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  This 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.
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Rev Adam Earle and Rev David Rees

Look after St John’s and 4 other Churches:

Castle Hill, Felixstowe, Saxmundham

and Leiston LEP.

Services
Date & Time
St John’s
31/07/22 10:45
‘Hybrid Service’ with video sermon by Rev David Rees
07/08/22 10:45
Adrian Cubitt including Communion
14/08/22 10:45
Sara Pells
21/08/22 10:45
Liz Fox
28/08/22 10:45
Rev David Rees
04/09/22 10:45
Rev Adam Earle including Communion
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events at Present

Sunday      10.45am Worship for All.  Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service.   Monday Tuesday     Wednesday    7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting     Thursday    5.00pm 2nd Hamilton Rainbows    6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies    7.30pm or 2:30 Church Meeting (5 meetings per year) Friday  
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Services

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about 45 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees plus some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. Also we sometimes join with Castle Hill via a live stream and on those Sundays the service starts 15 minutes earlier at 10:30.

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 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.
A welcoming church. Over the years, every church I’ve been involved say they are a welcoming, friendly congregation. The people there, say they know and care for each other, and some say at some point, often years earlier, they were made to feel especially welcome by someone when they first crossed the church threshold. Some time ago I attended Sunday service at a church where a friend helped in the leading for the first time. The tagline on the notice board out front was “The Friendly Church”. I did get a warm handshake by the door steward but almost no- one else acknowledged me before, during or after the service. Being an old hand, after the service I knew that I should follow the congregation to find the tea, coffee and biscuits in the church hall, there was no announcement or invitation. After receiving my coffee from the friendly person behind the kitchen hatch, no one else spoke to me as I stood around for 15-20 minutes. They were all in their friendship groups catching up on the week. And it was only when my friend rescued me a bit later after finishing his rota duties that I didn’t feel like a gate crasher to an exclusive club. When he referred to my experience at a church meeting at a later date, no one believed him, with someone actually suggesting it would have been up to me as the visitor to make the first move as they are such a friendly bunch. The issue is that being welcoming is a bit more than just shaking someone’s hand (or not, these days!) and looking them in eye while saying hello, even though it starts there. Getting out of our comfort zone and away from catching up with friends isn’t easy. Welcome is for a holiday visitor and for the person who is church shopping. It’s also for the refugee and foreigner and the person who isn’t quite sure why they happen to be in the building. Welcome is more than a nod and smile though that’s a good start. Welcome is being open to the possibility of conversation and moving out of our comfort zones. The question we have in welcome is a question of priority. Is the stranger an annoyance to be ignored or a priority. Welcome comes from the heart and it seems to me that many churches have somehow over the years lost heart, this welcoming heart, on Sundays and at other times too. While I’m on sabbatical for three months from September, I’m intending to do some church hopping on Sundays. To see what other Christians do in worship and how they act afterwards. I’ll be interested to see what welcome I get. And I’m also interested in the welcome we give. David
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 use the adjacent contact form. Minister: Rev David Rees/Rev Adam Earle (Ipswich and East) or 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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