November AdvanceThis is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to email@example.com 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 isfor Private individual Prayerand we are holding times of Individual Quiet Prayer from 10:30 until 11:15 during the rest of the monthMore Here
Letter from William GlasseDear 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 friends2)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 # againI 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.
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. •Theideaistoavoidtoomanypeoplearrivingatonce.YoumuststayoutsideStJohn’suntilcalledforwardandstay 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). •AsrequiredbyGovernmentforchurchpremises,wewillaskyoutosignaformtosayyouagreetoourkeepingyour details;oncesigned,wewillkeepthatwhilstweareoperatingthechurchinthisway.Wewillthentakeyourdetails: SeeexampleoftheFormbelowwhichsayswewillonlykeepanoteofthedateandtimeofanyvisitfor21days.This istoprovidethenecessarydetailsforNHSTrackandTrace,andwhilstnotcompulsory,theelderswouldurgeyouto 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 SecretaryFrom the Elders of St John’sConsent form for places of worshipTosupporttheNHSTestandTraceprogramme,wearetakingcontactdetails(nameandtelephonenumber)forall visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving St John’s URC Ipswich. We do have a QR Code to scan.InlinewithguidanceissuedbytheDepartmentforHealthandSocialCare,wewillkeepyourdetailssafelyandin compliancewithGDPRlegislation.Wewillkeepyourvisitdetailsfor21daysbeforesecurelydisposingofordeleting them.WewillonlyshareyourdetailswithNHSTestandTrace,ifasked,ifitisneededtohelpstopthespreadof Coronavirus.Wewillnotuseyourdetailsforanyotherpurposesorpassthemontoanyoneelse.Thankyouforyour understanding.If you agree to providing your information for this reason, please complete the following form:NameTel. NoSignatureDate
St John’s URC Ipswich Diary
Sunday 10.45am Worship for All. Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service. MondayTuesday 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 5.00pm2nd Hamilton Rainbows 6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies 7.30pm Elders Meeting (usually 2nd Thurs) 7.30pmChurch Meeting (5 meetings per year)Friday Saturday 10.30amCommunity Coffee for All (2nd Sat in the month) 1.00pmRamble Group (last Sat each month) Click here to view the Ramblers Page
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.
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
RememberingA 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. DavidPhotos taken by Rev David Rees
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.
Even being able to do part of some of them, or just
do them once in a while will be of help.
This is under
construction, so mainly
interest pictures for a
week or two. Just enjoy
IntroductionThe 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.