Church Partnership

Corinthians 12:14

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. And so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

We believe that we are called to work together with churches and other Christians in our communities to show God’s love and light and support the families of Ipswich.

To see this vision thrive, we want local churches to partner with us.

What do we need from the local church?

  • A named point of contact who will take the lead on advocating our services, sharing newsletters, etc.
  • A commitment to praying for Family First
  • A willingness to support families identified within your community as needing help. This could be in a variety of ways: practical help, pastoral support, welcoming and supporting attendance at social gatherings and, where relevant, inviting to church.
  • Potential referrals to our service
  • Potential volunteers from within the church family

What can Family First give to the local church?

  • A source of support for families within your existing church family through our mentoring service
  • The opportunity to get to know new families who don’t currently access your church and show them God’s love and mercy
  • A range of volunteering opportunities, including family mentoring, fundraising, events, etc.

Partnered churches:

Supporter churches:

If you are a church leader or a member of a local church and are interested in finding out more about the church partnership model, please contact Service Lead Sarah Stapleton at


Our work is supported in a variety of ways by grant funders, individuals and businesses. Our vital work with families in Ipswich is made possible by their practical and financial assistance. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

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Family First
The Hope Centre
10 St Margaret’s Street
Ipswich, IP4 2AT

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