New Life Family Church

New Life Church is a family-orientated, contemporary-styled church that has been meeting in or around Stowmarket for over fifteen years. Our meetings are informal and easy to engage with, with something for everyone.

A live band leads off the meeting with upbeat songs that generally speak of God’s goodness, power and works. We then listen to what’s going on in church with Church News. The kids head off to their own sessions, packed with more songs, games, quizzes, stories, videos and loads more, whilst the band continue with some slower-paced songs, more reflective and focused on Jesus.

Then there’ll be a message, usually given by Pastor Mike, or by one of the other leaders, or occasionally by a guest speaker (we’ve had guest speakers from all over the world come visit!).

At the end we’ll finish with an upbeat song, with the kids coming back to join us, and then there’s the chance to catch up with everyone over a cup of tea or coffee. Church is as much about our relationships with each other as it is about our relationship with God.

Our Vision

From the very beginning, God’s vision for Suffolk has been at the heart of all that New Life Church has done, and continues to do. This is our Vision Statement.

God is calling a people out of all religious traditions to live on the cutting edge of faith; to powerfully speak, live and act the good news of Jesus Christ.

Speaking out – faith’s confession;

Living out – powerful lifestyle – actions speak louder than words;

Standing on God’s Word as absolute truth; powerfully enforcing the victory Jesus Christ has won on the cross!

Death defeated, satan defeated, Christ alive! Moving forward as God’s army into battle, claiming ground, tearing down strongholds, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Walking in the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit; being filled and renewed, fixing our eyes on Jesus.

New Life Family Church's Vision Statement

Fulfilling the Great Commission:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18


Have you ever wondered what makes some people stand out from the crowd – why they always seem to come up smelling of roses no matter what situation they face?

You might say they’re lucky, if you believe in luck, or that they have the right help or connections to get them through.

I think that there’s something else – a quality that helps people in these hard times and, when things are going well, takes them up a gear. That quality is the ability to make good choices. I’m not talking about what choccy bar you should buy today, but the big choices like “Who do I let become my close friends?”, “Do I need a boyfriend or a girlfriend to make me feel special?” and “What am I going to do with my life?” Good choices now really do make the difference. The truth is your today is made up of all the good or bad choices you made yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that, and the . . . well, you get the picture.

At Youthbase we have found that making good choices is easier when you know what you’re living for. We have made our choice – we are living for Jesus and not ourselves! Through knowing Him it’s helped us to make good choices that bring us life. That’s because God wants us to have a great life, so He helps us to make good choices that get us there – and because we’re living for Him, we’re motivated to see them through. So don’t dismiss God before you’ve given Him a chance to bring you life by helping you make right choices – the first being choosing God.

I hope that another choice will be to visit us at Youth Base where you can find acceptance and friendship. You’ll also find games and things to do as well as a place to chill out and chat. Look out for our posters in your school for when Youthbase is on and may you make the best choices and have a great time!

Youthbase is on every Friday night, at Hillside Community Centre (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm). Contact the Church Office for more details.

Kid's Church

Kid’s Church happens every Sunday morning while the adults are in the main meeting. It’s a great, action-packed morning for children and young people aged from 3 to 13.

Our vision is for kids of all ages to see how real and relevant Jesus is, and for them to have a solid relationship with God, now and as they get older.

We have designed Kid’s Church to be a reflection of adult church. We always begin each session with high energy praise and worship. We have been learning lots of new songs and the children are growing more confident in expressing themselves through praise and worship.

Each month we help the children to memorise a new Bible verse. These are key verses from the Bible – words to encourage and inspire faith, promises of God. They bring the Bible alive and help the children to take hold of it and see how relevant it is to their lives.

We also include a time of teaching. Each month we have a new theme that is tied in with what gets taught in the main meeting – but set at a level that can be easily understood by the children. All the teaching is relevant to their lives and is brought in a fun and interesting way.

There are lots of different ways that we use to present the teaching, including drama, quizzes, visual aids, puppets, face-painting, object lessons, worksheets, puzzles, craft activities and lots and lots of games. Each morning is packed with fun, exciting and relevant activities, all with the purpose of teaching the children about our fun, exciting and relevant Saviour!

Empower Nights

Every Wednesday night we meet to worship and pray together. We call these nights Empower Nights because we believe that prayer and worship empowers the church to live out the Gospel in the community to which it is called. These nights are open to everyone (although there is no childcare available), starting at 8 pm and usually lasting a couple of hours. Call the church office for location details.

House of Prayer Network


We believe that the DNA of the Church is prayer and that we are called to a lifestyle of prayerfulness corporately and personally. We are privileged to respond to Gods call to pray assured that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.

We often get busy with everything else in life, and prayer can be the last thing we think of. When Jesus came across this kind of lifestyle he had something to say about it:

  • Matthew 21:12-14 says that when Jesus went into the temple he drove out those that bought and sold in the temple.
  • He said, “It is written, my house shall be called a House of Prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”
  • Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them.

House of Prayer Network

Here at New Life Family Church, we want to make a stand, to turn what Jesus spoke about into reality in each of our lives.

  • Our lives are a temple which we need to dedicate to God, get rid of everything that isn’t pleasing to God.
  • We need to respond to this word and commit to making our life a life of prayer.
  • Then we will see miracles happening in our lives and in the areas we are believing for.

We want to give you all an opportunity to be part of the House of Prayer network, providing an umbrella of protection over our families, cities and nations!

We already have partners in prayer all over the world.

House of Prayer International is live on Facebook on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm (GMT).

Sign up today and become a partner in prayer.

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    New Life Family Church is a charitable organisation, and is accountable to a team of trustees who oversee the management of the charity accounts and administration.

    The Trustees for New Life Family Church are:

    Mike Smith

    Pastor Mike Smith leads the team at New Life Family Church, Stowmarket, now in its 16th year of impacting the county of Suffolk. Mike also has a passion to see lives changed in Uganda and Rwanda, regularly taking God’s message of hope and love to the people, planting churches and building orphanages and schools. Mike’s desire is to see lives changed through God’s Word, “raising champions in life to fulfil their full potential!” Mike is married to Hazel, and they have three children, all grown up and married, and six grandchildren.

    Simon Ginns

    Simon has over thirty years of senior management experience in the Private, Learning and Skills and Third (Charities) Sectors, in particular the Telecoms, Airline, the Further Education and the Adoption, Fostering and Social Care Sectors. As well as being a Trustee of New Life Family Church, Simon is Chair of Governors at Combs Middle School and a Parent Governor at Hardwick Middle, both in Suffolk. He has four children, and enjoys playing and watching most sports including cycling, golf, cricket and motorsport, and is also a solo BGA glider pilot. In his younger days, he played semi-professional football and has also completed four marathons.

    Andy Elmes

    Andy is the founder and senior leader of Family Church, located in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. He is a visionary leader who has seen the church grow from 12 people on its first day to well over 1500 in eleven international congregations in seventeen years. He is married to Gina, and they have five children.

    Adrian Davies

    Adrian is actively involved with New Life Family Church as well as being a trustee. He is the Youth Pastor and is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential. He has visited Africa several times on missions trips and has a real heart for the people there. Adrian is a Master Technician at a local garage, and in his spare time he enjoys playing football, fishing and watching movies. He is married to Caroline and they have three children.

    Richard Fenning

    Richard Fenning is a businessman in the UK with over thirty years experience in agriculture. He has had involvement in Church planting and preaching, with a focus on prayer and intimacy with God. He is married to Alison, who holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Biblical Studies and Cross-cultural Mission. She is an itinerant evangelistic preacher and mission leader. They are both devoted to God and travel internationally, investing in extending God’s kingdom.