Welcome to Lightwave.
Lightwave is about shining God's light in Suffolk. We are a Christian community, meeting in small groups, especially in rural areas. The name comes from the idea of light waves being the way in which light spreads into dark places.
Lightwave is committed to shining the light of Jesus in practical ways. Our groups are involved in combatting isolation and poverty, engage in youth work, care for creation and agricultural chaplaincy. We'd love you to join us...
We believe that Jesus calls all people to follow him and is concerned with our everyday lives. We aim to be church for people who don't normally "do church" and our groups may meet in homes, pubs, offices, schools as well as churches.
Lightwave groups do the essential things of a church - but different ways, suited to the needs of members in a small group who get to know each other well. So there are no sermons - but we study the Bible and try to put it into practice in our lives. We eat together, have fun, support each other and try to put faith to work in practical care for friends and neighbours and the most needy in our society. We share the special meal which Jesus gave to his followers called "eucharist" or "communion". We are part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and always seek to collaborate with and support more traditional churches too.
Our vision is for more people to come to know the light of Christ in Suffolk. We pray that each group is part of a great wave of God’s love.
Anyone who wants to join one of our small groups. You do not need to already be a Christian, just open to explore and to join in.
Lightwave enables those who cannot get to a Sunday Service to be fully included in a community based on Christian faith.
The Lightwave Community is a Bishop's Mission Order under the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in the Church of England. This means that Lightwave aims to be Church for people who don't normally "do church", shining the light of Christ in various ways across Suffolk. Lightwave is also a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Charity No 1193242). We have a Board of Trustees known as the Lightwave Community Council which works in a similar way to a PCC in the Church of England. Find out more on our Governance and Partners Page.
The Lightwave Community was started as part of the Growing in God in the Countryside Project funded by the Church Commissioners from 2019-2024/5. More details can be found on the Growing in God in the Countryside Page here on this website and on the Diocesan Website here