Lightwave is committed to shining the light of Jesus in Suffolk through acts of kindness and practical service as well as worship and witness.
What is a Lightwave Group?
“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.”Mark 12.29-31
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 of 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:-
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. There may be no singing (unless the members are musical) but we find other ways to worship and pray for each other and our local community. We eat together and share the Christ-focused meal often called “communion” or the "eucharist". We 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.
Anyone who wants to can join one of our small groups. You do not need to be a Christian or have faith to be part of Lightwave - if you’d like to explore with us what it means to experience and speak God’s light in our communities that is enough. Having said that, many Lightwave members are also very active members of another church and find that being part of a Lightwave group helps them with the everyday putting faith into practice. Others would not be part of a church at all if it were not for Lightwave. Lightwave enable those who cannot get to a Sunday Service to be fully included in a community based on Christian faith. Our aim is also that people who find Sunday worship too formal or structured for them, especially younger generations and those not familiar with traditional forms of church, will find Lightwave to be somewhere where they can find friends to explore the journey of faith with them.
Walking with Jesus
“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.” Mark 12.29-31