In a world where so often things are falling apart, our dream is to be a community that’s coming together.
We are a place to belong. A place to call home. A family.
Burlington Communities are groups of people – like extended families – seeking to love God (UP), to love one another (IN) and to love the people around them (OUT). They are communities of discipleship & mission.
Some communities are based around a neighbourhood, others are a network (eg people at a similar stage of life) and others are based around meeting a need.
All of them seek to connect with God, each other and everyone around.
We will shortly have specific details of each of our 16 communities here.
In the meantime, here are a few examples:
We would love to help get you connected by making some personal introductions. Please contact us.
A community choir offering friendship and building faith
Sing with one of Ipswich’s most friendly community choirs. Whether you’ve been singing for years, or have never sung before you’ll enjoy music old or new. From pop to gospel to classical, world music to folk songs, we an informal and fun community, relaxed but challenging and rewarding.
Open to everyone! - no experience necessary!
Rehearsals are around twice a month. Mondays from 8pm to 9:45pm at the Burlington Centre.
Sewing Cafe building friendship and faith
A welcoming group across ages sharing enthusiasm for sewing. There is always someone on hand to help with your project. We will pray for you and with if you ask. Make new friends and relax over endless pots of tea and home made cake. All equipment is provided and it’s just £3 per session.
Wednesdays 9:45am - 12:45pm during term time.
A group of millenials bridging the gap between young adults and young families
We are a community that meet up to play games, share meals together and discuss life and faith. Our gatherings take place in a friendly, welcome environment where challenge is encouraged and supported by prayer. The aim is to unite people at a similar stage in life through friendship and a lot of laughter!
We meet twice a month for a meal together or a social event.
A community of friendship around prayer and Biblical reflection
We are a small group who meet regularly to read the Bible and pray for one another. Deep friendship is a marker of this group, and good cake too! Meeting in homes, we study the Bible, pray and seek to offer one another pastoral support and encouragement. This group is aimed at our older friends.
A community of friendship and welcome
At Elevenses the Kettle is always on and usually you can find a bacon sandwich too! A community drop in where you will find a warm welcome, others to enjoy a coffee or tea with, and a friendly team offering prayer and provisions. All are welcome.
Saturdays at 10:30am - Burlington Centre
A place of friendship and faith for our youth
Like adventures? Love hanging out with your friends? Want to get to know God better? Eternity is the place for you. Sunday morning we have our own stream as part of the whole church celebration and Sunday nights we gather with our mates in different homes. On Thursdays we have emerge - a time for really working out what being a radical follower of Jesus is all about. Plus so much more - camps, trips and a host of social events - It’s the place to be.
A community serving people on the margins
Every Sunday our Feet for the Street community meets on the church’s carpark. A place for all who find themselves on the margins. You will find a warm cuppa, some food and people to talk to and pray with. Those who have been coming to the community for longer also meet at other times to share life together and learn who God is through courses and Bible reading times.
Sundays from 10am
Building communities around meals, friendship and faith
Gather has rhythms of eating, walking, hanging out and not missing things to celebrate. We worship and pray together, have discipling conversations and are learning to gather people around our homes, networks or workplaces. We long to be a place where people can belong, feel at home and find faith.
Building community around a local supported housing scheme
Impact go into a local hostel each week to hang out, share food and the love of Christ. They provide friendship, support and a welcoming meal for the young people who are part of that community. There are many adventures including trips to the beach, holidays and weekly social nights. The team also pray together regularly and encourage one another in their faith.
Meets on Thursdays and throughout the week.
A community of children of all ages from pre-school to year 6
Our dream is that at an early age our kids would learn to hear God speaking to them and to discover that life is an adventure with Him. We meet in various groups as part of the Sunday celebration, go on days out, and the annual Kids weekend (yr 4 up). We enjoy time together at our Christmas parties and light parties too.
We would love to help you get your child connected by making some personal introductions.
Please contact Heather Barrington our Children’s Team Leader.
A fortnightly meal offering friendship for older friends
Twice a Month on a Thursday our Lunch Club team lay on a feast for our older friends. A hot meal is the backdrop to a place of friendship and catching up with others. Aimed at those 60+ and especially for those who are on their own. For a small cost a meal is provided, followed by a cuppa.
Twice a month on a Thursday.
A community of Saxophone players building friendships and musicianship
Saxceptional is a community of saxophonists who love making music together with informal rehearsals on Monday evenings once a month. They play music from a wide variety of musical styles using saxophones of all sizes! As well as the occasional fundraising concert to help support some of the world’s poorest communities,we love eating together.
The music is suitable for players who can play at about grade 3 level with more complex parts available for more advanced players. Stands, musicand refreshments provided -just bring your saxophone.
Mondays - Once a month.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Many young people find achieving a D of E Award life-changing. It’s a fun adventure and major challenge where you engage with a wide range of activities and achieve three progressive award levels. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part and have pushed personal boundaries, gained new skills and enhanced their CV’s and university applications. Aged 14-24? Then join Burlington’s award group and gain this world leading youth achievement.
Building communities around meals, faith, friendship and ‘Lego Church’
A family that prioritises loving God, loving each other and showing others how much God loves them. We eat, party and pray together and support each other through family life. We equip and encourage one another to show the Love of God to others, including our own Kids. We have regular times of Bible study and prayer, a full feasting schedule, and regular events like Lego Church where we can invite our friends.
A parent and toddler community building friendship and faith
A toddler group that welcomes parents, grandparents, carers and childminders. With a varied theme each week, enjoy our toys, craft and story time in a safe and friendly environment. We have a snack time too. A great place to meet others with small children as well as keeping our children busy having fun.
Meets Tuesdays in term time. 9:30-11:30am - Church Centre
A community of friendship around prayer and Biblical reflection
Faith, friendship and food are what these ladies do best. A community that encourages its members to unpack what the Sunday talk is about, dig deeper into the Bible and to travel this journey of being a Christian together. Meeting in homes they also have times of eating together and building closer friendships.
Bringing women together around prayer and friendship
God asks us to follow him TOGETHER. This community aims to bring women together to encourage each other in their faith, friendships and lives. Meeting around tables, praying and serving together this community helps one another grow together in God.
A place of friendship, support and interest for older ladies
Women’s fellowship meetings are a place of friendship, food and interesting talks. Each term has a varied programme of speakers and talks including sessions on local interest, charities, the Christian faith and world issues. Older Ladies find Women’s fellowship to be a place of fun and support as well as excellent tea and cake.