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. Community Coffee for All  This is at the church between 10.30 and 12 noon on the second Saturday of most months. So why not come and meet us there. The next one is on:  Saturday October 12th, 2019
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, who

also looks after 3 other Churches:

Castle Hill, Felixstowe and

Saxmundham. These churches

and another 17 churches and

chapels are part of

the South Suffolk Area


Advance This is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. The October version can be downloaded or read in PDF format by clicking here.
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St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events

Sunday      10.45am Worship for All.  Communion first Sunday of each month.   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
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich


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

And the rain falls…. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden recorded an all-time high temperature in the UK of 38.7 °C on Thursday 25 July this year. Across the UK, the average temperature for July 2019 was 1.2 °C above the long-term average for 1981-2010. However, parts of Eastern and North East England had been even warmer at around 1.6 °C above the long-term average. These areas were in the top ten warmest July's since 1910. But the month wasn’t all about heat, Cheshire received more than twice the average rainfall for the month (219%). Conversely, some parts of western Britain were much drier than average. In particular Pembrokeshire only received about one third (31%) of July’s average rainfall.
There are those who would suggest this is an indication of global warming, others would suggest that it is simply the normal variation of the weather. Whoever is correct, the fact remains that all of us (apart from the lucky few on holiday out of the UK) experienced this extreme month of weather.
Normally in the Bible and especially in the Old Testament, the coming of the rains (or lack thereof) was seen as a decision of God. If the day was hot – that was God’s will. If there were floods that was also caused directly by God. If something happened out of season that was deemed to be God’s judgement caused by the sin of the people. In a dry land such as Israel, the falling of rain was a blessing from God.
We realise these days that weather patterns are influenced by a variety of natural factors – from the gulf stream and sunspots through to greenhouse gasses. Though we acknowledge that God sets up the weather – few would think that a hot, sunny July is caused directly through God’s judgement or blessing. In contrast, the prevailing understanding from biblical times was that that rain or drought, plenty or famine occurred when a person or a nation was deemed ‘righteous’ or a sinner.
And Jeremiah therefore complained “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Chapter 12). He noted the rains would fall on the just and unjust alike. Cooling breezes in the heat of summer are there for all, irrespective of a person’s goodness.
Some good people seem to have ‘bad luck’ while others seem to be unable to put a foot wrong no matter how devious or unpleasant, they are. And the refreshing rain is there for all.

Scratch the surface and like Jeremiah, many Christians feel that somehow, they should have an advantage because they acknowledge God and seek to do his will. But rains fall and the grass is green for everyone.

It is hard to truth to bear when cancer or divorce or death or unemployment attach themselves to us. Our response is often to say what have I or he or she done to deserve this. But the rains fall, and the sun shines even if we don’t deserve it. Being a Christian isn’t a guarantee that life isn’t going to catch us out. Being a Christian gives us an acceptance that our God is alongside us in all of life. He is in ultimate control and no matter how far we fall we can never fall out of his love.

Specification of the Organ

















































moveable console.














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.
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
This Week’s Service
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich Sunday October 20 th 2019 Worship for All Led by Sue Liddell
20 October 2019 Start of One World Week: End of Week for World Peace 24th is United Nations Day Welcome and Notices Call to Worship Hymn No 67: Immortal, invisible, God only wise Prayers and Lord's Prayer Wrestling with God: the problems of the world [Genesis 32] Hymn No 654: We turn to you, O God of every nation Offering and Dedication Readings: 2 Timothy 3, verses 14 to 4, verse 5 Luke 18, verses 1 – 8 Hymn No 319: Thanks to God whose Word was spoken Persisting in God's One World Hymn No 608: Awake! Awake! To love and work Prayers Hymn No 723: From all that dwell below the skies Next Sunday 10:45 am Worship for All Led By Rev David Rees
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Room Hire

Below is an interactive guide to hiring a room

in St John’s.

The Main Hall

This is used for Pre-school every weekday during term-time. Also by Brownies and Rainbows on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by the Folk Dancing Group. Other than the Sanctuary, it is the largest space in the building and has kitchen facilities just off the hall.

Room 1

This is a regulary used space, including use as a Polling Station! It is easy to make all sorts of furniture arrangements. It is also straight off the main lobby so makes 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 flexibility in the setting of the furniture .

The Sanctuary

The sanctuary is also very flexible in layout, but as the chairs are more substantial, re-arrangements require much more work. There is a loop sound system and a projection screen. The organ console seen in the picture to the left is moveable. The organ pipes can be seen above the congregation seating area in the picture below.

Last, but not least, are the supporting areas.

There are toilets on both floors including baby changing and disabled facilities on the ground floor. There is a small lift in the entrance lobby for people to get to and from the upper floor. Finally, each floor has kitchen facilities. The pictures are of the downstairs kithen. See the forms and conditions on the Forms Page
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Below is an interactive Booking Enquiry Form - the simplest way to make an enquiry. This is secure entry and the information you add is encrypted; and this still applies if you are out and about and not on a secure WiFi setting. Otherwise you can download a PDF form here. Print it, complete it and mail to St John’s or email it to: Note: This form is fillable if you have an appropriate PDF reader.
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The main news is that

this is a new website.

We have all the same things as before, such as the diary and this week’s service, but they should be easier and speedier to access. This new website should work well on a reasonably up to date smartphone. You can scroll through the main pages swiftly rather than relying on the navigation bar. However, you can still use the navigation bar if you wish. Please let the webmaster know about any difficulties, what you like and what you would like added. Use the contact page to do so. We know there are friends of St John’s Ipswich around the world, including several in Australia. We also have two members in Tanzania (and we would like to display news of their work here as we did previously).

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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 2019/2020 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 2019/2020

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. (except July - see *** below) 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. 
Approx. Mileage
23 February
4.5 miles
30 March
  5 miles
27 April
6 miles
25 May
Campsea Ashe 
5.75 miles
29 June
6 miles
27 July
Long Melford *** 
31 August
5 miles
28 September
6 miles
26 October
6 miles
30 November
6 miles
28 December
25 January 2020 
4.75 miles
*** Possible whole day - meet at church at 10.00.a.m. Figure Eight walk of 4 and 5.5 miles, with picnic lunch in middle
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich


This is under

construction, so mainly

interest pictures for a

week or two. Just enjoy


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 Minister: Rev David Rees (Ipswich and East) email: Church Secretary:Mr Adrian Cubitt email: Webmaster Website which is https for security
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