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One of the most well-known Pentecostal churches in Ipswich – Bethel Church – has got a new pastor.

Bishop Martin H Simmonds, who has led the church for 53 years since starting services in 1961, has stepped down and handed the leadership baton to his son, Nathan J Simmonds.

Nathan, 50, has worked alongside his father in ministry for many years, and is taking his new role very seriously.  He commented, “It is an honour to take on the role of Pastor.”  He added, “It will be a challenge, because this is a ministry that has been going for more than fifty years. All I will be doing is building on a good, solid foundation.”

Under his tenure, Nathan will be focused on growing the church both spiritually and numerically, and providing great pastoral care for members, both new and old.



Rev Jacqueline Peart has begun the first few months of 2014 instituting change at her ministry operation, which has undergone a name change.  Deep Calleth Unto Deep will now be known as Jacqueline Peart Ministries (JPM).

The name change has occurred for a number of reasons.  Rev Peart explained, “The change of name is simply God’s leading and fine-tuning of the ministry.  JPM is not a new ministry, but a repositioning that will bring greater clarity to our vision to the Church and wider community, which has always been and will continue to be to “transform lives through wholeness”.

2014 seems set to be a busy year for Rev Peart.  She’ll be travelling to the US; running courses via her Wholeness Academy; leading a retreat, and continuing with her mentoring programmes.

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Since its inception 10 years ago, Street Pastors, a ministry that sends trained ministers onto the streets to provide support and pastoral care, has become established in towns and cities across the UK and throughout the world.

The latest country to benefit from this Christian-based ministry is Jamaica.

Eustace Constance and his wife, Sharon, travelled to the island to attend the induction service, where 45 street pastors were commissioned.  Straight after the service, the newly-inducted pastors went out to patrol the streets of the Half Way Tree neighbourhood in Kingston, Jamaica. Now that’s commitment.

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Businessman Ray Smoothe, the founder of the Just Cool clothing line, was in Florida, USA, recently to show off his designs at Christian Fashion Week (CFW), a special event which seeks to hold fashion shows based on the Christian worldview.

Not only did Ray Smoothe get to show off his amazing casual clothing designs at CFW, he’s now also thinking of holding a similar event here in the UK.   Whatever decision he makes, please do take a look at some of the clothes from the Just Cool label.  Now, aren’t they cool!!!

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