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.
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

August Advance This is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to advance@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk 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
Community Sharing on Sundays of Virtual Service Options during Covid-19 restrictions Options Available Sunday Worship Rev David Rees Rev Elaine Colechin West Suffolk Churches
Direct from the URC https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020

Letter from William Glasse Dear 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 friends 2) 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 # again I 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  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020

Opening for Individual Prayer We hope to open the church starting on Sunday 9th August so that you can come for 15 minutes or so at any time 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. There will be a one way system to ensure social distancing of two metres is possible. This will be marked by arrows on the floor. You will enter the left hand doors and turn left to enter the sanctuary (there will be hand sanitiser available). As required by Government for church premises, we will ask you to sign a form to say you agree to our keeping your details; once signed, we will keep that whilst we are operating the church in this way. We will then take your details: See example of the Form below which says we will only keep a note of the date and time of any visit for 21 days. This is to provide the necessary details for NHS Track and Trace, and whilst not compulsory, the elders would urge you to provide this information. A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others. There will be no singing possible and you are requested not to engage in conversation with others until you have left 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’s Consent form for places of worship To support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving St John’s URC Ipswich. In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation. We will keep your visit details for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, if it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else. Thank you for your understanding. If you agree to providing your information for this reason, please complete the following form: Name Tel. No Signature Date
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
All Suspended for now
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

All Services Cancelled but we hope

to open for Individual Prayer

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.

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.
Choosing The Best The 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.
David
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to St John’s URC Cowper Street Ipswich
Welcome and Notices We very much regret to say, that due the current covid-19 crisis and following the recommended approach from Government that: For now St John’s URC Ipswich will not be holding church services but hope to open for individual prayer. Rev David Rees is currently providing a weekly Online Service With Blessings from the Minister and Elders of St John’s Brian and Angie Latest
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.

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

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. 
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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

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

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