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

January 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: From Sunday 27th December we will be closed until further notice. More Here on What is happening Weekly A live half hour Zoom Service at 10:30 Sunday
Community Sharing on Sundays of Virtual Service Options during Covid-19 restrictions Options Available Sunday Worship Rev David Rees Rev Ernie Bossé Adam Woodhouse 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
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: 23/12/2020

Opening for Christmas Day Service 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 is only a disabled toilet facility 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. No singing is allowed. You will leave the sanctuary via Room 1 as guided by a steward. There will be no conversation possible with others until you have left and are outside the building and you are strongly discouraged from meeting on the footway outside the church. 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 for Now

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 (including online)  is held on the first Sunday in the Month   All age ‘Celebration Services’ are held with inputs from  Rainbows, Brownies and Pre-School.
Doing New Things Half full or half empty? Looking forward towards 2021 it is easy to be pessimistic. Covid continues to send shock waves, and at the time of writing, the new Covid strain is putting even more strain on our communities. The economy is contracting, and people are losing their jobs. Even though the government has had to borrow to get us through these difficult times, at some stage the debts have to be repaid. Those who depend on the interest of their savings find their investments bring in next to nothing. Brexit causes huge uncertainty, whether or not it is a good idea (and the country is still divided over that!). There is some hope with the new immunisation programme, but then realism comes with talk that it will take to the end of 2021 before we reach that critical ‘herd immunity’. Until then, the NHS will be under significant pressure and most believe we will be in a third lockdown (or Tier 4) by early January, at the latest. With the general pessimism in our community and country, it is easy to believe that our glasses are half empty. 'See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 It takes faith to look at the signs of the times and see that something more is happening, that what we see – however real and painful and distressing they may be – is only part of the picture. That God is working in and through and despite all that we see and feel and experience. 2021 might bring many a shock; it might bring many a problem. But 2021 might also be a time of God working his purpose out, weaved through the distress and pain. And if we continue to be faithful to God, in both words and actions, we as a church and as individuals might find that there is more. Perhaps by God’s grace, our glasses aren’t just full, they are overflowing. Whatever may happen, I wonder what God has in store for us? David
All Services are Online due to Covid Restrictions
Date
Information
Leader
03/01/2021
Communion
David
10/01/2021
Ernie
17/01/2021
Adam
24/01/2021
David
31/01/2021
Adam
07/02/2021
Communion
Ernie
14/02/2021
David
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich
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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