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St Francis is part of the South West Ipswich Team Ministry, with St Peter Stoke Park and St Mary at Stoke, working together to serve the people of South West Ipswich.
St Francis is a diverse and caring church built at the heart of it's community, growing as the Chantry estate was developed in the 1950's. It is much more than a church building or landmark - to the people who worship here, it is a space of sanctuary where family gather together. To those in the community it is a safe haven in times of need, and a place of celebration in times of joy.
We are involved in the schools and nursing homes of our local area, and are involved with various agencies serving the vulnerable in our town.
Our worship is relaxed, but catholic, and our theology open and welcoming. We do our best not to judge, but to welcome all who come in the name and love of the Christ who welcomes us. We don't always get it right, but we keep trying - please pray for us.
As part of the South West Team Ministry we are enhanced and belssed by the diversity of worship and tradition within the team.
The SWITM Team Vicar based at St Francis is the Revd Ali Chesworth. Ali has a special interest in hidden disability and inclusion in the church, and is a British Sign Language user (Level 2 and improving slowly!). She has involvement with the Deaf fellowship in Ipswich and serves on Diocesan Synod.
192 Hawthorn Drive
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