
All Saints’, Wickham Market Leslie Sui
St. Luke’s, Beccles Rich Henderson
All Saints’, Kesgrave Oli Scase       
Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds Sarah Geileskey

Read the latest article by Oliver Scase appearing in the East Anglian Daily Times on 30 September 2020:

Giving back to my community | Weblink

Watch this video showing youth work at St Luke's, Beccles.

Becoming a volunteer or starting youth work in your church

Do you like working with young people? Are you passionate about seeing them develop spiritually, socially and personally? Do you want to invest in someone’s future?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, then do email me, I would love to hear from you! Youth workers are key influencers on the lives of young people.

We can offer bespoke training to your parish, benefice or deanery in the kinds of things that you will need to think through as you start youth work.


Training, licensing, mentoring and support for those doing youth work

If you’re already heading up youth work in your church and want some advice, 1:1 mentoring or further information about Licencing as an LYM please get in touch! You can also visit our Licensed Youth Ministers page.



As a Diocese we have a partner link with a diocese in Kagera, NW Tanzania.  In the summer of 2021 we are planning to have a youth trip out to support them. Obviously Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in these works but if you’re interested email me to be kept updated with our plans.





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Page last updated 1 September 2020. Young people/star photo above by thiszun