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 Minister Rev David Rees

looks 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 .

We said a fond farewell to

Ernie and Robyn at the end of

August as they departed to a charge in

Hertfordshire

This leaves us with a vacancy

These churches and another 14 churches and

chapels are part of the

South Suffolk Area Partnership

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.
Sound Versions of Services Weekly on 01473 938542 option 1
Covid -19 latest news: Open on Sundays We are continuing to request people wear face masks and follow all the existing procedures we have been operating. We want anyone to feel comfortatble and safe to attend. To see requirements click here.
Listen to an uplifting recording of Hazel H as she shares her views on worship options.  This is  “a must listen”
Services
Date
YouTube*
St John’s
3/10/21
David (Harvest ) from St John’s 26/09
Sara Pells (Comm)
10/10/21
Sara Pells (Comm) from St John’s 03/10
Maggie Woods
17/10/21
David from Castle Hill 10/10
David Atkins
24/10/21
David from Castle Hill 17/10
Peter Dawson
31/10/21
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Peter Dawson
07/11/21
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David Rees (Comm)
*
These are all subject to change if there are technical issues
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    7.00pm Improvisations Craft Group (1st Tues each month)     Wednesday    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)   
All Suspended for now
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Services resumed 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.
THE COST Michelangelo’s works explored many facets of the life of Jesus, yet one of the most poignant was also one of the simplest. In the 1540s, he sketched a pieta (a picture of Jesus’ mother holding the body of the dead Christ) for his friend Vittoria Colonna. The chalk drawing depicts Mary looking to the heavens as she cradles her Son’s still form. Rising behind Mary, the upright beam of the cross carries these words from Dante’s Paradise,” There they don’t think of how much blood it costs.” Michelangelo’s point was profound: when we contemplate the death of Jesus, we must consider the price He paid. The price paid by Christ is captured in His dying declaration, “It is finished” (JOHN 19:30). The term for “it is finished” (tetelestai) was used in several ways - to show a bill had been paid, a task finished, a sacrifice offered, a masterpiece completed. Each of them applies to what Jesus did on our behalf on the cross! Perhaps that’s why the apostle Paul wrote, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (GALATIANS 6:14). Jesus’ willingness to take our place is the eternal evidence of how much God loves us. As we contemplate the price He paid, may we also celebrate His love - and give thanks for the cross. How could each meaning of tetelestai be applied to the cross of Jesus and what He accomplished there? Why does each one have meaning to you? Let us pray, Father, when I consider the sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf, I am humbled and deeply grateful. Thank You for Jesus and thank You for the cross. OUR THANKS TO THE PASTORATE As you probably know, Robyn and I are leaving Ipswich at the end of August and moving to Ware, Hertfordshire. I will be taking up another part-time position as the Minister of the Leaside Methodist and URC and the Roydon URC churches. I will be joining the Hertfordshire and Essex Border Ecumenical Partnership ministerial team with Reverend Cecil White, a URC colleague and two Methodist ministers. I would like to express our thanks for the warmth, friendship, and kindness of all Ipswich and East URC Pastorate congregations. When we “washed” upon your shores, you welcomed us and took us in with unconditional love. When Paul was shipped wrecked off Malta, he experienced t his same hospitality. Although we cannot claim anything as dramatic as to have been shipwrecked, we can identify with Paul and his friend’s gratitude as they were accepted by the Maltese people. Everyone has been extremely kind and welcoming, and we can honestly say that we have received far more than we could ever repay. We obviously arrived at a challenging time, when at first all the churches were closed, and the only way you saw me was via the Online services on YouTube, not exactly the best means of introduction. Sadly even when the churches did open, we still couldn’t really get to know each other, at best sharing a few words after the service. We are aware that we have not managed to meet many of you and that reality really makes us sad. We often wished that we could have shared a cup of tea and a chat after the service or visit you in the comfort of your home, but sadly that wasn’t to be. A special thanks to David for welcoming and accepting me as part of the Ministry team. Having come from South Africa and working in Beccles, a Methodist and URC LEP, I often joked that he would have to teach me how to be a URC minister. Joking aside, he was as good as his word, and I have learnt a great deal in the time that I have been in the team ministry. Thank you, David. We will continue to remember you in our prayers, especially asking that God send someone to fill this vacancy. God’s richest blessings, Robyn and Ernie
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. Note on some week’s when sharing a broadcast the service may start at 10:30 and entry is from 10:15. 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
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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 still working out how to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions. Please use the enquiry form. 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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