August AdvanceThis is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to email@example.com 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 are 2 versions: 1 Full Colour & light download 2 Coloured Pictures & Cover for printing
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 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.
Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020
Opening for Individual PrayerWehopetoopenthechurchstartingonSunday9thAugustsothatyoucancomefor15minutesorsoatanytime between 10:30 until 11:15 before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. The idea is to avoid too many people arriving at once. Please note no toilet facilities will be available. You must stay outside St John’s until called forward and stay 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.You will need to have a face-covering on at all times, from just before entering the church, until you are outside again.Therewillbeaonewaysystemtoensuresocialdistancingoftwometresispossible.Thiswillbemarkedbyarrowson the floor. 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.Thisis toprovidethenecessarydetailsforNHSTrackandTrace,andwhilstnotcompulsory,theelderswouldurgeyouto provide this information.A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others.Therewillbenosingingpossibleandyouarerequestednottoengageinconversationwithothersuntilyouhaveleft and are outside the building. You will leave the sanctuary via Room 1 as guided by a steward.Despite all the above, we would really love to see you if you can visit safely. From 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.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. 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
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.
Choosing The BestThe enigmatic story of Mary and Martha has always fascinated me.Jesus has been welcomed into their home, and Mary sits and listens to the engaging conversation, while Martha is in the kitchen preparing refreshments for the guests. Martha is peeved and complains to Jesus that her sister is shirking from the necessary work needed for good hospitality. (Luke 10:38-42)I remember hearing about a church study day where the speaker, looking at this passage, had spent most of the 2 morning sessions criticising Martha and extolling Mary for ‘choosing the better part’(v42).It came to lunch, normally a highlight of the day, and as they trooped into the dining hall, nothing had been prepared. The tables had not been set, the food had not been cooked, in fact, no one was in the kitchen at all. The women who had been assigned these un-started tasks were rounded up and interrogated.They replied that, after listening to the speaker in the first session, they believed it was their Christian duty to ‘choose the better part’, and be inspired by the wisdom of the speaker by staying in the second session, rather than preparing lunch.The speaker, who was known to fond of a good meal, was left speechless.Frequently, when we engage with the bible, we pick up the wrong part of the story. The story of Mary and Martha has been caste as a choice between spirituality and service, with a strong emphasis that spiritual should always trump service.The message however isn’t that one is good and the other bad, but one of priorities at any given time. As the writer of Ecclesiastes says, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven’ (Ecc 3:1).As we slowly crawl out from under the lockdown rock, and look around and see life that is starting to be just a bit more normal, though with far more uncertainty, what are our priorities?Will we begin to run around and engage in every activity under heaven? Will we sit back and decide that the world out there is far too dangerous? Will we risk new worship forms or grumble that the old ways are the best? Will we step back from practically serving others even as loneliness, isolation, unemployment, family breakdown, etc, increase?The priorities we set in the coming weeks and months will have a profound effect on our society as well as ourselves. Let us prayerfully choose ‘the better part’ whichever that may be in our situation.
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.