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December 3rd, 2013 by Steve

Hi everyone

Here’s the latest video blog of stuff going on in and around the Forge.  I’m so excited about having the venue for the new location sorted…  Bring on Easter 2014!


Summer stories

October 11th, 2013 by Steve

Here’s a quick update on more summer stories at The Forge.  Enjoy…


Link to Holiday Club video:

Summer trips

September 24th, 2013 by Steve

It’s been a very busy summer with Forge teams heading out to Croatia, Zambia and South Africa.  Catch up on some of those good news stories below…



Mama said…

July 26th, 2013 by Steve

This Sunday is the final week of “Mama Said…”  So just before we sign off on this series, he’s a little song that captures so much of Mum’s great sayings…


Good News Video Blog – July

July 5th, 2013 by Steve

Welcome to this months video blog where we are focussing on stories around three values that have shaped the Forge’s DNA and have helped to bring transformation to people’s lives.  How has living out these values affected and shaped your life?  I’d love to hear from you…


Good News Video Blog – June

June 24th, 2013 by Steve

Here’s a quick update on some good things happening around the Forge at present.  Don’t you love it when God works through His church to bring hope and transformation to people’s lives both locally and globally…


Good news video blog – May 2013

May 14th, 2013 by Steve

Following an amazing three month sabbatical at the start of the year, I’m back and am wanting to share some of the amazing things God is doing in and through all that’s happening at the Forge.  This first video blog is 10 mins longer than the future ones will be but I had so much to share!!  Let me know what you think….


PraySpace at Debenham High

December 18th, 2012 by Steve

Tues 4th – Tues 11th Dec saw the first ever PraySpace in Debenham High School.

At the request of Julia Upton (Head) & David Yaroslaw (head of RE), our very own Matt Levett went into the school to create a week long reflective prayer space in our time of advent. A place where students can have an opportunity to reflect on issues that effect our world as well as issues that effect them personally.” Coupled with assemblies and break / lunchtime opening the pray space took over the school!

All students in Key Stage 3  (yrs 7-9) got the chance to experience the 8 different reflective stations -  from the ‘tree of thankfulness’ to ‘the heart of justice’; from ‘Sanctum Forgiveness’ to the ‘Be Still’ area.

In addition during the middle of this week, DHS saw it’s interim Faith Schools inspection take place.

The response from students, staff and inspectors has been overwhelmingly positive and plans are afoot for bigger and better next year!

Comments from the students have included …

The best RE Lesson ever”

“This really helped me reflect on some quite sensitive events in my life. Thankyou”

“That was brilliant”

“It made me think about everything even though I’m an atheist. Thank you”

“It was a new experience and I found it really fun and there was no pressure even though we weren’t Christians”

“It made me stop and think and made me feel better about my worries. Thanks”

“It was really good. Please don’t leave!”

(during the forgiveness section) “Matt what have you done ?  Its gone. The weight and pain has disappeared. Thank you so much.”


Fab work Mr Levett!


Away in a Hamper

December 18th, 2012 by Steve

The generosity of people at The Forge in giving money towards the Christmas hampers this year has been staggering!  Over £4000 has been given and so 100 boxes of food, drink, decorations, etc will be made up and delivered to families around mid-Suffolk on Christmas Eve.

What I have loved is hearing stories of how this generosity has been contagious.  Individuals and businesses within the community have also contributed, along with Gipping Rotary – some through being asked by Forge people and some through the recommendation of other community leaders.  It’s very exciting and I believe that the church is beginning to influence and model compassion and generosity within the wider community, just like Jesus said we should.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

My Morning Prayer

October 20th, 2012 by Steve

Here’s the prayer I say each morning to start my day.