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

April 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: We are currently closed until 18 April. More Here on What is happening next week
Community Sharing on Sundays of Virtual Service Options during Covid-19 restrictions Options Available Sunday Worship Rev David Rees Rev Ernie Bossé Adam Woodhouse
Direct from the URC https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
Please Note we are unable to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions.
Why not just sit and listen to the services? For This Week’s Service Click Here For Easter Day Service Good Friday Service
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Opening for Individual Prayer and Online Service and live Services The church is open at 10:30 and the online service or live service will run from 10:45 and finish before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. 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. 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. A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others. There will be no singing possible and you are requested not to engage in conversation 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 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)
All Suspended for now
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Services will resume on 18 April

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about an half an hour initially. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Ministers Rev David Rees and Rev Ernie Bossé plus 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.

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 is currentlyonline  is held on the first Sunday in the Month   All age ‘Celebration Services’ are held with inputs from  Rainbows, Brownies and Pre-School when circumstances permit.
Easter, Eggs, Etc. Easter time is a strange mixture of symbols. Some are overtly Christian such as the palm branch on Palm Sunday or the Cross. Other symbols come from a variety of sources many predating Christianity. According to Wikipedia, decorated eggs are much older than Easter, and both eggs and rabbits are age-old fertility symbols. The Passover Seder service uses a hard-cooked egg flavoured with salt water as a symbol both of new life. The Jewish tradition may have come from earlier Roman Spring feasts. The ancient Persians also painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration falling on the Spring Equinox (ie around our Easter). This tradition has continued every year on Nowrooz since ancient times. The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.), first asserted that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." Despite attempts to Christianise it, Easter is accepted by the majority of scholars to be a pagan fertility rite in origin celebrating the rebirth of life in spring. In the West, eggs have been forbidden during Lent as well as other traditional fast days. Likewise, in Eastern Christianity, both meat and dairy are prohibited during the fast, and eggs are seen as "dairy" (a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood). Another Orthodox tradition is the presenting of red coloured eggs to friends while giving Easter greetings. This custom had its beginning with Mary Magdalene. After the Ascension of Christ, legend has it that she went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with "Christ is risen", as she gave him a red egg. She then began preaching Christianity to him. The egg is symbolic of the grave and life renewed by breaking out of it. The red symbolizes the blood of Christ redeeming the world, represented by the egg, and our regeneration through the blood shed for us by Christ. The egg itself is a symbol of the Resurrection while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it. Well, these days we use chocolate Easter Eggs that don’t quite have this depth of symbolism, though they do taste better. Our symbol of new life is sweet, fattening and full of smarties or Mars bars. Whether or not you abstained from chocolate during Lent, you are likely to add extra pounds in the days and weeks after Easter Sunday. For many the Egg is now replaced by a box of Cadbury Milk Tray. I guess Easter for most is no longer symbolises by the new life at Spring that is transformed by the new life of our Resurrected Lord. Whether we have eggs or chocolate or bunnies or hot cross buns or none of them, the real question is how do we respond? In the light of God in Jesus dying on the Cross and three days later rising from the dead, do we dismiss it as another fairy tale along with Easter bunnies hopping along with a basket of eggs? Do we ignore that first Easter as we eat another chocolate, and yet another? Or do we cut through the symbols and the myths and accept that Easter has changed history, and it can change our future? Over this time of Easter, from Palm Sunday though Maundy Thursday, though Crucifixion Friday and especially on Resurrection Sunday, let us truly worship our God. Let us joyfully and without hesitation say - He risen indeed!   David
See the Covid Precautions Here
Opening for Individual Prayer and Online Service and live Services The church is open at 10:30 and the online service or live service will run from 10:45 and finish before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. 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. 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. A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others. There will be no singing possible and you are requested not to engage in conversation 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 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

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 currently 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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