<Introduction ….We serve the community in the following ways…>
- St Matthew’s School
- Little Treasures – Baby and Toddler group
- Coffee Break – English language support
- Street Pastors ( in ipswich & at Latitude)
- Support for the homeless in Ipswich
- FIND (Families in Need)
- Other MASA supported groups
- <Should Little Treasures be here?>
St Matthews School
Little Treasures Baby and Toddler Group
We know that having a baby is an amazing experience. We also know it can be exhausting, confusing, frustrating, lonely. Looking after a little one is tough. We get it. While we can’t crack the mysteries of sleepless nights or potty training for you, we can lend a sympathetic ear, make you a cup of coffee and feed you toast. Oh, and we have loads of toys for your little ones to play with. We organise craft activities and sometimes these get messy. There’s singing and story-time. Best of all, lots of other mums, dads, grans and carers are here too, so there’s always someone to chat with, swap stories with and have a laugh with.
Little Treasures is the place to come on a Friday morning. We’d love to meet you. Here we are at a summer party a few years ago.
- Little Treasures Baby and Toddler Group
- Friday mornings in term time, 9:00-11am
- St Matthew’s Church, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BP
- Baby changing, bottle warming, buggy park
- Suitable from birth to pre-school
- £1 per child, to cover costs
This is a relaxed course for adults to practice English if it is not your first language. Come along to enjoy conversational English on a range of useful topics. We run three 10-week sessions through the year, in line with school terms. Learn a little bit about Ipswich and informally ask any questions you may have about how things work.
- Coffee Break English conversation course
- 10 week terms
- Wednesday, 1:15-3pm
- The Fletcher Centre, 2 Crescent Road, Ipswich, IP1 2EX
- Refreshments and materials provided
- £1 per session to cover costs
- Contact Vera via the Parish Office to sign up or to find out more
Town Pastors ( in Ipswich & at Latitude)
Support for the homeless in Ipswich
Ipswich Winter Night Shelter
Many of us have experienced a cold wet night under canvass on a miserable camping trip, few of us have had to endure the winter months on the streets. How much worse must that be? Ipswich has numerous rough sleepers and quite a few more beggars. Jesus showed great concern for the homeless and destitute and that inspired Christians across the town to work together to set-up the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter about 10 years ago with people from St Matthews volunteering from the start. In modern Britain the reasons for homelessness are many and complex, but by working with other organisations across government and charity sectors, under the banner of Help Our Homeless, individuals on the street are known and supported in a coordinated manner throughout the year. The night shelter might provide immediate support to avert a crisis, but the homeless are also channelled towards the full range of support available to help them off the street permanently.
Hope Into Action
Once people are off the street, helping them integrate back into society is the work of Hope Into Action, by not only providing homes and a support worker, but through local churches enabling the once-homeless to develop positive supportive friendships. If this type of community action interests you, get in touch with Jon through the church office.
FIND (Families in Need)
Feeding a family, having nappies for a newborn baby, and getting supplies for personal care. These are all things many people take for granted, but increasingly, in Ipswich and across the country, food banks are providing vital support to families and individuals who are struggling to get by. FIND have delivered over 6000 parcels in the last year.
FIND are grateful for all donations of non-perishable foods with a long shelf life, and essential toiletries and baby supplies. Bedding and furniture can also be accepted. St Matthew’s has a donation point, and volunteers regularly deliver these to the FIND warehouse for distribution. We’d love to deliver your donations.
CMS – Michael Green in Ipswich and Alexandre Teixeira overseas
Supporting a mission partner is often something that happens when someone is working overseas. Michael Green, who St Matthew’s church support through our financial giving, has been working in Jordan for many years, in hospitals and among the Bedouin. Now though he is back in Ipswich, working among refugees and migrants from the Middle East in this town. We continue to support him as he helps those who have recently arrived, and seeks to provide fellowship support to those of all faiths or none.
Alexandre Teixeira is our mission partner in Brazil who works with disadvantaged young people. He is training to be a priest, and upholds the love of God to the people he meets. Alex lives in a very poor neighbourhood. He works to supports the children and young people he meets, providing a stable figure in their lives.
Other MASA supported groups??
<Should Little Treasures be here?>