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 September 14th, 2019
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


Advance This is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. The August/September version can be downloaded or read in PDF format by clicking here.
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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


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

Church-R-Us When Birgit and I first arrived in Britain from Germany, back in 1997, we took a while getting acclimatised. One of the things that took time was getting to know where to go to get something. This wasn't just a question of where a store was, for us the problem was what store did we want? If we needed a new hammer it might be simple to say go to a hardware store. But our problem was, what were the hardware stores actually called? Until you know that Homebase, B&Q or Wickes are the names of hardware stores, you can actually spend quite some time walking into the wrong kind of stores, as we did. When we needed a new toaster walking into a Peacocks or Boots was somewhat unhelpful. Apart from McDonalds - people around the world know what is available there - it took time to learn what each store does. Billions are spent each year bringing a business to the attention of the public. The one exception to that was the now departed "Toys-R-Us". The name makes it obvious what that store was about. I have also come across signs saying, "Computers-R-Us", "BBQs-R-Us" or "Beds-R-Us" and its obvious what they are selling. I think, however, that it's more fun to make a list of names that might be used, as people get into the swing of it. A doctor's surgery could advertise itself as "Health-R-Us", a symphony orchestra as "Classics-R-Us", the local library as "Books-R-Us" or "Reading-R-Us". The fact that the phrase is grammatically appalling doesn't matter-it has never bothered the advertising industry. Imagine a school proclaiming "Education-R¬Us!" Perhaps your optician will put up a sign saying "Eyes-R-Us" -although "The Eyes Have It" might be a better choice! (Puns are catchy too. It's probably been done.) The idea, of course, is to create something that sticks in the mind and sums up what your organisation has to offer- something that the potential customer react! to without having to think about it for very long. Whoever dreamt up the format obviously didn't register the concept and everyone has been able to use it. So, if the church is striving to be relevant, is it time for us to join the trend? "Saved-R-Us"? "Forgiven-R-Us"? or does "God's People-R-Us" sound better? How about "Church-R-Us" or "Eternity-R-Us"? It doesn't quite work, does it? When we needed the fence replaced, we didn't go to some large superstore with a couple of zillion advertising budget nor a place called "Fences-R-Us". We got a person who was recommended by someone who had their fence replaced. They in tum had been recommended as well. We are Christians because of what one person, Jesus, did for us, enabling us all to have a relationship with God. It is the relationship that is important, not the catchy slogan. The best advertising is ourselves, living the relationship with God. Some churches have mottos on their notice board something like 'Jesus is the way' or less appealing 'The wages of sin is death'. Depending on the motto, that's OK. But the best motto is our lives lived in response to our living Lord. Our church ‘advertising’ doesn't need to be some catchy slogan. It's a quiet recommendation when someone knows of a need, and points to us as having something (or someone) that might help. Are we getting recommended?  David

Specification of the Organ

















































moveable console.














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.
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
This Week’s Service
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich Sunday September 15 th 2019 Worship for All and Baptism Led by Peter Dawson
Welcome/Notices. Opening words. Mark 9 vs. 36/37. Opening hymn (on sheet) Shine Jesus Shine. Introduction Baptism of William Charles David Girling Prayer. Reading: Mark 10 vs.13-16. Christening hymn R/S 417 Lord Jesus once a child. Talk. Hymn R/S 477 Let there be love. Prayers/Lord's Prayer. Hymn (on sheet) God sent His Son Offering Closing hymn (on sheet) Beauty for brokenness. Blessing. Sunday 10:45 am Worship for All and Harvest Gift Day Led By Sara Pells
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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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: Note: This form is fillable if you have an appropriate PDF reader.
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The main news is that

this is a new website.

We have all the same things as before, such as the diary and this week’s service, but they should be easier and speedier to access. This new website should work well on a reasonably up to date smartphone. You can scroll through the main pages swiftly rather than relying on the navigation bar. However, you can still use the navigation bar if you wish. Please let the webmaster know about any difficulties, what you like and what you would like added. Use the contact page to do so. We know there are friends of St John’s Ipswich around the world, including several in Australia. We also have two members in Tanzania (and we would like to display news of their work here as we did previously).

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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 2019/2020 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 2019/2020

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. (except July - see *** below) 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. 
Approx. Mileage
23 February
4.5 miles
30 March
  5 miles
27 April
6 miles
25 May
Campsea Ashe 
5.75 miles
29 June
6 miles
27 July
Long Melford *** 
31 August
5 miles
28 September
6 miles
26 October
6 miles
30 November
6 miles
28 December
25 January 2020 
4.75 miles
*** Possible whole day - meet at church at 10.00.a.m. Figure Eight walk of 4 and 5.5 miles, with picnic lunch in middle
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich


This is under

construction, so mainly

interest pictures for a

week or two. Just enjoy


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: Church Secretary:Mr Adrian Cubitt email: Webmaster Website which is https for security
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