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Diocese receives National Church support to accelerate mission plans

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

The Church of England in Suffolk is delighted to announce that we have secured £4.95m Strategic Development Funding from the national Church.

The funding, which will span six years, will be directly invested into two projects, Inspiring Ipswich and Growing in God in the Countryside.  By 2025 it is anticipated that at least 2,500 more people will become active members as the result of the new opportunities created to encounter and explore Christian faith. 

Bishop Mike Harrison says, “We have seen recently the important role that the Church has in supporting communities during the most difficult of times. This funding offers us the chance to build on that presence and provide greater opportunities for people who want to explore the spiritual side of their lives and Christian faith.  This investment in Suffolk enables us to accelerate our existing vision and plans to create flourishing church communities that make a difference to the lives of those they are there to serve.”

Inspiring Ipswich will generate a greater Christian presence throughout the town by actively reaching out to the Ipswich population through church-led community engagement.  The project will provide all Ipswich parish churches with training and the opportunity to learn together to be more effective in supporting the needs of their communities and three existing churches will each create two new church gatherings in different areas of the town, to be more local and accessible. 

Growing in God in the Countryside will tackle rural isolation through developing new and innovative approaches to reaching the community.  The funding will enable the creation of a network of fun and informal smaller church gatherings that seek to enable faith and community to thrive in rural areas.

Anna Hughes, who leads the central administration of the Church of England in Suffolk, says “We are committed to growing and maintaining a vibrant Christian presence in Suffolk.  This funding enables us to resource our medium-term plans through these ambitious new projects, which will support our increased engagement throughout the county.” 

The funding is part of a national Church of England programme that is investing a total of £35 million to fund a bold new series of similar projects throughout the country, with a focus on reaching children and young people, students, families and young professionals across the country in city centres, outer estates and rural areas.

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