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Weekly Prayer Focus: Christ Church, Ipswich

Week 47

Christ Church is a welcoming, inclusive community based in Ipswich. Formed in 1978, this United Reformed Church and Baptist LEP aims to be a church that shares the love of God love with others, cares for each other and challenges injustice whenever we can. The church is led by Revd Neil Coulson and meets in a beautiful 19th Century building on the edge of the town centre.

The last few months have inevitably affected the way the church worships and lives together as a church family. After lockdown began in March, they adjusted to new ways of worshipping and supporting one another until meetings resumed in the sanctuary in mid-September. Thankfully this has been an enjoyable experience, even with the various restrictions, although sadly, a number of older friends have not yet been able to rejoin these services, due to the risk of Covid.

The church do no livestream but in addition to a weekly service sheet, audio and video recordings of the services are made available later to those with internet access. Presently, as for every church, a number of much cherished parts of normal church life, including the ‘Thursday Forum’ and toddler group, are unable to restart. The return of these ministries is much anticipated, along with the engagement of the wider community when it is safe to do so.

Prayer Points

Thank you for praying for Christ Church this week.  We would especially value your prayers around these concerns:

  • For those within our church family who would very much like to be with us again for worship on Sundays but are unable to do so because of their vulnerability regarding the risk of Covid.
  • For those within the wider community we would usually have been in regular contact with through our church activities.
  • For the important work of the Ipswich Night Shelter, a project that, along with other town centre churches, we have been very involved with from the beginning. Rather than moving from church to church this year, the Shelter now has its own building.  Preparations are under way to get ready for the winter season when they will provide vital support and a place to stay for those who sadly, are homeless and would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.

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