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We very much regret to say, that due the current covid-19 crisis and following the recommended approach from Government that: For the foreseeable future St John’s URC Ipswich will not be holding church services.With Blessings from the Minister and Elders of St John’sLetter 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 morning at 11:00 am 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 11 – I will open it from 10:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 11:00 – it will end at about 11:30 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 11 – I will open it from 10:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 11:00 – it will end at about 11:30 or before.Wishing you every blessing,William.
St John’s URC Ipswich Diary
Sunday 10.45am Worship for All. Communion first Sunday of each month. 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
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.
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
Heading Towards a New NormalIt seems that the announcements and pronouncements by various government ministers are coming thick and fast as we edge our way out of lockdown.It has been a long, and often trying, time of isolation and dislocation. Even if the loosening of the restrictions doesn’t lead to a spike in the ‘R rate’ and a second wave, life is still going to be different for quite a while. It will be good to get a much needed haircut or go out to a restaurant and finally have a birthday or anniversary celebration with friends or family. But of course, the hairdresser will be kitted out in PPE, and restaurant tables will need to be socially distanced and serving staff are supposed to avoid contact as much as possible, perhaps making it even harder to get the notice of a waiter. Long queues as we wait to get into shops, and hand sanitiser have become widespread.People are still supposed to work from home if they can, and avoid going out where possible. Many are fearful for their jobs or business, or under huge pressure to adapt. For those people deemed more at risk through underlying health issues or age, it can be very unsettling and worrying, even if the government pronounces a magic date when every can go out.At the end of day, we need to acknowledge that life has become more uncertain. Broadly speaking there seems to be two opposite reactions. One is a ‘what the hell, let’s get on with life’ response. The other is a more apprehensive and concerned approach, some wanting to continue to isolate, or at least, reduce contact with others and insecure situations. And the church, via the Elders meeting, is trying to tread a path that helps and supports each of the two segments in their Christian life, and also discerning how to connect with people in the community who have, perhaps for the first time, started wondering about the meaning and purpose of their life while in lockdown. The church is likely to open for personal prayer, leading to worship later. We will follow our own timetable rather the governments as we adapt to numerous guidelines, both government and URC, and recommendations. It will take time to open up safely. The elders are also aware that many who would normally volunteer in the church are presently reluctant to do so. It will be a difficult juggling act.The gospel reading from Matthew a few weeks ago (Mat 10:16,17) spoke of disciples as being sheep among wolves, and the need to be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves, while all the time not to be afraid (10:26) as God care for us.So, we have numerous challenges as we come out of lockdown, and we must continue to support each other. But also, somewhere in the mix, to discern shrewdly the way forward to open up and also ways of encouraging new growth.
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.