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
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.
Enjoying Life… and God.We are in the Summer period where many of us take a few weeks out from the hustle and bustle of normal life and have a holiday. Some of us like to be very active on holiday – packing as much as possible into each day (and night), others want nothing more than to be lying down with a trashy blockbuster where the brain cells don’t really have much to do.But all of us want to the have ‘space’ to do the things that we normally wouldn’t be able to.The influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright was fond of an incident that may have seemed insignificant at the time but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The winter he was 9, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow’s flight, and then young Frank’s tracks meandering all over the field. “Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle said. “And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”Years later the Wright liked to tell how the experience had contributed to his philosophy in life. “I determined right then,” he’d say with a twinkle in his eye, “not to miss the things in life, that my uncle had missed.” He saw in those tracks what his uncle could not: It is easy to let the demands of life keep us from the joys of living.We all recognise that any goals in life worth achieving demand a great deal of our energy. If you are a doctor you must spend vast hours alone and as a junior doctor studying the human body. The life of your patient demands it. If you are a carpenter, you must patiently measure for the building before you drive the first nail. The integrity of the structure depends on it. If you are a parent you must sacrifice your time for another. Your children require it.We could not live if we did not set goals and work to fulfil them. But here’s what young Wright discovered at the tender age of 9, and what some don’t learn until 89: The objective in life is not the goal but the journey on the way to the goal.In Mark 1:29-39 the whole city had gathered around the door, pressing in to see Jesus. The demands on him were already piling up. He cured many, cast out demons, and taught constantly. And his disciples didn’t help matters. When he left in the morning early to pray, they went searching for him. And when they found him they said, “What are you doing, everyone is searching for you?”But rather than return to Capernaum as his disciples wanted, he moved to the other villages in the area, spreading God’s message.Hopefully, within the next month or so you will find some time to reflect on your life. How do we enjoy the journey when everyone and everything is searching for us, wanting a piece of us, and demanding our time?Perhaps from Jesus’ example in this passage we can learn three things. Firstly, remember that hard work is required. Secondly, remember not to let others define your goals. And finally, remember that Jesus needed to pray as we all do.I am not suggesting that all of this will just fall into place. But it is so easy to get caught up in life that there is no time to enjoy the sights along the way.May you truly ‘re-create’ over the summer break.David
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street IpswichSunday 21 JulyWorship for All Led by Liz FoxTheme: Life through the world’s eyes verses God’s eyes. Welcome and NoticesCall to WorshipHymn: R&S 603: Lord for the years. First reading: Colossians 1:15-28PrayerLord’s Prayer Second reading: Amos 8:1-12Hymn: R &S 67 Immortal, invisible. Third reading: Psalm 52Hymn R&S 74: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. Sermon: Hymn: R &S All my hope on God us founded. Prayers: Thanksgiving Intercession Offering and dedicationHymn: R & S 104 Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven. BlessingNext Week’s (28 July) Worship for all is led by William Glasse
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.
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 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
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: email@example.comNote: This form is fillable if you have an appropriate PDF reader.
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).
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 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.
Long Melford ***
25 January 2020
*** 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