A Bishop's Mission Order and a registered charity.

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 and is accountable to the Bishop.

Annual General Meeting and Notice of Compilation of Electoral Roll

The 2024 Thank you Gathering and Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 29th April. 

If you are part of the Lightwave Community we would strongly encourage you to join the electoral roll. You can do that at this form here, or download a form to give to your group or hub leader at the AGM and Electoral Resources Link below, where you can also find a formal notice of Electoral Roll Preparation and (in due course) an AGM agenda

The current membership of the Lightwave Community Council consists of

Chair and Leader of the Lightwave Community - Ven Sally Gaze

Bishops Visitor - Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison

Bishops Appointees -  Revd Gemma Fraser, Trevor Reeve (Ecumenical Representative)

Elected Representatives of the Lightwave Community - Tony Ciorra, Emma Morris, Revd Diane Grano, Rosalyn Armstrong, Gordon Kerr

Officers in Attendance - Acting Secretary - Nina Seaman; Treasurer - Andrew Gosden

You can contact the Lightwave Community Council by emailing lightwave.community@cofesuffolk.org​​​​​​​

Our Trustees

Diane Grano

Rural Resource Church Leader, Red Lodge and Co-leader of the Lightwave Community

Archdeacon Sally Gaze

Leader of the Lightwave Community, Archdeacon for Rural Mission in Suffolk and Canon at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Rosalyn Armstrong

Safeguarding Officer, Bungay Lightwave Hub

Andrew Gosden

Project Manager, Growing in God in the Countryside and Treasurer of the Lightwave CIO

Nina Seaman

Administrator and Prayer Facilitator, Growing in God in the Countryside project

Tony Ciorra

Churchwarden Hessett and Lightwave group member - Big Tea Food for Thought

Emma Morris

Children and Families Minister - South Hartismere benefice

Gemma Fraser

Community Officer - East Suffolk Council

Trevor Reeve

Trustee, Treasurer and Churchwarden - St Christopher's LEP Church, Red Lodge

Mike Harrison

Bishop of Dunwich - Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Gordon Kerr

Bridge Communities, Ipswich

You can download a copy of the constitution, terms of reference for Lightwave Community Council, minutes of recent meetings and our annual report below. Our Annual Meeting is a chance to say thank you to our trustees and all who minister in the Lightwave Community, as well as an opportunity to share how things are going and to elect Trustees.  


Methodist Partners

The Lightwave Rural Hub in Red Lodge works ecumenically, with Anglicans and Methodists working especially closely together.  To enhance this partnership, Trevor Reeve serves as the ecumenical representative on the Board of Trustees.

Rural Ministries

The Lightwave Community has a special heart for the countryside.  Rural Ministries is a charity that is dedicated to supporting the life and mission of rural churches across the UK. Our story began with an investment from Rural Ministries in 2018, to enable listening to what God was saying about mission in rural Suffolk.  We are part of the Rural Ministries network of churches.  For more information go to https://www.ruralministries.org.uk/

Growing in God in the Countryside Project

The ongoing Lightwave Community was started as part of the Growing in God in the Countryside Project funded by the Church Commissioners from 2019-2025. The large part of its funding comes from this source in its early years.  The Growing in God in the Countryside Board oversees this whole project and the Lightwave Community reports into this board for the duration of the Project.

More details of the Growing in God in the Countryside Project can be found on the Growing in God in the Countryside Page here on this website and on the Diocesan Website here

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