January AdvanceThis is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to firstname.lastname@example.org Also if you have both a printer and nearby members that a print a copy that would be their only means of reading it. Ensuring you avoid any possible contamination in doing so by using disposable gloves for all stages including posting it through the door. Here is a version with coloured pictures & cover for reading on line or printing
Covid -19 latest news:From Sunday 27th December we will be closeduntil further notice.More Here on What is happeningWeeklyA live half hour Zoom Serviceat 10:30Sunday
Please Note at least until the end of 2020 we are unable to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions.
Letter 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 evening at 7:00 pm 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 7 – I will open it from 6:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 7:00 – it will end at about 7:30 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 7:00 – I will open it from 6:55 but say nothing until my clock strikes at 7:00 – it will end at about 7:30 or before.Wishing you every blessing,William.
Covid-19 precautions: 23/12/2020
Opening for Christmas Day Service The church is open at 10:30 until 11:15 before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required. •Theideaistoavoidtoomanypeoplearrivingatonce.YoumuststayoutsideStJohn’suntilcalledforwardandstay 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.•There is only a disabled toilet facility available.•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). •AsrequiredbyGovernmentforchurchpremises,wewillaskyoutosignaformtosayyouagreetoourkeepingyour details;oncesigned,wewillkeepthatwhilstweareoperatingthechurchinthisway.Wewillthentakeyourdetails: SeeexampleoftheFormbelowwhichsayswewillonlykeepanoteofthedateandtimeofanyvisitfor21days.This istoprovidethenecessarydetailsforNHSTrackandTrace,andwhilstnotcompulsory,theelderswouldurgeyouto provide this information. There is QR Code to read for your phone.•A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others.•No singing is allowed.•You will leave the sanctuary via Room 1 as guided by a steward.•Therewillbenoconversationpossiblewithothersuntilyouhaveleftandareoutsidethebuildingandyouare strongly discouraged from meeting on the footway outside the church. 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 SecretaryFrom the Elders of St John’sConsent form for places of worshipTosupporttheNHSTestandTraceprogramme,wearetakingcontactdetails(nameandtelephonenumber)forall visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving St John’s URC Ipswich. We do have a QR Code to scan.InlinewithguidanceissuedbytheDepartmentforHealthandSocialCare,wewillkeepyourdetailssafelyandin compliancewithGDPRlegislation.Wewillkeepyourvisitdetailsfor21daysbeforesecurelydisposingofordeleting them.WewillonlyshareyourdetailswithNHSTestandTrace,ifasked,ifitisneededtohelpstopthespreadof Coronavirus.Wewillnotuseyourdetailsforanyotherpurposesorpassthemontoanyoneelse.Thankyouforyour understanding.If you agree to providing your information for this reason, please complete the following form:NameTel. NoSignatureDate
St John’s URC Ipswich Diary
Sunday 10.45am Worship for All. Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service. 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 Cancelled 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.
Doing New ThingsHalf full or half empty? Looking forward towards 2021 it is easy to be pessimistic. Covid continues to send shock waves, and at the time of writing, the new Covid strain is putting even more strain on our communities. The economy is contracting, and people are losing their jobs. Even though the government has had to borrow to get us through these difficult times, at some stage the debts have to be repaid. Those who depend on the interest of their savings find their investments bring in next to nothing. Brexit causes huge uncertainty, whether or not it is a good idea (and the country is still divided over that!).There is some hope with the new immunisation programme, but then realism comes with talk that it will take to the end of 2021 before we reach that critical ‘herd immunity’. Until then, the NHS will be under significant pressure and most believe we will be in a third lockdown (or Tier 4) by early January, at the latest.With the general pessimism in our community and country, it is easy to believe that our glasses are half empty.'See I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19It takes faith to look at the signs of the times and see that something more is happening, that what we see – however real and painful and distressing they may be – is only part of the picture. That God is working in and through and despite all that we see and feel and experience.2021 might bring many a shock; it might bring many a problem. But 2021 might also be a time of God working his purpose out, weaved through the distress and pain.And if we continue to be faithful to God, in both words and actions, we as a church and as individuals might find that there is more. Perhaps by God’s grace, our glasses aren’t just full, they are overflowing. Whatever may happen, I wonder what God has in store for us?David
All Services are Online due to Covid Restrictions
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich
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.
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.