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Covid-19 latest news: St John’s URC Ipswich is holding times of Individual Quiet Prayerfrom 10:30 and beginning on Sunday 13th September will also include the Online Service Projected on Screenstarting at 10:45. The church will close at 11:30More 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 and Online ServiceWehopetoopenthechurchstartingonSunday13thSeptemberat10:30andtheonlineservicewillrunfrom10:45 and finish before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. •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.•Youwillneedtohaveaface-coveringonatalltimes,fromjustbeforeenteringthechurch,untilyouareoutside 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. ThisistoprovidethenecessarydetailsforNHSTrackandTrace,andwhilstnotcompulsory,theelderswouldurge you to provide this information.•A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others.•Therewillbenosingingpossibleandyouarerequestednottoengageinconversationwithothersuntilyouhave 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.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.
Hello everyone, my name is Adam and I’m a minister in training from Westminster College and I’ll be spending nine months working with Rev. David Rees in the Ipswich and East churches as my final year placement. I thought you might like to know a bit about me. From the age of four years old I attended Christ Church URC in Hatfield, Herts, prior to this I attended a Church of England Church in Plymouth. Other than the first few years of my childhood I have always been part of the URC. It was at Christ Church I came to faith at 11 years old and became a member a few years later. I was ordained as an Elder at the age of 21. At this church I was Elder for Youth and volunteered as a Youth Leader for a Youth Club for unchurched young people, this included planning an outreach event which attracted over 100 young people when we were expecting only about 30. I attended Boys’ Brigade most of my childhood and served as the Captain of 1st Hatfield Boys’ Brigade and as a national training officer.In 2007 I moved to Bradford and in 2009 I was employed as Senior Youth Worker at The Edge Project, which is part of the work at Holme URC Church, and as a Youth worker at Westfield URC Church in Wyke. I was a serving Elder and also a member of the preaching team at Holme. As part of my role in Wyke, I co-led a Messy Church group in a local primary school and served as a school Governor. I have been an active member of Street Pastor's type organisations, working in the night-time economy for the past 5 years. I have worked as the Senior Pastor leading a group of volunteers ensuring a safe and enjoyable night out for the hundreds of customers of local pubs, clubs and restaurants. A highlight of my time at Westminster was having the privilege of serving as a Police Chaplain for Cambridge Constabulary. I spent time building friendships with police officers and staff, sometimes accompanying them on patrols and being available as a listening ear and to provide pastoral support as needed.I am looking forward to meeting you all, hopefully in person even if it may be via zoom to start with.God Bless, Adam
This story is about the angels that we encounter in our walk through life. A few years ago Robyn and I hired a narrowboat, from the Sawley Marine Center just outside Nottingham and began our big narrowboat adventure. We had never steered a narrowboat, navigated a canal or operated a lock in our lives. Now I can understand the response of most people when we told them our plans, and of our lack of experience. They wished us well, saying that we would have a wonderful time. They were positive and encouraging, but we could detect a note of doubt in their voice, coupled with a knowing look amongst those more experienced in boating! A week before we departed, some dear friends took us on a trip to St Ives, to a manual lock and taught us how it worked. Armed with this knowledge, we left for Nottingham to pick up our boat. After receiving some training by the kind and patient staff of Canal Time, we set off with one of the trainers who helped us through the first double lock, which we shared with a couple called Tim and Julie. We didn’t realise at this time that they were angels in disguise!Then we were on our own, and it was clear that I didn’t have much control of the steering for shortly after setting off, I had the boat heading for the opposite bank. Panic! Going into reverse, I hit the bank behind me. Then our angel Tim appeared again. He had seen that we were in trouble, moored his boat and walked back to us. He came on board and demonstrated how to steer the boat. After dropping him off, he set off ahead of us, telling us to stay close behind and he would see us through the next five double locks. Without our angels, we would never have enjoyed our adventure as much and had such a relaxing, enjoyable experience. As Tim said, ‘this is the most fun you can have at four miles an hour’. The secret to steering a narrowboat is to change direction, you must push the tiller hard over, and then make gentle alterations to keep on course. The mistake that I had been
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making was to try and steer in the same way as driving a car, where small movements of the steering are sufficient to change direction. We have enjoyed the relaxed manner of the trip taking in all the sights and sounds of the canal and enjoying God’s beautiful creation close up. Travelling at four miles per hour allowed us to marvel at the swans and their chicks, and the intricacy of their nests built with such attention to detail. The ducks amused us with their antics fighting amongst each other for any morsel of food. These and many other sights and sounds of the canal reminded us of the beauty of God’s creation which we so often take for granted, much as we sometimes take our relationship with Him for granted. We allow the hectic pace of our lives to rob us of time to spend in God’s presence. It was good to be able to slow down, to stop, and spend some time in His presence, to: ‘be still and know that I am God’ Psalm 46.10. ‘but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles’. Isaiah 40. 31 Ernie
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.