The Forge exists to help people find and follow Jesus.

 

The vast majority of people in our locality don’t usually attend church, so we’re committed to being a church community that unchurched people love to be part of

Everyone is welcome at The Forge Community Church. You don’t have to be any particular age, you don’t have to dress up, dress down or clean up. Whatever fear you have about not being accepted; whether you’re divorced, depressed, a single parent, in debt, an addict, gay, transgender, an atheist or a sceptic. Please just come as you are… we’d love to get to know you.

We would love to invite you to attend one of our Sunday Services

Whatever your thoughts on church, whatever your beliefs about God, YOU are welcome here. Curious enough to come see for yourself? It all begins with a warm welcome; a community that you can be part of.  Our Adult service follows this up with great music and an engaging message that’s tied into your everyday life; capped with a time to relax, enjoy refreshments and make friends. 

How long is a service?

We meet for an hour each Sunday, but you’re welcome to arrive earlier and hang around afterwards if you’d like. It’s a prime opportunity to ask questions about the church and to get to know us.

If you’re dropping off Kids or Young People we suggest arriving 10mins before the service begins to allow plenty of time to get them registered and settled.

Do I have to believe anything?

If you’re not sure on this whole Christianity thing, you’re in the right place! We carefully construct our services each week with people like you in mind.

You won’t be alone, each Sunday we have rows of people that range from complete sceptics and simply curious, to full-blown, sold-out believers. Whatever your views on faith, church, Christianity or Jesus, you are very welcome. We’d love to get to know you!

Do I need to do anything?

Nope. Please just come as you are. We can guarantee that you won’t be put on the spot, singled out or embarrassed and we certainly won’t fire questions at you.

We’d love to get to know you, but most of all, we just want you to enjoy the experience so much that you can’t wait to come back again the following Sunday!

What do I wear?

We want you to come as you are; you definitely don’t have to dress up. We just want you to feel comfortable and welcome, so there’s definitely no need to stress out about your outfit!

Whatever you’d normally wear to pop down the shops will certainly be sufficient. Some of our behind-the-scenes volunteers wear branded t-shirts, but there’s no uniform; those on stage in the Adult congregation tend to dress informally.

Can I just turn up on Sunday?

We’d absolutely love to see you this Sunday at any of our locations across Suffolk. You can click here to get an overview of our locations. 

If you’d like the Location Leader to meet you on the door personally, or if you have any questions you’d like to ask them directly before you visit,  please click here to plan your visit.

What happens on Sunday?

Our aim is to create a contemporary service that offers clear next steps for everyone – no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.

The whole service is an hour long. To begin, a friendly host will take to the stage and will walk you through everything that’s going on. Our music team then tend to lead us in about 15 minutes of engaging music. After that we’ll sit and hear a 25min message from the Bible that’s tied into your everyday life. At the end of the service feel free to stick around to ask questions and to get to know people.

What’s available for my family?

We believe that kids and young people are a crucial element of our community; they are at the heart of all we do. From babies all the way up to teenagers, we create tailor-made environments, crafted around the requirements of each age-group. It’s a chance to hang out with others their age, make friends and run through an age-specific programme. 

On arrival at any of our locations, anyone under eleven will be guided through our ‘Kids Check-in Process. If you’re new, you may need to supply our registration volunteers with a few details, so we can be sure your child is given the full care and attention they require.

All our leaders (aside from being well trained and background checked) love having fun and paying attention to what’s going on in the life of your child or young person.

Who am I going to sit with?

Each week at The Forge friendly faces will greet you at the door, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have or to show you where to go.

Don’t be afraid to let any of our team members know it’s you first time. We want to ensure you feel comfortable and at home. If you’d like, our Welcome Team will happily introduce you to others, find you a seat, or give directions to any of our other facilities.

If you’d like the Location Leader to meet you on the door personally, or if you have any questions you’d like to ask them directly before you visit,  please click here to plan your visit. 

Does it cost anything?

Not at all; as a visitor we are so grateful you would choose to give up an hour to attend church with us. 

The work of the Forge is funded through the unbelievably generous, regular giving of individuals -but no one is under any obligation to partake in this. 

Each week we stress how important it is to generously give back to a God who, we believe, has been lavishly kind to us; but this is only for those that would call themselves part of the Forge, that would call our church ‘home’.

Can I watch online?

We recognise that in this day and age many people want to ‘visit’ before they physically attend. Therefore, if you click here on Sunday mornings at 10:30am you can watch a full stream of our Debenham service including the music, message, and even an introduction from our Stream Host (specifically tailored to those watching online).

If you can’t make Sunday morning, click here to view a back-catalogue of our most recent messages (or any past series) on demand.

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