We very much regret to say, that due the current covid-19 crisis and following the recommended approach from Government that: For the foreseeable future St John’s URC Ipswich will not be holding church services.With Blessings from the Minister and Elders of St John’sLetter from William GlasseDear all,This is not official in any way but a personal invitation to as many as are interested to join me via phone (including landline) smartphone or computer, in my study at home for a few thoughts, Bible Readings and prayers each Sunday morning at 11:00 am during the period of our forced absence from Church. There are many online resources available from the URC and Methodist Churches and elsewhere and all will be excellent. What I am offering is something for those who want to hear a familiar voice and (where technology permits) see a familiar face. Please pass this to as many people as you think may like it within our churches.If you like to listen, please Join the meeting just before 11 – I will open it from 10:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 11:00 – it will end at about 11:30 or before.In order to access this there are three ways:1)Find me on Facebook and follow the event link there that I will set up shortly – I am William Glasse – happy accept new friends2)Click the following link which will open your internet browser – you can continue to join the meeting there (you do not have to download the Teams app unless you want to)Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 3)Dial the following number on a phone: 020 3443 6294 - When asked for the conference ID use your keypad to type 878 173 346 # You will be asked to record your name – but no need unless you want to – and then type # againI hope you find this helpful if you decide to join. Join the meeting just before 11 – I will open it from 10:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 11:00 – it will end at about 11:30 or before.Wishing you every blessing,William.
St John’s URC Ipswich Diary
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
All Services Suspended for Now
In normal times
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.
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
I had spent the evening watching TV. As I turned out my bedside light, I reflected on the last few hours. Apart from the 10 o’clock news, I really struggled to remember what programmes I had been watching. Even when I did finally recall them, I also realised that, apart from a vague overview of the programme I couldn’t really say what had happened. Even though I had been awake the whole time, I had in effect slept through the evening. I had not engaged in the content, which for the most part, I guess, had been ordinary. Just entertainment. Just filling in the time between the evening meal and bed.“Here I am,” says Samuel, awakened from sleep by a God who calls to him personally and persistently. Samuel, in training with the temple priest, Eli, assumes it is Eli who keeps arousing him from sleep. He continues to go to Eli saying, “Here I am”, to which Eli says, “Go back to sleep”, assuming the boy has had a dream or heard some other noise in his sleep. However, upon God’s third call to Samuel, Eli understands the possibility of God at work here, and teaches Samuel how to respond, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”Sometimes we may not recognize the persistent call of God to us in ordinary time and in the midst of our ordinary lives, filled as they are with experiences, good, bad and indifferent. Often it may be someone else - through something we read or a piece of music, a sermon, discerning clarity through Communion, a dear friend’s keen listening ear or even a total stranger - who first hears God’s continual knocking at the walls of our hearts, minds and spirits. Or is it that even though our eyes are open, we’ve been sleeping through our day, and not willing or able to hear that persistent, but quiet, call. Like Samuel, may we be blessed with the wisdom and grace to take note, to listen to the counsel we receive, and to say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Today, may we be blessed to welcome the persistent presence of the Lord more deeply into our lives. “David
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich
Welcome and NoticesWe very much regret to say, that due the current covid-19 crisis and following the recommended approach from Government that: For the foreseeable future St John’s URC Ipswich will not be holding church services.With Blessings from the Minister and Elders of St John’s
The Next Ten Years (TNTY)This positive exercise is to create a plan for the future. We recognise that we need to think about how we manage all the day-day things amongt us so that we can still be a vibrant church; and continue to help those around us. This is just the first step - illuminating what is done - but leaves open the ‘who’ -including the ‘who’ outside of St John’s currently - whoever that might be. The video below is to help us start thinking what part we could contribute to in what has to done week by week. It reminds us of all the many things that have to happen.
Even being able to do part of some of them, or just
do them once in a while will be of help.
Lent Course 2020
This is under
construction, so mainly
interest pictures for a
week or two. Just enjoy
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 2020/2021 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 2020/21
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. 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.