Our Vision   is to be a friendly, caring church, serving the local community and wider world through our faith in Jesus Christ.

Services at St John’s

These are at 10:45 normally
07 April
Sunday Worship and Communion Led by Allison Smith
14 April
Sunday Worship Led by Peter Dawson
21 April
Sunday Worship Led by Rev Adam Earle
28 April
Sunday Worship Led by Rev David Rees
Sunday Worship and Communion Led by Peter Dawson

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events at Present

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 7.00pm/2:30pm Church Meeting (5 meetings per Year) Friday


10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about 55 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees and Adam Earle, plus some excellent lay preachers, also including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to pr oject elements of the service including the hymns.
Minister’s Letter

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.
That’s Easter to me… What are the memories of the tastes, the smells and the scenes of the special times in your life? At Christmas, for me it’s the smell of the tree in the lounge room. We always buy a fresh one each year rather than put up an artificial tree. The pervading scent of pine (or fir) means that Christmas has truly and finally arrived, no matter how many weeks the seasonal music has been playing in the shops. Summer has never truly arrived for me, until I’ve been able to get the BBQ out of the garage and I’ve cooked some sausages and chops and unhurriedly eaten them around the patio table; the smell of the BBQ, the sound of the meat sizzling, the relaxing company and the sound of the birds. It is all relatively simple, but brings back and makes new memories, special memories. Every two or three years we used to let a holiday apartment near the shore of Lake Constance in Germany. Once we’ve arrived and moved the suitcase up the stairs to the third floor, we wandered down to the Italian ice cream shop near the lake and bought a scoop or three. Then we headed down and sat on the bench and stare across the lake to the other side, hearing the water gently lapping, licking our ice cream, and I was truly on holiday. And what is Easter to me? I guess it’s the taste of a hot cross bun. It used to be the taste of chocolate but now I’m diabetic, I have to be very careful. If the weather is good, it’s the early morning sitting out the back with a hot coffee warming my hands, listening to the early morning sounds and watching the early morning light playing on the spring leaves and buds. And singing to myself one of the great Easter hymns. I acknowledge that Jesus is risen. I soon have to head off to take a service in a church around the pastorate, but it’s these moments that linger and instruct me. Every year I am transfixed and transformed, and forcefully reminded that Jesus brings new life even in the most lifeless of places. It’s a story that needs to be told and can be easily dismissed in the world that we live in. And each year I am overwhelmed by how unbelievable the story is. The sheer audacity of what is proclaimed. For He is risen! Death is defeated! New life abounds! And that really is Easter to me. Rev David Rees

Room Hire

Below are the main rooms availab le followed by an interactive guide on hiring space at St John’s. The Booking Forms below the pictures of the spaces offer two ways to start the process of Booking. What is different between the methods can be seen in the interactive guide. The Main Hall Upstairs
This is used for Pre-school every weekday during term-time. Also by Brownies and Rainbows on Thursdays. Other than the Sanctuary, it is the largest space in the building and has kitchen fa ci lities just off the hall. Room 1 This is a regulary used space, including use as a Polling Station! It is easy to mak e all sorts of furnitur e arrangements. It is also straight off the main lobby so ma kes 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 flexi bility in the setting of the furniture.
The Sanctuary The sanctuary is also very flexibl e in layout, but as the chairs are m ore substantial, re-arrangements r equire much more work. Ther e is a loop sound system and a projection screen. The organ console se en in the picture to the left is moveable. The organ pipes can be seen above the congregation seating ar ea in the picture below.
Last, but not least, are the supporting areas. There are toi lets on both floors including baby changing and disabled facilities on the gr ound floor. There is a small lift in the entrance lobby for people to get to and from the upper floor. Finally, each flo or has kit chen facilities. The pictures are of the downstairs kithen. There are toilets on both levels with a disabled facility on the ground floor.

Below is a brief guide to hiring a room in St John’s.

Booking Rooms at St John's URC Ipswich

Initial Considerations When? Day? Time? How long needed for Booking Including : Setting Up, Clearing Up What Space Do You Really Need What Sized Space? How Many People? How Many Tables? How Many Chairs? Do You Need Kitchen Facilities? £ COST: Price on Application Please note that it will vary with the frequency of use and, in colder parts of the year, the heating requirements.
Car Parking This is really difficult so assume it is NOT AVAILABLE Conditions of Booking Summary No Smoking, No Alcohol, No Exit Blocking You Must
Take all precautions on safety Have Public Liability Insurance - See Conditions Document for Guidance on Public Liability Insurance requirements. Comply with all Laws On: Health and Safety Safe-Guarding of vulnerable adults and children Food Hygiene Entertainment Licences
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Disability Equality Clean and Tidy Up after the event with everything returned to its original place!
2 Download a form and complete it and return to: roombooking@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Simple and you can work on it when you have time and can check information. The form is a fillable PDF but you may need to print it still if your PDF reader is not able to cope with it.

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: Sara Pells
You can use the form below for any enquiry