New website aims to link Ipswich Christians
2009: A sister website to Network Norfolk
, in neighbouring county Suffolk
, has just been launched as a key source of information and communication for the local Christian community.
Network Ipswich launched on January 24 at a joint churches evening and has already been warmly welcomed by the local Christian community.
Backed by Christian umbrella organisation Heart for Ipswich a "Heart in Action" booklet has also been launched. It describes the work of many of the cross-church projects in Ipswich and points people in the direction of the website for more information.
One of the website team, Alan Fisher, said: “We are now praying that many people in Ipswich will catch the vision of sharing news and information via the website and that this, in turn, will encourage churches and Christians to work together to serve and witness to the local community. There is something about this grassroots activity that makes it real and important for the Christian church in this country at the moment.”
The website aims to provide latest news of Christian activities in the town, whether run by churches or the various cross-church organisations which serve the community, and a regular email newsletter is planned.
“In time, we trust that the site will become a key source of information and communication for Christians in Ipswich, particularly when working together to bring the love of Christ to those we live and work with,” said Alan. “The lifeblood will be news of what the church is doing - stories, events and projects - things that will inspire and encourage the whole Christian community.”
Leading up to the launch, the Network Ipswich team received help and support from Network Norfolk communications officer, Keith Morris, and Network Cities, a group of up to 20 similar sites which has been springing up across the country over the last two years.
The Ipswich site already contains stories about the launch of a new church-based debt advice project, a Police sergeant becoming an honorary Town Pastor and the tale of an ex Ipswich Town footballer who now runs a Christian sports training charity.