ENEWS  16th October 2014 

Lead Thefts from Churches

October’s Rural Report


Growing in God Roadshows

Elix Church Maintenance

Ebola Crisis

Remembrance Sunday

Sharing your Ambitions

ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL’s October eZine publication


Would you like to join the Pilgrimage to Kagera?

Prison’s Week : Dame Anne Owers to come to the Cathedral – Your questions invited  


Advance Notice: Open the Book  7th March 2015

Messy Church training day being hosted by St Marys and St Botolphs Church, Whitton on Saturday 13th December


Riding Lights inspire with Fantastic Acts! Wednesday 26th November, 7.30pm : Lavenham


Riding Lights take on the Book of Acts… and beyond  All Saints Church on Chevallier Street Ipswich on 25thNovember


Bury Theatre Workshop Presents The Comedy of the Virtuous and Godly  Susanna by Thomas Garter


Mid-Suffolk Filling Station

Book Sale : All Saints Church, Acton  1stNovember 2014 


“Songs of Life and Love” performed by Opera and More 1st November 2014 7pm  

Concert –  Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir –  1st November 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh   

Inside the Mind of the Author  Dave Tomlinson 3rd November at 6.30pm-8.30pm  The London Centre for Spirituality


Ipswich Deaf Society services

An evening with Stuart Townend 4thNovember

The Filling Station : Stratford St Mary on 5thNovember  

Prayer Ministry Training Day :  Stratford St Mary on 22nd November


“Faith in the Fog” : An evening with Jeff Lucas and Searchlight Theatre Company – Tuesday 25th November at 7.15pm St Peter’s Church, Sudbury 


Armed Forces Veterans Health and Information Event : Friday 14th November

CRIBFEST – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh   

‘A Glorious Light,’ the new Christmas collection from Charles Timberlake and John Daniels  


“Angels”- Jane Williams – speaks about Angels – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh


Christmas Starts with Christ campaign ‘stemming the tide’  


Lead thefts from churches  Sorry to say that the theft of lead from church roofs has raised its ugly head again. A small number of churches in the west of the diocese have been targeted along with some in the dioceses of Norwich and Ely so please be alert. Make sure your roofs have been treated with Smartwater and you have registered the application with the Ecclesiastical. This second point is vital to ensure you have insurance cover for any theft. Remove items from round your church that could be used to gain access to roofs – wheelie bins are a favoured tool and can be used to transport the lead to waiting vans. More information can be found on the Ecclesiastical’s website http://www.ecclesiastical.com/churchmatters/churchguidance/churchsecurity/theftofmetal/index.aspx

Finally, your personal safety is paramount, so if you see anything suspicious ring 999.


Growing in God Roadshows Bishop David would like to invite you most warmly to join in one of the Diocesan  Growing in God Roadshows this autumn. “I believe that our four priorities of growing in depth, number, influence and younger offer a powerful and practical framework within which each of us can discover and develop God’s good future for our own parish or place. The Roadshows are a great opportunity to start praying and planning your response.”                                                                


Dates for your diary.

3.00pm Sunday 19th October : St Luke’s Church Beccles

3.00pm Sunday 26th October : St Peter & St Mary’s  Stowmarket

7.30pm Thursday 6th November : St John’s Church Saxmundham

7.30pm Tuesday 18th November : St Peter’s Sudbury


For more information contact The Revd Dave Gardner, Director of Mission, 01473 298521dave.gardner@cofesuffolk.org  


Elix Church Maintenance   You may be aware of the Elix church maintenance scheme which came to an end last winter. Indeed your church may have been part of the scheme. We have been busy this year in preparing for the launch of Elix 2 and I’m pleased to say that we are now open for business. 


Once again we are indebted to the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust for generously subsidising the cost of the work for the first 150 churches to sign up. The grant will represent 50% of the cost before VAT as listed churches can apply for a VAT “refund” through the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme – www.lpwscheme.org.uk   


There are some changes to the earlier scheme – most notably the price. This has had to rise to £350 plus VAT but is fixed for the five years of the scheme. The cost of cherry-pickers or other specialist equipment is not included and will be subject to an additional charge. However, a grant will be available towards the cost for the first 150 to join. Elix churches will have to be also members of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. Finally, in order to make the system as smooth-running as possible and keep costs down to a minimum, we are asking you to pay by annual standing order. A simple form and all terms and conditions are included in the brochure.

If you would like to discuss Elix 2 with someone then please contact James Halsall or Charlotte Hodgson on 01473 298533 or email elix@cofesuffolk.org .  Don’t delay in applying to ensure you are within the first 150 and therefore receive the £150 annual grant. Please download the form and standing order from http://www.cofesuffolk.org/assets/downloads/yourchurch/DAC/Elix%202%20brochure.pdf 
and send it to: Elix, St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich, IP1 1UQ


Ebola Crisis : Street Child    The Revd Canon Clare Sanders, Rural Dean of Woodbridge and Rector of Carlford Benefice reports that Mr Edward Creasy who is a parishioner in the Woodbridge Deanery and is also a trustee of Street Child, has recently been out to Sierra Leone to see their work in action.  For those of you who are church treasurers, she urges you, when deciding on budget and charitable giving for 2014, to please consider Street Child.  It is sometimes helpful to have a direct link with an emergency, and if you and your people are seeking to respond to the crisis, this may be a way of doing so.  For further information in respect of what Street Child are doing please visit :-  http://www.street-child.co.uk/ebolaresponse


Remembrance Sunday  Are you planning any special services or exhibitions around Remembrance Sunday in this, the year of the commemoration of the outbreak of World War 1?  If so, why not publicise your news in the digital publication ‘The Heartbreak and the Healing’ which is updated on a regular basis and accessible in the Publications section of the website and on the Angels & Pinnacles website. Download a copy of the current issue here http://www.cofesuffolk.org/assets/downloads/newscentre/Publications/WW1Churches8.pdf


Please send pictures and information for inclusion to Marion Welham, Church Heritage and Tourism Officer at marion.welham@cofesuffolk.org


Sharing Your Ambitions  Sharing Your Ambitions is back after the hugely popular event of March 2012. This time we are in round-table mode for a workshop looking at how we can increase our visitor footfall and ensure our buildings are at the heart of our communities.  This event will take place at the St Nicholas Centre on Monday 10th November 9.30am-3.30pm and is especially aimed at church volunteers who have a particular interest and commitment in this area. Speakers include Terry Hunt, Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, and Amanda Bond, Brand Manager of VisitSuffolk.   View the full programme and application form here :-http://www.cofesuffolk.org/assets/downloads/yourchurch/Parish%20Support/Sharing%20your%20Ambitions.pdf


Would you like to join the Pilgrimage to Kagera? An opportunity to visit our link partners and learn more about life and faith. At short notice a space has arisen for someone to join the group.  Fly out on 24th November  Return on 8th December.  For full details email kagera@cofesuffolk.org as soon as possible. 


Dame Anne Owers to come to the Cathedral – Your questions invited  The speaker at the 10 o’clock Eucharist on Sunday 16th November, when we mark Prisons Week at the Cathedral, is to be Dame Anne Owers, DBE, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. We very much look forward to welcoming her. After the service there will be a chance to join and take part in a Q&A session in the Cathedral Lecture Room – you are warmly invited to come to this. We would very much welcome your questions for Anne Owers on any aspect of prisons and the criminal justice system. In order that she has time to reflect on questions, we would be glad if, as soon as possible, you could email your question(s) in advance to Canon David Crawley (cathedral.chaplain@stedscathedral.org).


Bury Theatre Workshop Presents The Comedy of the Virtuous and Godly  Susanna by Thomas Garter (published 1569)  Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 2.30pm) at Churchgate (Unitarian) Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RH.  Tickets £10 (£8 Sat mat, £12 sat eve)  Available on the door and from www.burytheatreworkshop.org.uk  Call Tim on 01359 259361 for more information. 


FANTASTIC ACTS!  Riding Lights take on the Book of Acts… and beyond  All Saints Church on Chevallier Street Ipswich on Tuesday 25th November at 7.30pm.


In classic Riding Lights style – with laughter, insight, vivid story-telling and surprising energy for a holiday in the sun – FANTASTIC ACTS! invites you to take an invigorating dip into the remarkable lives of the men and women who formed the first churches…


Tickets cost £10 each, and are available through the national box office (01904 613000 or at www.ridinglights.org/acts) or via Jane Cornish 07875795865, email jane@cornish.org.uk

FANTASTIC ACTS!  Riding Lights  Can also be seen on Wednesday 26th November, 7.30pm, The Parish Church of St Peter and Paul, Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9QN

Tickets cost £10 each, and are available through the national box office (01904 613000 or at www.ridinglights.org/acts


Concert –  Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir –  1st November 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh   Tickets £7.00 inc refreshments from Pat Fletcher 01473 735775  p.j.fletcher45@gmail.com

Book Sale : All Saints Church, Acton  1st November 2014  – 10am–3pm –good quality 2ndhand books from 40p upwards.  Free admission, refreshments available.


“Songs of Life and Love” performed by Opera and More :  1st November 2014 at 7pm   This popular group of highly experienced local singers will present an evening of popular songs to suit all tastes, from popular classics of opera through to choices from films and music hall.  There will be familiar songs and some new ones, songs of deep emotion and songs to make you laugh.  During the interval there will be a glass of wine or fruit juice, light refreshments, and a chance to look round one of Suffolk’s historic churches, which houses the memorial brass of Sir Robert de Bures (1331) (“The finest military brass in England”) and the fascinating tomb of Robert Jennens, “the richest commoner in England” and the father of William Jennens, the miser whose death provided the inspiration for Dicken’s “Bleak House”  Tickets £12.00 available from St Nicholas Hospice Care Shop, Sudbury, from the church, by telephoning 01787 379275 or via the website at http://allsaintschurchacton.vpweb.co.uk/   All profits will be shared equally between St Nicholas Hospice Care and All Saints Church.


Inside the Mind of the Author –  Dave Tomlinson :  3rd November at 6.30pm-8.30pm  The London Centre for Spirituality (Church of St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA) is proud to present a talk/discussion/workshop on The Bad Christian’s Manifesto, the new book by Dave Tomlinson – Author of The Post-Evangelical, How to be a Bad Christian.  Book free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-author-dave-tomlinson-tickets-13094992475


The Filling Station : Stratford St Mary on 5th November  The speaker at the next Filling Station meeting in Stratford St Mary will be Alison Fenning of the RSVP Trust, whose Christian mission it is to work with the prostitutes in Ipswich.  All are welcome to come and join us for the evening, which starts at 7.30pm in the Parish Room at Stratford St Mary (CO7 6JH).  For further details, please contact Revd Rosalind Paul (rosalind.paul@yahoo.co.uk).


Mid-Suffolk Filling Station  The Mid-Suffolk Filling Station meeting meets on the second Wednesday of every month, in Stowupland Village Hall (just off the A14 junction 50, up the A1120 to Stowupland – nearest post code IP14 4BQ).   7:30pm start.   See http://www.thefillingstation.org.uk/category/midsuffolk/ for more details, or contact Andy Little andrewlittle536@gmail.com


The Filling Station is a contemporary vehicle for bringing Christian renewal and evangelism to the UK. 

The Biblical mandate is from Psalm 114: 8 ‘ Who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.’ The ‘pools’ described here are places of deep spiritual refreshment for the existing church, bringing water into the hard dry areas. The ‘hard rock into springs’ represents the new spiritual life that occurs through evangelism. 


The Filling Station is not a new independent church movement, rather a model of how existing churches can work together to bring new spiritual life to their areas and in the process bring many people to faith in Jesus Christ. One of the fundamental principles is to promote Christian unity. As it says in Psalm 133: 1 ‘ How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! … for there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.’    Are you feeling spiritually dry and wanting more? Perhaps a Filling Station meeting is the answer. 


Armed Forces Veterans Health and Information Event   Trinity Park (Suffolk Showground), Ipswich  Friday 14th November 2014   This information networking event is for Armed Forces Veterans/Ex-Forces.  This is an ideal opportunity to learn about various local health and information services that can support ex-forces personnel now living and working in Ipswich and its surrounding area.  The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and Age UK Suffolk are amongst some 25 exhibitors, which includes Information Technology corner.  The event will offer either a morning or afternoon session in order to accommodate more veterans:  Morning session 9.30am-12pm and afternoon session 1pm-3.30pm.  To register your place, please book online via http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/armed-forces-veterans-health-information-event-tickets-12793966097 (if you have problems booking online, telephone 07979827172)


Prayer Ministry Training Day  Have you ever felt inadequate in your prayer ministry?  On 22ndNovember the Rt Revd Sandy Millar will be leading a day for all involved in prayer ministry, whether lay or ordained, and teaching us how to do it better.  You can come as an individual, or bring your prayer ministry team with you.  The day will be held in the Parish Room at Stratford St Mary (CO7 6JH), starting with coffee at 10am and finishing by 4pm.  Please bring your own lunch.  The cost per person is £5, payable on the day.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience one of our best-loved and best-known teachers of the Christian faith in action.  For further details, please contact Revd Rosalind Paul (rosalind.paul@yahoo.co.uk).


An Evening with Stuart Townend  Performance, chat and Worship with one of today’s leading Worship Songwriters.  Tuesday, 4th November 2014 – starts at 7.30pm.  The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.  Tickets £15 and £12  Box Office 01284 75800  Book online: www.theapex.co.uk  Presented by Southgate Church supporting the work of Chaplain in the Workplace


Faith in the Fog – 25th November 2014 at 7.15 – Sudbury  Jeff Lucas and Searchlight Theatre Company are coming to St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury for one evening on 25thNovember


Jeff has recently published a new book “Faith in the Fog” and this production will attempt to address some of the challenges of doing faith ‘in the fog’, tackling some serious issues like shame and depression, and yet doing so in an entertaining format which we hope all will enjoy. They will also be looking at some of the unhelpful myths that tend to creep into Christianity that actually make living the faith life harder. The evening that is planned will be rooted in biblical narrative, peppered with anecdote and humour, but all designed to encourage our audience to continue to faithfully follow Christ, even if they do so through difficult circumstances.   This is a unique opportunity to hear Jeff again in Sudbury.  Tickets, and further information, are available from: Peter Halden, 32 Canterbury Road, Sudbury, CO10 1LJ.


Price of the tickets is £12 (Concessions £8) – if you order tickets before 10th October they are priced at £10 (Concessions £8) – cheques should be made payable to “Churches Together in Sudbury & District” and a SAE should be included in your application for tickets.  https://vimeo.com/104755715 to see a short video click!


Ipswich Deaf Society All services take place in the St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler St at 3.30pm, and use sign interpretation, voiceover and loop system.  All are welcome.


9th November (Remembrance) – The Revd Canon Charles Jenkin  

14th December (Carols) – The Revd Canon Graham Hedger


Something Music announces the release of ‘A Glorious Light,’ the new Christmas collection from Charles Timberlake and John Daniels.  Charles Timberlake and John Daniels, best known for their gentle, inspirational and contemplative piano and instrumental music, announce the release of their new Christmas collection, A Glorious Light.


A Glorious Light brings Charles and John’s own unique interpretation to well-known traditional carols, creatively combining alternative tunes and crafting medleys – while remaining true to the original melodies of these much-loved tunes.


Four original compositions complement the popular carols, bringing a mix of the old and the new – together with an arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.


The new CD will be available to purchase online via www.charlestimberlake.co.uk/shop.html  from 6th October 2014 and from Christian bookshops.  For more information please email info@charlestimberlake.co.uk.


“Angels”- Jane Williams – speaks about Angels – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh – 14thNovember  6.30pm. Tickets £6.50 – available from the Revd Canon Clare Sanders 01473 735183– revclaresanders@tiscali.co.uk


CRIBFEST – St Mary’s Church, Grundisburgh    From 25th November-30th November a festival of nativity cribs from across the world – this year includes a celebration of angels. There will be artists in residence ; refreshments available throughout the day.


Guided group tours £5.00 per person can be arranged with the Revd Canon Clare Sanders- 01473 735183 – revclaresanders@tiscali.co.uk. These tours are available from the 25th– 28thNovember.  We can open in the evening if groups with to come then – otherwise we are open from 10.00am-5.00pm each day.


Messy Church training day being hosted by St Marys and St Botolphs Church, Whitton on Saturday 13th December 2014 10.00- 3.30 Cost £10.00 per person.  Further details available from Maureen Bonsall email maureen.bonsall@virginmedia.com telephone 01473 710374 mobile 07762001086.


Christmas Starts with Christ campaign ‘stemming the tide’   The Christmas Starts with Christ church advertising campaign, started six years ago, is making in-roads into raising awareness about the true meaning of Christmas, according to a ComRes survey. The release of the survey results come as organisers say that the campaign is backed by the largest number of churches ever.  4,500 churches joined the campaign last year.


All of the resources are available free of cost for download and use through the website http://christmasstartswithchrist.com/ for churches, church groups, Christian organisations, radio stations, newspapers and anyone who needs material to promote the true meaning of Christmas in their local areas.  There are 16 posters, three radio ads, 10 web banners & social media images, the campaign logo and a resource pack for churches available for use this year.


Click on the link below to read a copy of October’s Rural Report :-



Advance Notice: Open the Book  : 7th March 2015  There will be a full day of Open the Book Training for both new and experienced teams and for those interested in exploring this ministry on 7th March 2015.  The venue is still being decided but it will be worth coming wherever you are based in the county.  Some national trainers are coming to join us and we hope to involve local teams in the delivery too.  We have such a lot to share and celebrate in this county with the continuing success of Open the Book in so many schools.  Put the date in the diary now.  


If you would like to register your interest, please do so with Di Barker dibarker@keme.co.uk  


ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL’s monthly eZine publication contains lots of information about what’s going on in the Cathedral – please click on the link below to view the October edition!  



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