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 Minister Rev David Rees

looks 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

14 churches and chapels are part of the

South Suffolk Area Partnership

Our Vision  This 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.
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Services
Date & Time
St John’s
Streaming
03/07/22 10:45
Rev David Rees Communion
Possible streaming from Castle Hill Website TBC
10/07/22 10:45
Keith Scarff
17/07/22 10:30
10:30 Start for streamed service (Adam Earle) from Castle Hill
Adam Earle from the link on Castle Hill Website
24/07/22 10:30
No Morning Service at St John’s
Moderator Lythan Nevard from the link on Castle Hill Website
24/07/22 3 PM
Ordination and Induction of Adam Earle, Live
Available at home online from the link on Castle Hill Website
31/07/22 10:45
‘Hybrid Service’ with video sermon by Rev David Rees
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events at Present

Sunday      10.45am 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    7.30pm or 2:30 Church Meeting (5 meetings per year) Friday  
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Services

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about 45 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees plus some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. Also we sometimes join with Castle Hill via a live stream and on those Sundays the service starts 15 minutes earlier at 10:30. Currently people are using facemasks throughout the 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 when circumstances permit.
New Possibilities We are entering an exciting time in the churches of the URC’s Ipswich & East Pastorate. All the five congregations have moved away from the Covid restrictions, though on Sundays in church we are continuing to seat some distance apart when not in friendship or family groups. We are still aware that some of our number are still feeling vulnerable. Broadly speaking we are getting back to normal, even if some activities haven’t restarted yet. And we do realise that some activities and hall hires have ceased entirely. Some people have taken the last few years to reconsider time commitments and therefore have withdrawn their involvement in some activities, both in church and in the rest of society. In church, in Elders and Church Meetings, we are beginning to think and explore the new possibilities in this post Covid world. Especially now with the dislocations arising from the war in Ukraine and in particular the cost of living crises, on top of isolation and anxiety caused by Covid, there are needs arising to which each church is uniquely placed to respond. Of course, it will take discernment and prayer to turn any good idea into a God inspired initiative. We are also aware that our resources, especially people who are willing to volunteer, are less than before Covid, making the discernment process even more vital. But I guess, at least for me, the most exciting event in the next month or so is the ordination and induction of Adam Earle to this pastorate. Adam and his wife Gillian have already moved into the 2nd manse in Ipswich and are well on their way to settling in. His induction on the Sunday 24th July will be a step change for the 5 churches and I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with him as we lead the churches. He brings a wealth of experience, but is new to ordained ministry so may take a time to fully find his footing. I am also going on my much delayed Sabbatical starting September through to November, and re-joining you during Advent. I would trust that this year with both Adam and I available and hopefully Covid less of an issue, we might have a fuller palette of Christmas activities for the first time in 3 years. S o it is time for change and opening of possibilities. In the book of Isaiah (43:18,19) the prophet writes of God saying- ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Let’s pray for the perception and discernment to see the new things that God is wanting to do in and through us, as we serve our communities and worship Him in all the facets of our lives.   David
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 currently we are still working out how to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions. Please use the adjacent contact form. 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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