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St Thomas Pilgrim Community

Would you like to explore living in a small community with others in Ipswich, who are searching for God and a way of life integrating faith and action?

At St Thomas Pilgrim Community we offer a Christian Community - residential and non-residential in Ipswich - currently seeking residents and welcoming new members!

St Thomas's Pilgrim Community is based in North West Ipswich.  It offers companionship in the adventure of seeking God in the everyday rhythms of life, by eating together, dwelling on the Scriptures, praying together, sharing our lives and seeking to make a difference in that neighbourhood, and wherever we live and work.

The community was started by the Revd Jutta Brueck, who is the priest-in-charge of St Thomas’ Church in North West Ipswich soon after her arrival in the parish, in February 2016.  Jutta invited people with an interest or longing for community rooted in God, of any age, background, church or circumstance in life, to meet fortnightly with others, to pray for guidance and the development of the community.

Our first resident, Helen, moved into the community house in June 2016, and nine other people (several of them also members of St Thomas Church) have come forward to belong to the community as non-resident members. Helen has a full-time job; some of the community are retired; others are clergy, some of our inquirers are unemployed.

There is a thread linking us together - we all value the opportunity to integrate our faith and lives through the pattern of prayer and prayer walking, study, conversation and friendship that’s emerging. The fortnightly prayer meetings continue to provide a space for anyone to come and be alongside us and explore, if they would like to join us.

We are praying to attract more residents, people with a heart for mission, to reach out to the wider community in Ipswich, especially in our local neighbourhood, which includes the Whitehouse estate with many families, a large primary school and a secondary school. 

The St Thomas Pilgrim Community would be ideal for anyone with a heart for pioneering, who would value belonging to a community that provides a place of hospitality, acceptance, prayer and companionship on their own journey of seeking God. 

Resident members are expected to commit for a year, but can stay longer by mutual agreement.  Resident members will contribute towards the cost of the community house and food bills, but there is flexibility depending on their circumstances. We would look to find funding for anyone who wants to be in full or part-time ministry serving God’s mission in Ipswich.

Leaflet | PDF

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Prayer Card | PDF

To find out more contact: The Revd Jutta Brueck, at St Thomas’ Vicarage or

This project is supported by St Thomas’s Parochial Church Council & the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich