Join Groups

We have a number of groups that meet throughout the year, some weekly, others monthly or now and then. This page gives each an introduction.

Regular Groups

Messy Church

Messy Church is great! It’s a time of play, crafts, interactive stories, games and fun for children and their families. Each time we base our activities on a different story or event from the Bible, and the whole family can enjoy exploring the various choices laid out in the church and garden. When we say messy, it might include jelly, glitter, squashing fruit, bubbles, foot or hand painting, glue, sand, balloons or more. Recently we’ve thrown balls, jumped, painted, treasure-hunted, built giant junk models, raced, collaged, decorated, crafted with food . . . the list goes on. You can make things to take home with you, or contribute to bigger pieces with other people. There are refreshments available throughout the session. Each Messy Church session finishes with hot food for the children.

Messy Church through the year will include:

Messy Lent

Messy Good Friday or Messy Easter

Messy Pentecost

Messy Holidays

Messy Harvest

Messy Light Party (October 31st)

Messy Advent

Messy Christmas

  • Messy Church
  • Saturday or Sunday afternoons, various times through the year
  • St Matthew’s Church, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BP
  • Baby changing, bottle warming, buggy park
  • Refreshments and hot food for children
  • Suitable from around 3 years old upwards
  • Free
  • Contact Ruth Best via the Parish Office for more information or to let us know you are coming

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Home groups

Here in St Matt’s, we believe home group ministry to be a vital part of how we can strengthen our community and support people on their discipleship journey, and so we are keen to see as many members attending groups as possible.  

Being in a group can give you great encouragement, as well as you being an invaluable encouragement and blessing to others.

Home groups in St Matt’s are quite diverse and open to all.  You don’t need any special qualifications or particular knowledge base to join.  Some groups meet weekly; most meet fortnightly.  Each meeting is typically an hour and a half and they run through term-time.  In common between them all is Bible study and discussion, prayer support and friendship and often some food – an area in which we seem to excel as a church!

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Everyone is welcome to attend, so why not try it out? We would love to hear from you.

  • Get in touch with Lizzy via the Parish Office to find out more and slot into a group.

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Sunday School

Kids aged 3-11 (preschool to Year 5) meet during the Sunday morning services for fun, singing and a little learning about who Jesus is. We meet in two groups, and listen to stories from the bible, make crafts and play games. On a 3rd Sunday of the month we all sing together. Sometimes we teach the adult our songs when we go back to church.

  • LAMBS (Living as my Bible says) for children in Pre-school to Year 2
  • FROG Kids (Kids who fully rely on God) for children in Year 3-5
  • Come to the Sunday service for 10am and head out together shortly afterwards
  • St Matthew’s Church, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BP
  • Contact Imogen Catchpole via the Parish Office for more information, to ask questions or to let us know you’d like to come along for the first time. We can pair you up with a buddy to make it easier to get to know people.

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Salt & Light

Young people are a really important part of St Matt’s. We have groups for you to meet in during the Sunday morning services, with your own space to hang out and learn together. There are also several opportunities to get involved during services, from music, reading, drama and helping with the audio visuals. Please let us know if you’d like to volunteer.

LIGHT If you’re in Years 6-8 there’s a great range of activities for you on a Sunday morning. Come and learn about Jesus and the Bible, and make friends with those who are going through similar stuff to you.

SALT For those in Year 9-13 we build on this further, with activities led by our new youth leader Becks Roberts. She will help you explore and discuss life issues, what the Bible has to say, how to be a good friend and how to stand for Jesus at school or college. Youth group also meets in the evenings for more explorations and social time.

An occasional Youth Home Group is another opportunity to address the big issues of the day in the light of the bible. This is a space for openness, mutual support, prayer and learning – and fun too.

  • SALT for Year 9-13
  • LIGHT for Year 6-8
  • St Matthew’s Church, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BP
  • Come to the Sunday service for 10am and head out together shortly afterwards
  • Contact Becks Roberts via the Parish Office for more information, to ask questions or to let us know you’d like to come along for the first time. We can pair you up with a buddy to make it easier to get to know people.

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Only Girls Allowed

What do Only Girls Allowed (OGA) get up to? St Matthew’s women’s group are a lively and welcoming bunch, who meet on Monday evenings throughout the year. Recently we’ve tried knitting, yoga, cooking favourite recipes, exploring, boat cruising, away days of contemplation and quiet, and much more. Our varied calendar of activities throughout the year is led by the interests, passions and enthusiasms of those who come, and is open to women of all ages. We’d love to meet you and get to know you. This is a place to share joys, experiences or worries, benefit from the wisdom of others and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in good company.

  • Only Girls Allowed
  • Every 3rd Monday of the month, from 7:30pm
  • The Fletcher Centre, or St Matthew’s Church, or venues around Ipswich
  • Contact Bev, Vera,Penny of Jackie via the Parish Office for more information, venues or to let us know you are coming

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Men’s Group

The Men’s Group at St Matthew’s hosts a regular breakfast meeting every third Saturday at the Cricketers and various other events through the year.

Saturday Breakfast

You may be one of those people who enjoys a quiet breakfast – come and listen. You may prefer to get stuck in to a good conversation as well as bacon and eggs. You may be keen to explore ideas and issues over a mug of good coffee. You may be looking for company, or a reason to get up on a Saturday morning.

For whatever reasons you come, the Men’s Breakfast is sure to bring you great food, interesting conversations and the friendship of others, from a range of ages and life experiences.

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Seniors

Getting out of the house, meeting other people, having a chat and doing some activities are all benefits you can gain from coming along to St Matthew’s Seniors group. We meet regularly on a Monday afternoon, and always enjoy a great time together. St Matthew’s also hold Sunday afternoon services for Christmas, Easter and Harvest, specifically for older people. Transport is available – please just let us know if you’d like a lift. The services are always followed by a delicious tea and a chance to chat, ask questions or catch up with old friends.

Transport is available – please just let us know if you’d like a lift.

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Craft and Fellowship

Need a reason to get a project finished? Looking for company and a warm place to craft with others? Want someone else’s opinion or advice? Come along to the Craft and Fellowship drop-ins at St Matt’s.

Whether you’re busy knitting, have a mile of patchwork to complete or have set yourself a target of thirty homemade Christmas cards to complete, we’d love you to join us. Bring along your crafting and supplies, plus a packed lunch. Tea and coffee and biscuits supplied. There’s plenty of space, so this could be the place for those big projects it’s hard to find room for at home.

  • Craft and Fellowship Drop-in
  • First Tuesday of the month
  • 10am-2pm
  • St Matthew’s Church, Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BP
  • Refreshments provided
  • Suitable for all crafters. Grown-ups only, because of possible hazards with equipment
  • Contact Kris or Sue via the Parish Office to find out more or let us know you’re coming

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