E-news from St Eds and Ips

Centenary Celebrations : Sunday 23rd November at 3.30pm A special service to mark the end of the Centenary celebrations in the Diocese and Cathedral.  The service will include prayers and reflections on the past, present and future and will be attended by many past Bishops and Archdeacons.  The celebration will be marked by centenary music, colour and dance, and will involve children and young people from across the diocese. 

If you wish to attend, please contact Kim Judge, Administrator at the Cathedral, at liturgy.admin@stedscathedral.org or 01284 748733 giving names of those who would like to attend.  No tickets will be issued but names will be checked with the list for entry.  Please contact Kim by Monday 10th November at the latest.  This will be on a first come, first served basis as there is a maximum number of people that can be accommodated.

Lots more below:

Lead Theft The instances of lead and other metal theft from churches is sadly on the rise again. The Police text / email service allows you to be alerted to crime in your area and has been successful in catching lead thieves in the past. It is an excellent service and one worth joining. All you need to do is to complete a simple on-line form, download a paper version or ring Suffolk Police on the number listed below.

To re-register now online, visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/aboutus/ourservices/policedirect.aspx and follow the instructions.

Alternatively you call the Police Connect Team on between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 01473 613997 or e-mail policeconnect@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

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 298521 dave.gardner@cofesuffolk.org

The first Roadshow input from participants is now available to view on the diocesan website :-


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.

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

Organist/Director of Music Urgently Needed at  St Mary’s East Bergholt, Suffolk/Essex Border (depending on qualifications and experience). RSCM rates honorarium paid. Talented choir needs direction!

Choral Matins monthly. 2 manual Bishop pipe organ, electric action, detached console, 25 speaking stops plus usual couplers. Modernised 2004. Contact: Rev Canon Stephne van der Toorn 01206 392646

Love singing and in striking distance of Halesworth and the Blyth Valley Team? We’ve recently formed a Team choir directed by Karen Wynne Evans. We sing at the Team Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month, and a shared Team Evensong on the second Sunday of the month. All levels of musicianship are welcome, so long as you can sing in tune!  Email The Revd Edward Rennard, the Team Rector edward.rennard@gmail.com

Hundreds of church-goers respond to domestic violence campaign   A campaign to tackle domestic violence set up by the Anglican mission agency Us (formerly USPG) has touched the hearts of church-goers in Britain and Ireland.

The campaign focuses on the work of the Anglican Church in Zambia to support women who face violence – but is part of a wider concern of Us to address domestic violence worldwide. According to the UN, up to 70 per cent of women worldwide experience violence at some point in their lifetime.

Churches and church-goers were invited by Us to order and wear friendship bracelets as a reminder to pray for women. In addition, Us invited people to write messages of support for women in Zambia – with hundreds responding. The messages will be distributed among women in Zambia.

Us – which changed its name from USPG in 2011 – is supporting a domestic violence programme set up by the Anglican Church in Zambia. The church is working with Zambia’s government and other organisations to raise awareness of legal rights, run women’s support groups, and give women job skills and literacy training so they can attain independence if necessary.

Grace Mazala Phiri, National Programmes Director for the Anglican Church in Zambia, says the whole family must be involved if change is to happen. She said: ‘We want women to feel empowered, but we don’t want men to feel worthless. We have to look at both the victim and the perpetrator to bring about healing.’

The Rt Revd William Mchombo, Bishop of Eastern Zambia, says he and his colleagues are working hard to change mindsets. He said: ‘The work we do is about showing people they are all equal, that women are valuable and girls are not inferior to boys. We’re trying to teach the next generation, who will be our future leaders. Part of this re-education involves pushing for women to have a greater role in the church.’

Us has prepared prayers and worship resources, and is inviting churches in Britain and Ireland to pray for an end to violence against women, in Zambia and throughout the world. The mission agency is encouraging churches to set aside Sunday 16th or Sunday 23rd November in the run up to the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

Find out more, download resources and order friendship bracelets at www.weareUs.org.uk/bracelet

Membership Benefits : Association for Church Editors  The benefits derived from joining ACE are encapsulated in the Association’s strapline: ‘Helping you to improve your magazine’. In summary, the Association sets out to provide inspiration, motivation and practical help for editors of church magazines and newsletters, many of whom work on their own and are always working to deadlines.  The principal benefits which go towards achieving this aim are:

· Annual membership fee of only £10, renewable on 1st January. The fee also covers the following year for anyone joining after 1st September. 

· Sharing of ideas by means of a monthly distribution by email of an Ideas Forum with items suitable for church magazines, including articles, fillers, tips, straplines and events.

· Periodic emails sent to members on matters of general interest.

· Regional workshop covering all aspects of magazine production, including the use of computer software packages

· Magazine review service for members who wish to submit their magazine for constructive comment.

· Access to those parts of the ACE website which are restricted to members.

· Local group meetings where editors meet periodically to compare their magazines and pick up ideas.

· Direct personal access by telephone or email to ACE staff with queries and problems.

· Annual meeting held in the Spring, with a keynote speaker.

· Magazine Awards programme held regularly, with a winner’s trophy and Certificates of Achievement presented at the annual meeting.

For further details : http://www.churchmag.uk/

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for 2014–15 now available You can download the lectionary file from http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary and follow the link to the 2015 files.   Please do read the relevant download instructions at the bottom of the page; these contain advice and workarounds for some common problems. It is strongly recommended  that you create a new empty calendar before importing data; this will enable you to easily remove the data if there are any problems with the import.

This almanac is available in a number of formats for Microsoft Outlook, Apple Calendar, iPhone or iPad, Google Calendar and other calendar applications. It can also be synced from a desktop calendar to an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other smartphones (including Android phones and tablets) and PDAs such as RIM’s Blackberry.

This Almanac and Lectionary is offered free of any charge, and without warranty.  As you can imagine it takes some effort to compile. If you would like to make a contribution to costs then donations of Amazon gift vouchers are a convenient method. These can be purchased online at Amazon and delivered by email to simon@kershaw.org.uk .  The Almanac has been available every year since 2002-3 and no charge is made for downloading and using it — this is just an opportunity to make a donation, if you so wish. Many thanks to those of you who have donated in the past or will do so this year: your help makes this Almanac possible.

Sunrise and Sunset  As in previous years your attention is drawn to another utility to generate a calendar import file containing the times of sunrise and sunset for your location. Just enter a UK postcode, and the times will be calculated especially for you! Now you can determine whether it will be dark for your Easter vigil, wherever you are in the UK, not just in London. You can find this utility at http://crucix.com/crosscal

Copying and Printing Service offered   Black and white and colour, up to A3, reducing and enlarging, reproducing photographs, and design work for posters etc.  Also, topical verses written for your special  occasion, to be sung to a hymn tune. Please contact  The Revd David Streeter, Doggetts Farm, New Street, Stradbroke, Eye, Suffolk IP21 5JG, telephone :  0179 384869 email :  davidstreeter@suffolkonline.net for further details. 

‘Prayer Vigil for Peace’ Saturday 1st November, at Felsham Church from 10am to 12 noon.  No one would argue that there are many problem areas in the world today, and it leaves us feeling unsure as to what we can do about it. Well, we can pray.  The Lavenham Deanery has arranged a morning called ‘Prayer Vigil for Peace’.  It won’t be two hours of sitting down trying to think what to pray – there will be a programme, with an introduction and an ending, and ideas for areas that need prayer most. There will be no pressure to pray aloud either.  We promise it will be warm!  Everyone of any faith or no faith at all is welcome to come.  For more details contact revsharon@btinternet.com.

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

Views of Victorian Bury : Saturday 1st November at 7pm at All Saints Church, Park Road Bury St Edmunds

Historian Clive Paine presents a talk with slides – wine and nibbles!  Tickets £6 from Sheila Green – 01284 762774

“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

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

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

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

Remembrance Sunday   St Peter’s Church, Holton contains Holton Airfield within its parish. During the second World War American fighters and bombers flew from here, and every year we remember the pilots who died, as well as those who died from the village. After our own Act of Remembrance at the war memorial in the churchyard and a service in church, we walk up to the airfield; and as we walk we read out loud the names of all the 300+ Americans from the airfield who died during the war. We end at about 12.45 with prayers and laying wreaths at the war memorials at the airfield. The Airfield Museum is open for refreshments and for people to look around.

This year there will be something different. In memory of those who died in the Great War, there will be a “poppy drop” of some 10,000 red poppies over the airfield while we are there, by courtesy of Maurice Hammond from the Hardwick Warbirds; he will probably use an Auster aircraft from the collection, being slower and quieter than the Mustang usually seen over the airfield on their special days.

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

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)

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

Barber Shop Evening with “Herr Cutt and the Barbers”  Saturday 15th  November at 7.30pm in Bradfield St George Village Hall, Bury St Edmunds IP30 0AS.  In aid of church loo fund!  £10 per ticket to include a ploughman’s supper. Bar and raffle.  Phone 01284 388175 for tickets or more info.

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).

Suffolk Theology Forum welcomes all to its meeting on Wednesday, 19th November 7.30pm  The Revd Professor Martin Henig will speak on Creation, Animals and Christianity.  Venue: St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3PL.  No need to book.  Easy free parking adjacent.  Entrance £5 (£4 retired & students).  Revd Prof. Martin Henig DPhil, DLitt, FSA is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Vice-President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals and a founder member of the Voice for Ethical Research in Oxford.  His professional career has been as an archaeologist, lecturing at Oxford, with special expertise in Roman art, culture and religion. He was recently ordained as an Anglican minister and is a novice in the Third Order of St Francis.  Queries: Elizabeth Moore, Forum Secretary, 01359 230161 eymoore@talktalk.net

Prayer Ministry Training Day Have you ever felt inadequate in your prayer ministry?  On 22nd November 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).

The Inaugural Edmund Lecture    Desecration, Consecration and Sacrifice will be given by Professor Roger Scruton on Sunday 23rd November at 7.30 pm.   Professor Scruton is a writer, philosopher and public commentator and has written widely on political and cultural issues and is currently senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC where he is pursuing projects on the need for a new urbanism and on the cultural impact of neuroscience. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Refectory. Cost £10.00 (students £5.00). For further information and to book please contact Jayne Whiteman on 01284 748722 or email deanspa@stedscathedral.org

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 25th November

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!

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)

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.

Singing4Fun : Saturday 8th December from 2pm-4pm – The Osborne Room, All Saints Church, Bury St Edmunds.  £2.50 per person – more information available from Sheila Green 01284 762774

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.

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 November edition! 


‘Going for Growth” course at St John’s College next February  For many years this has been offered in 5 Wednesday afternoon sessions and so has been restricted to fairly local clergy and other church leaders. Last February for the first time it was offered in the form of a residential to enable participants to come from any diocese. This format proved extremely successful and is being repeated in February 2015.

Further details: http://www.stjohns-nottm.ac.uk/assets/PDFs-FORMS-for-download/g4gbookingform2015.pdf

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