St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to our Website St John's is a friendly, welcoming Christian church offering worship for all and facilities for the local community. St John’s serves the area of East Ipswich but many members of our congregation come from outside this immediate area.
Our vision  is for a friendly, caring church, serving the  local community and the wider world,  embracing all age groups and strengthening people  in their faith in Jesus Christ  and their love for other people.

Our Minister Rev David Rees (left), is joined by the

Rev Ernie Bossé (right) and Adam Woodhouse -

Minister in Training- (Centre) for the next nine

months to look after St John’s and 4 other

Churches: Castle Hill, Felixstowe, Saxmundham

and also Leiston LEP who joined Ipswich and East

Pastorate in September 2020 .

These churches and another 17 churches and

chapels are part of the

South Suffolk Area Partnership

November Advance This is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to advance@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Also if you have both a printer and nearby members that a print a copy that would be their only means of reading it. Ensuring you avoid any possible contamination in doing so by using disposable gloves for all stages including posting it through the door. Here is a version with coloured pictures & cover for reading on line or printing
Covid-19 latest news: Next Sunday 8th November is for Private individual Prayer and we are holding times of Individual Quiet Prayer from 10:30 until 11:15 during the rest of the month More Here
Community Sharing on Sundays of Virtual Service Options during Covid-19 restrictions Options Available Sunday Worship Rev David Rees and Rev Ernie Bossé Rev Elaine Colechin West Suffolk Churches
Direct from the URC https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
Please Note at least until the end of 2020 we are unable to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions.
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020

Letter from William Glasse Dear all, This is not official in any way but a personal invitation to as many as are interested to join me via phone (including landline) smartphone or computer, in my study at home for a few thoughts, Bible Readings and prayers each Sunday evening at 7:00 pm during the period of our forced absence from Church. There are many online resources available from the URC and Methodist Churches and elsewhere and all will be excellent. What I am offering is something for those who want to hear a familiar voice and (where technology permits) see a familiar face. Please pass this to as many people as you think may like it within our churches. If you like to listen, please Join the meeting just before 7 – I will open it from 6:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 7:00 – it will end at about 7:30 or before. In order to access this there are three ways: 1) Find me on Facebook and follow the event link there that I will set up shortly – I am William Glasse – happy accept new friends 2) Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to) Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 3) Dial the following number on a phone: 020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # again I hope you find this helpful if you decide to join. Join the meeting just before 7:00 – I will open it from 6:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 7:00 – it will end at about 7:30 or before. Wishing you every blessing, William.
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020

Opening for Individual Prayer The church is open at 10:30 until 11:15 before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required. The idea is to avoid too many people arriving at once. You must stay outside St John’s until called forward and stay two metres apart from others waiting to enter. You must not enter the building if you have any of the symptoms of Covid 19 or feel unwell. There are no toilet facilities available You will need to have a face-covering on at all times, from just before entering the church, until you are outside again. There will be a one way system to ensure social distancing of two metres is possible. This will be marked by arrows. You will enter the left hand doors and turn left to enter the sanctuary (there will be hand sanitiser available). As required by Government for church premises, we will ask you to sign a form to say you agree to our keeping your details; once signed, we will keep that whilst we are operating the church in this way. We will then take your details: See example of the Form below which says we will only keep a note of the date and time of any visit for 21 days. This is to provide the necessary details for NHS Track and Trace, and whilst not compulsory, the elders would urge you to provide this information. There is QR Code to read for your phone A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others. There will be no conversation possible with others until you have left and are outside the building. You will leave the sanctuary via Room 1 as guided by a steward. Despite all the above, we would really love to see you if you can visit safely. If you wish to know more about a Risk Assessment please email the Church Secretary From the Elders of St John’s Consent form for places of worship To support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving St John’s URC Ipswich. We do have a QR Code to scan. In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation. We will keep your visit details for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, if it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else. Thank you for your understanding. If you agree to providing your information for this reason, please complete the following form: Name Tel. No Signature Date
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events

Sunday      10.45am Worship for All.  Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service.   Monday Tuesday    6.15pm 23rd Ipswich Brownies    7.00pm Improvisations Craft Group (1st Tues each month)    8.00pm Ipswich Folk Dance Club (1st, 3rd and 5th Tues) Wednesday 12.30pm Monthly Church Lunch Club, except July and August.    7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting     Thursday    5.00pm 2nd Hamilton Rainbows    6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies    7.30pm Elders Meeting (usually 2nd Thurs)    7.30pm Church Meeting (5 meetings per year) Friday   Saturday   10.30am Community Coffee for All (2nd Sat in the month)    1.00pm Ramble Group (last Sat each month) Click here to view the Ramblers Page
All Suspended for now
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

All Services Cancelled but we hope

to open for Individual Prayer

In normal times

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about an hour followed by coffee/tea and a chat. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees, and some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson.  Whenever possible we use a screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. There is also a printed Order of Service.

Minister’s Letter

Specification of the Organ

The

1916

two

manual

and

pedal

tubular

pneumatic

organ

by

Bishop

from

the

previous

building

was

rebuilt

with

electric

action

by

W

&

A

Boggis

of

Diss

in

the

new

church.

It

is

placed

in

an

elevated

position

in

the

Worship

Area

and

is

controlled

from

a

detached,

moveable console.

Certain

specifications

changes

were

made

to

take

account

of

the

new

acoustic

conditions

and a few ranks were added.

The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.

Our Communion Service  is held on the first Sunday in the Month   All age ‘Celebration Services’ are held with inputs from  Rainbows, Brownies and Pre-School.
Remembering A few years ago, as part of a study tour (Eastern Synod Minister’s Spring School), us ministers spent 5 days in France and Belgium. (NB Somewhat bizarrely spending a week in northern France including coach and tunnel and accommodation is significantly cheaper than anywhere in UK!). The theme was titled ‘In Flanders Field, through mud and blood to green fields beyond – sites of peace and reconciliation on the western front’. I like short snappy titles! Over the week we visited significant WW1 sites in northern France and Western Belgium. We reflected on the issue of war and peace both in the past and the issues that arise in the present day. Our facilitators were two Mennonites, who are pacifists, and a former Air Force chaplain who is a URC minister. The lectures and discussion where supported by excursions to sites in and around Ypres in Belgium. Of the many impressions and encounters during the week, I think the one that made most impression on me was the visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery. Though there are about a 100 British and Commonwealth military cemeteries in the area, Tyne Cot is the largest. In fact it is the largest WW1 commonwealth cemetery in the world. Almost 12,000 servicemen are buried there, 8000 unidentified. Around the edge is a wall with 35,000 names of soldiers whose bodies were never recovered. These all fell defending Ypres 1914-18, and their names couldn’t fit on the Menim Gate in Ypres. The row on row of thousands of white grave stones was incredibly moving. The cemetery was both beautiful and horrific all at the same time. It was beautiful because the manicured lawns, flowers, headstones and memorials have a picturesque appeal. It was horrific as behind every headstone and name lay a person whose God given potential was cut off, frequently at an exceptionally young age. It was moving, it was saddening, it reminded me again of why we celebrate Remembrance Day. It was interesting in the discussion both informal and guided, that we all agreed that war is wrong, that it is evil and causes evil. Where the discussion became impassioned was over the issue of whether war can be used to stop even greater evil, and if that is the case if it can ever be called ‘just’. We live in a messy, fallen world, and though we would like to think so, there is no easy answer. Jesus did say, however ‘Blessed be the peacemakers’. And whether we are pacifists or believe that sometimes war is a necessary evil, we need to seek a true and just peace between neighbour and nation. And making and sustaining peace is frequently harder work than anger, guns or war. In this uncertain world, I pray that we can do the hard work of peace-making and if we do, God will bless us. David Photos taken by Rev David Rees
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich
Welcome and Notices Due the current covid-19 crisis and following the recommended approach from Government that: St John’s URC Ipswich is from 4th November no longer holding church services Individual prayer will be offered during November. Rev David Rees and Rev Ernie Bossé are currently providing a weekly Online Service Which is also available by phone at any time knowing the local number available from the webmaster@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk With Blessings from the Minister and Elders of St John’s Brian and Angie Latest
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

News

The Next Ten Years (TNTY) This positive exercise is to create a plan for the future. We recognise that we need to think about how we manage all the day-day things amongt us so that we can still be a vibrant church; and continue to help those around us. This is just the first step - illuminating what is done - but leaves open the ‘who’ - including the ‘who’ outside of St John’s currently - whoever that might be. The video below is to help us start thinking what part we could contribute to in what has to done week by week. It reminds us of all the many things that have to happen.

Help further: here is a PDF of the activities described

in the video so that you can think about them quietly.

Just click here to download it.

Even being able to do part of some of them, or just

do them once in a while will be of help.

St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Gallery

This is under

construction, so mainly

interest pictures for a

week or two. Just enjoy

them.

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St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Ramble Group

Introduction The St John's Rambling Group was formed in 1996 as an activity of the church.  They walk on the last Saturday every month. The group welcomes friends from other churches and those simply interested in walking in enjoyable company. Walk Programme 2020/2021 is shown below. Ramblers meet in the church car park, ready to leave at 1.00pm unless indicated differently in the programme. For further information about the St John's United Reformed Church Ramblers, e-mail the leaders at Ramble Leaders

Walk Programme 2020/21

Monthly Walks Meet at the church at Cowper St. on last Saturday of the month so we are ready to leave the church at 1.00 p.m. The mileages given above are approximate and might change once the walk has been tried out. Usually, it will be possible for a shorter walk to be taken. 
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Date
Location
Approx. Mileage
29 February
Capel St. Mary/Wenhams 
5.5 miles
28 March
Shelland/Haughley 
  6 miles
25 April
Colchester/West Bergholt  
7.5 miles
30 May
Tangham 
6 miles
27 June
Kersey/Semer 
5.5 miles
25 July
Debenham/Ashfield 
6.2 miles
29 August
Coastal   
5 miles
26 September
Hythe/Rowhedge 
5 miles
31 October
Combs Ford/Badley 
5.5 miles
28 November
Grundisburgh  
4.25 miles
2 January 2021
Felixstowe 
5 miles
30 January 
Claydon 
4.75 miles
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Contact Details

St John’s URC Ipswich

Our Postal Address is: St John’s United Reformed Church 1 Cowper Street Ipswich Suffolk IP4 5JD United Kingdom Office Telephone (Answer Machine) 01473 724961 Please Note at least until the end of 2020 we are unable to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions. Minister: Rev David Rees (Ipswich and East) email: minister@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Church Secretary:Mr Adrian Cubitt email: Secretary@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Webmaster webmaster@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Website which is https for security www.stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk

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