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Ipswich-based branch of Christian Motorcyclists Association UK continues to bring the Gospel to Suffolk’s roads





Religion and motorcycles might seem like an unconventional mix of passions – but for these Christians, riding motorbikes is another way to deliver their message.

The Christian Motorcyclists Association UK (CMA) gives like-minded people a chance to ride their bikes while sharing evangelical Christian beliefs.

The association began in 1983 and now has more than 30 branches across the country including the Suffolk branch which regularly meets at Colchester Road Baptist Church in Ipswich.

Members of the Suffolk branch travel from Stowmarket, Needham Market, Ipswich and Felixstowe. Picture: Submitted
Members of the Suffolk branch travel from Stowmarket, Needham Market, Ipswich and Felixstowe. Picture: Submitted

Around 20 active members travel from Stowmarket, Needham Market, Shotley and Felixstowe to be a part of the fast-growing group which regularly attends biker meets, social events, remembrance services, bike shows and Bible studies.

Chairman Steve Clarke said: “I think people might think being a Christian and motorcyclist is a bit of an odd combination – but we do exist.

“If you were to bring up religion with a lot of bikers, it might not always go to plan. So we really focus on trying to make friends with people to try to share our message that way.

The Christian Motorcyclists Association begin in 1983. Picture: Submitted
The Christian Motorcyclists Association begin in 1983. Picture: Submitted
The group takes part in many social events including Rememberence Sunday. Picture: Submitted
The group takes part in many social events including Rememberence Sunday. Picture: Submitted

“The main thing we want to do is just present the Gospel in a different way – we want motorcyclists to get to know Lord Jesus as we all do.”

CMA became a registered charity in 2000 and Steve said one of the best ways of sharing the Gospel is through the pocket sized Biker Bible launched in 2007.

This modern translation of the New Testament aimed at bikers has proven very popular and more than 100,000 copies have been given away free of charge nationally.

The association is also known for its members wearing a large white cross on their backs which Steve believes quickly sums up what the CMA is all about.

The bikers are easily identifiable by the white crosses on their backs. Picture: Submitted
The bikers are easily identifiable by the white crosses on their backs. Picture: Submitted
The Suffolk branch is looking for more like-minded people to join the group. Picture: Submitted
The Suffolk branch is looking for more like-minded people to join the group. Picture: Submitted

Steve said: “It's very identifiable from a distance and people at bike shows can know exactly who we are.

“We have had people pull up alongside us, see the cross and ask if we’re vicars, which is quite funny – but if it starts the conversation then we don’t mind.”

A major event for the group every year is the East Anglian Copdock Bike Show held at Trinity Park in September which sees thousands of bikers attend giving the CMA a chance to chat to people about their message.

The Suffolk branch is keen for more like-minded people to join the group and to get in touch with Steve by sending an email to chair.suffolk@bike.org.uk.

He added: “We’re a really friendly bunch and, wherever you’re at in your spiritual life, you’re more than welcome to ride with us and get involved with what we do.”