October 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 is a version with coloured pictures & cover for reading on line or printing
Covid-19 latest news:This Sunday 11 October is a liveservice led by Peter Dawsonother Sundays we are holding times of Individual Quiet Prayer from 10:30 and includes the Online Service Projected on Screen starting at 10:45. The church will close at 11:30More Here
Please Note at least until the end of 2020 we are unable to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions.
Covid-19 precautions: 31/07/2020
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: 31/07/2020
Opening for Individual Prayer and Online Serviceand live ServicesThechurchisopenat10:30andtheonlineserviceorliveservicewillrunfrom10:45andfinishbeforeweclosethe church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. •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.•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.•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. 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
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.
Greetings from Adam (Minister in Training)As I come to write this letter, the churches around Ipswich and East group are opening for live worship. Of course, this is in a COVID Secure way. As I have said to many of you, it is a remarkably interesting and strange time to be completing a placement as the final part of my training. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the warm welcome you have given me and I hope in due course I will be able to see what you look like without a mask covering half your face or in a small box on my computer screen! For this reason, if you see me around town please do forgive me if I don’t recognise you but please do say hi. Over the next few months, the ministry team will be leading a Christianity Explored Course, this is a great introduction to the Christian faith and an opportunity to ask questions about what it means to be a Christian. If you know anyone who would like to take part in this 7-week course on Zoom please pass on the information and ask them to register (details later in this newsletter) I highly recommend it! I am also looking forward to preaching and meeting you all over the next month or two, But in the meantime, recognising times are tough at the moment for many and there are so many challenges around, I would like to encourage you with one of my favourite bible passages: - 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to respond, I pray for God’s peace and blessings over you all,Adam
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.