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. Community Coffee for All  This is at the church between 10.30 and 12 noon on the second Saturday of most months. So why not come and meet us there. The next one is on:  Saturday March 14th 2020
Our vision  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.

Our Minister Rev David Rees,

who also looks after 3 other

Churches: Castle Hill,

Felixstowe and

Saxmundham. These

churches and another 17

churches and chapels are

part of the

South Suffolk Area

Partnership

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This week’s Service on 16 th February Worship for All is led by Sara Pells
Link to Hope Report Link
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.   Monday Tuesday    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    5.00pm 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)    1.00pm Ramble Group (last Sat each month) Click here to view the Ramblers Page
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 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.

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.
God’s call
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
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich February 23 rd 2020 10:45 am Worship for All Led By Liz Fox
Welcome and Notices Call to worship – Psalm 2 Hymn R&S 34 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty, Prayer & Lord’s Prayer Reading: Exodus 24:12-18 Hymn R&S 47 O Worship the King, all-glorious above; Bible Readings:Matthew 17:1-7 2 Peter 1:16-21 Hymn R&S 489 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart, Sermon Hymn MP 50 Be still for the Presence of the Lord Prayers Offering Hymn R&S 262 Crown him with many crowns, Blessing Next Sunday Worship for All Led By Rev Peter Ball
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Room Hire

Below is an interactive guide to hiring a room

in St John’s.

The Main Hall

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.

Room 1

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

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
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St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
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: roombooking@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Note: This form is fillable if you have an appropriate PDF reader.
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St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

News

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.

Help further: here is a PDF of the activities described

in the video so that you can think about them quietly.

Just click here to download it.

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

St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Ramble Group

Introduction The 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. 
Date
Location
Approx. Mileage
29 February
Capel St. Mary/Wenhams 
5.5 miles
28 March
Shelland/Haughley 
  6 miles
25 April
Colchester/West Bergholt  
7.5 miles
30 May
Tangham 
6 miles
27 June
Kersey/Semer 
5.5 miles
25 July
Debenham/Ashfield 
6.2 miles
29 August
Coastal   
5 miles
26 September
Hythe/Rowhedge 
5 miles
31 October
Combs Ford/Badley 
5.5 miles
28 November
Grundisburgh  
4.25 miles
2 January 2021
Felixstowe 
5 miles
30 January 
Claydon 
4.75 miles
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Gallery

This is under

construction, so mainly

interest pictures for a

week or two. Just enjoy

them.

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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 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

You can use the form below for any enquiry