St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events at Present

Worship for All.   Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday 7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting Thursday 5.00pm 2nd Hamilton Rainbows 6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies 7.00pm/2:30pm Church Meeting (5 meetings per Year) Friday


10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about 55 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees and Adam Earle, plus some excellent lay preachers, also including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to pr oject elements of the service including the hymns.
Minister’s Letter

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 when circumstances permit.
‘The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ John 3:8 Recently David and I were blessed to take part in the Eastern and Thames North Synods’ Spring School. As part of one of the sessions we were asked to consider some things that might cause us and our church families to be concerned as we look to the future and continue to discern God’s will. In typical minister style those present managed to come up with a list of words beginning with the letter C (a habit of a lifetime forged in preparing sermons). One which stood out was “Control” or rather the fear of losing control. I was reminded of an illustration I once saw of how the Holy Spirit works. We were watching a video as part of a Bible Study group. The presenter sat at a desk, by a window, as he spoke. The desk was neatly arranged with papers stacked and ordered in an elegant manner. As he spoke of the working of the Holy Spirit, he opened the window. The wind whipped in and sent the piles of paper in all directions. As Jesus explained in his conversation with Nicodemus (John 3), the Spirit moves freely as God wills and those who embrace the Spirit will likewise follow wherever we are led. When we let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in our lives and mission, things will look very different our expectations and the familiar, comforting norms that we have established may, or indeed will, be challenged and rearranged. Since the pandemic and lock-down period there is a real sense that rather than returning to the old patterns and ways, God has new things, new ways, in mind for us to be church. We can be reluctant to embrace such change especially where it seems to undermine the familiar and we want to take control, holding on to what we know rather than letting God rule in our lives and church families – we fear losing control. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar and ecumenical teacher said this, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; the opposite of faith is control.” It’s a challenging lesson to grasp. The challenge of God’s will, the challenge of God’s free and transforming Spirit is to let go and let God, wherever that may take us. Let us choose faith over control and learn to live fully under God’s sovereign will, allowing the Spirit to work God’s purposes in us and through us. Revd Adam Earle

Room Hire

Below are the main rooms availab le followed by an interactive guide on hiring space at St John’s. The Booking Forms below the pictures of the spaces offer two ways to start the process of Booking. What is different between the methods can be seen in the interactive guide. The Main Hall Upstairs
This is used for Pre-school every weekday during term-time. Also by Brownies and Rainbows on Thursdays. Other than the Sanctuary, it is the largest space in the building and has kitchen fa ci lities just off the hall. Room 1 This is a regulary used space, including use as a Polling Station! It is easy to mak e all sorts of furnitur e arrangements. It is also straight off the main lobby so ma kes for easy access.
Rooms 4 and 5 A useful space, with a divider, so it can be made cosy or more open. It is used as a double room by the AA Group on a Wednesday evening regularly throughout the year. There is flexi bility in the setting of the furniture.
The Sanctuary The sanctuary is also very flexibl e in layout, but as the chairs are m ore substantial, re-arrangements r equire much more work. Ther e is a loop sound system and a projection screen. The organ console se en in the picture to the left is moveable. The organ pipes can be seen above the congregation seating ar ea in the picture below.
Last, but not least, are the supporting areas. There are toi lets on both floors including baby changing and disabled facilities on the gr ound floor. There is a small lift in the entrance lobby for people to get to and from the upper floor. Finally, each flo or has kit chen facilities. The pictures are of the downstairs kithen. There are toilets on both levels with a disabled facility on the ground floor.

Below is a brief guide to hiring a room in St John’s.

Booking Rooms at St John's URC Ipswich

Initial Considerations When? Day? Time? Looking at the Church Diary will give you an indication of any availabilty Click here . How long needed for Booking Including : Setting Up, Clearing Up What Space Do You Really Need What Sized Space? How Many People? How Many Tables? How Many Chairs? Do You Need Kitchen Facilities? £ COST: Price on Application Please note that it will vary with the frequency of use and, in colder parts of the year, the heating requirements.
Car Parking This is really difficult so assume it is NOT AVAILABLE Conditions of Booking Summary No Smoking, No Alcohol, No Exit Blocking You Must
Take all precautions on safety Have Public Liability Insurance - See Conditions Document for Guidance on Public Liability Insurance requirements. Comply with all Laws On: Health and Safety Safe-Guarding of vulnerable adults and children Food Hygiene Entertainment Licences
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Disability Equality Clean and Tidy Up after the event with everything returned to its original place!
2 Download a form and complete it and return to: roombooking@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Simple and you can work on it when you have time and can check information. The form is a fillable PDF but you may need to print it still if your PDF reader is not able to cope with it.

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 use the adjacent contact form. Minister: Rev David Rees/Rev Adam Earle (Ipswich and East) or email: minister@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk
Church Secretary:
You can use the form below for any enquiry