It is important to us that we understand, and fulfil faithfully the role that God has for us, within our community. By doing so, our ministry and service to God is shaped and developed.

 

Just as our people, and all that they bring in service to God change over time, so does the scope and content of our ministry. We seek to be open to God so that we can be responsive, ready and willing to change, and be changed.

 

That can be both exciting and a challenge.

 

This page sets out the main elements of our Ministry at the present time.

 

More details about specific activities that form part of our Ministry can be found under the Activities banner.

Ministering to God –

Offering worship that honours God,

and celebrates who He is and what He has done for us.

Almighty God is central to our church life and we believe it is right and proper that we minister to Him through our praise and worship.

Tiptree United Reformed Church Singers

(TURCS) is a group of people who love to sing.

 

TURCS learn new worship songs and currently perform them in special church services. The aim is to bring new music to the congregation to inspire and bring us all closer to God.

 

TURCS get together on Friday evenings at the church from 7:45pm for 1 hour.

Read more on the TURCS page

 

Ministering to God's people –

equipping, supporting and encouraging

Elders

In the URC denomination, men and women Elders are ordained, and this applies for life.

 

They are also elected as Serving Elders by local members for a limited period, subject to re-election rules.

 

Elders share the leadership with the Minister, as well as pastoral support.

 

Visitation

The Minister or one of the Elders is available to visit folk at home when needed.

 

 

Request a visit on the CONTACT US page

Prayer Support

Anyone is welcome to leave a prayer request (can be anonymous) either on our Prayer Notice Board near the church entrance, or in our Prayer Register.

 

If you wish to email us with a request for prayer, please do so using the Interact email link.

 

As many as are able meet to pray for these, and wider issues from 9.30-10.00 am on Friday mornings in the church. Our Prayer Network is also an important feature of our prayer support.

 

After each Sunday morning service, Elders are available to meet with anyone wanting personal prayer.

Request a prayer on the CONTACT US page

Encouragement and Fellowship

Our House Group meetings provide an opportunity for our folk to meet informally during the week.

 

People may attend either one according to their preference and convenience of location.

 

The common thread is the focus on Bible study and prayer, and of course chatting over refreshments.

 

Monday House Group (8 pm);

Tuesday House Group (7.30 pm)

Ask for details on the CONTACT USpage

Messy Church

Messy Church is an after-school venture for local families, run in conjunction with St. Luke’s.

 

The events are held once a month on Friday afternoons during term time.

 

We also have “Messy” activities during each Sunday’s morning service. New children are always welcome.

 

For more information see the “Messy Church leaflet” via the Downloads page.

Read more on the Messy Church page

Ministering within the community and beyond, in partnership with other churches and organisations

Children & Youth Work

The Inter Church Youth Group runs from 5.30pm every Monday during term time.

 

It is part of the Tiptree Youth Project Outreach (TYPO) programme. The evening includes a time for supper and socialising, followed by a Youth Alpha teaching session. (there is a nominal charge to help cover costs).

 

For more information see the pdf document “Inter Church Youth Group” via the Downloads page

Read more on the DOWNLOADS page

Tiptree Youth Project Outreach (TYPO)

Tiptree Youth Project Outreach (TYPO) is a Christian charity based in Tiptree.

 

TYPO offers a forum where young people can feel safe, have fun, get active, explore ideas and make friends, all within groups.

 

For more information see the Links page

Read more on the TYPO Webpage

The Street Prayer Initiative

The Street Prayer Initiative is undertaken with other churches in Tiptree.

 

It includes: Prayer Walks; visiting homes around the community and inviting people to share concerns which they would like us to pray for; praying for requests received (at church services and within our prayer network).

 

Request a prayer on the CONTACT US page

Friends of the Chapel Garden Scheme

Down through the years, many local families have interred the remains of loved ones in our graveyard and Garden of Remembrance. Many folk visit to remember their loved ones and we seek to maintain our grounds in good order to respect their memory.

 

Donations towards the maintenance costs of the garden and graveyard areas are always welcome. This scheme was launched in September 2014 to enable well-wishers – Friends – to contribute in a formal way.

 

For more information, go to the Links page (Downloads Section), or get in touch using the email link on the Interact page.

 

Read more on the DOWNLOADS page

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club provides opportunity for folk from local churches, and their guests, to get together over a hearty, traditional fried breakfast - always an enjoyable treat.

 

The events are held monthly on Saturday mornings (8.30 – 10 am) from September to March (except December).

 

After breakfast, we enjoy an interesting talk given by an invited speaker, usually from the locality. All are welcome to come.

 

To see a pdf of the current season’s programme (to spring 2017), go to the Downloads page. if you would like to come, send us an email – Interact page email link. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

 

Get more info at the DOWNLOADS page

Marriages and Baptisms

Enquiries about marriages, baptisms, funerals, and issues relating to the Chapel Garden and graveyard should be addressed to the church via the Interact page.

 

 

Make an enquiry on the CONTACT US page

Working with others

Working with other local churches, groups and organisations, we are able to contribute to and support a wide range of projects and ministries that we do not have the capacity to organise ourselves.

 

 

 

Make an enquiry on the CONTACT US page

Oasis Christian Shop

Along with volunteers from other Tiptree churches, some of our members help run the village Christian bookshop, Oasis.

 

 

 

 

Get more info at their web page

Support for Charities

Programmes and projects that have received our support include:

 

Christian Aid, Bible Society, British Aid for Deprived Children, Hand in Hand, Christian Motor Cyclists’ Association, Colchester Night Shelter, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Tearfund, Water Aid, Mill Grove (children’s work), Disasters Emergency Committee.

 

We continue to support these and other charities where we can.

Make an enquiry on the CONTACT US  page

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