The DNA of Ignite

Ignite is a church gathering which aims to reach marginalised and deprived communities. It was founded in May 2008 at St Paul’s parish in Cliftonville.

Cliftonville is the most deprived parish in the South East of England and the 16th poorest in the country by the Church Urban Fund poverty indicator. Ignite offers an unconditional welcome to all who come; acceptance and love are the distilled essence of what it is about.

The weekly meetings involve food and a magazine-style service based around short interactive activities and input exploring a Christian theme. It has since been replicated at St Christopher’s in Ramsgate, using start-up funding from the Church Commissioners by the diocese and Church Army.

Revd Canon Patrick Ellisdon and his wife Debbie, who were core members of the Cliftonville team, were commissioned to oversee the project on 19 July, 2018.

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