What is Lightwave?
Lightwave is the new name for the Suffolk Fresh Expressions community: All over the county of Suffolk, there are churches with services each Sunday.
Lightwave is a Christian community, meeting in small groups in homes, pubs, offices, schools and other places which works alongside more traditional ways of doing church. The name comes from the idea of lightwaves being the way in which light spreads into dark places. Lightwave is committed to shining the light of Jesus in Suffolk through acts of kindness and practical service as well as worship and witness.
Lightwave groups do the essential things of church – but in a whole variety of different ways, suited to the needs of their members and the context of a small group who get to know each other well. So there are no sermons – but we read 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. Each group is part of the great wave of God’s love which brings light to our county.
Who can be a part of Lightwave?
Anyone who wants to join one of our small groups. You do not need to be a Christian or have faith to be part of Lightwave.
Lightwave enable those who cannot get to a Sunday Service to be fully included in a community based on Christian faith.
If you would like any more information visit the main Lightwave site.
“The most important commandment,” said Jesus, "is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.”
These commandments reflect Jesus’ values - what was important to him: – a high view of God, a high view of others, a high view of ourselves, and sacrificial love. We believe that these values can be used to set a life-giving framework in which people can grow, and help others to do the same. In Lightwave, they are reflected in a simple 'rule of life' for the small groups:
A – All involved
B – Becoming Disciples
C – Creating Community
D – Doing evangelism
E – Encountering God